Sadly, Joan Lee, the beloved wife of Marvel creator Stan Lee, died Thursday at 95. She suffered a stroke earlier in the week, and was hospitalized shortly thereafter. Marvel paid tribute to the super special lady in a statement, saying, “We lost a member of the Marvel family today.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joan, a former British hat model, impulsively married an American soldier during WWII after her childhood sweetheart married another woman. They moved to New York, where Joan was extremely unhappy. Who should be in New York at the exact same time? Lo and behold — Stan Lee.
“When I was young, there was one girl I drew; one body and face and hair. It was my idea of what a girl should be. The perfect woman. And when I got out of the Army, somebody, a cousin of mine, knew a model, a hat model at a place called Laden Hats. He said, ‘Stan, there’s this really pretty girl named Betty. I think you’d like her. She might like you. Why don’t you go over and ask her to lunch’ … So I went up to this place. Betty didn’t answer the door. But Joan answered…I took one look at her — and she was the girl I had been drawing all my life.”
Pause for major swooning!
What a beautiful memory. We’re so sorry for your loss, Stan, but we know your love will live on.