Should you’ve ever heard of Spider-Man, Iron Man or extra just lately, Black Panther, you’ve gotten the late comedian e-book legend Stan Lee to thank. The famend author and movie producer died on Nov. 12, 2018, in Los Angeles.
Lee leaves behind a powerful legacy and is partially liable for reworking Marvel Comics into in the end what would develop into a multimedia big.
Many College of Georgia college students had been devastated to listen to the information and spoke on their shock and unhappiness at shedding such a icon.
Lauren White, a senior early childhood schooling main from Kennesaw, mentioned her sister texted her whereas she was consuming lunch at Tate with some mates.
“All of us simply froze and stared on the desk,” White mentioned. “We’re all simply large nerds and we had been all simply silent. He was doing remarkably properly.”
Some college students, like Micah Dammann, a junior promoting main from Atlanta, heard of Lee’s demise by way of the Web.
“I actually awoke from my nap an hour in the past and went on Twitter and noticed Stan Lee was trending,” Dammann mentioned.
Mary McGill, a junior promoting main from Gainesville, additionally examine his passing on-line.
“I noticed it on Twitter and I used to be so unhappy,” McGill mentioned.
Different followers, like Michael Ethridge, a junior advertising and promoting main from Greensboro, heard of Lee’s demise from social media websites like Fb.
“I really heard about it on the Fb web page often called ‘Overheard at UGA,’” Ethridge mentioned.
Lee was energetic and interacted along with his fanbase at conventions and extra just lately, on Twitter. Dammann was a kind of who met Lee at Dragon Con, a multigenre conference held yearly in Atlanta. Dammann mentioned assembly Lee was emotional.
“I’ve paid to fulfill him three separate instances — it was life-changing,” Dammann mentioned. “Though he was so previous, he beloved assembly his followers. I cried. I simply noticed him in individual and I used to be like, ‘Whoa,’ [and] I began bawling.”
Ashi Patel, a sophomore journalism and movie research double main from Columbus, additionally had the chance to fulfill Lee. Patel entered a contest known as the Ant-Man Micro-Tech Problem and was one of many 5 winners chosen.
“What they had been on the lookout for was for folks to make use of a chunk of microtechnology … to make a chunk of expertise,” Patel mentioned. “I made a machine that would draw out on paper no matter I used to be drawing on the pc.”
The machine Patel created led her to journey to California and, in the end, meet Lee.
“We bought to fulfill the chief producers of Marvel and we had been on the purple carpet for ‘Ant-Man,’” Patel mentioned. “I bought to fulfill Stan Lee there, on the purple carpet. I bought to inform him [that] he’s the explanation I write and the explanation I ever wished to put in writing tales. That’s one of many highlights of my life.”
It’s these tales Lee created and advised that impressed many throughout the globe.
For Dammann, whose uncle “raised [her]” on Marvel comics, Lee was a “large proponent” in her childhood.
“[Lee] leaves this large legacy as a result of the … superhero trade is booming,” Dammann mentioned. “He simply set this large normal.”
Ethridge mentioned he was launched to Lee’s works by his grandfather.
“My grandfather gave me ‘Unbelievable 4 Vol. 1’ written by Lee with artwork by Jack Kirby,” Ethridge mentioned. “I can truthfully say that with out Lee’s affect in my life, I’d be a really totally different individual than I’m immediately, as a result of by way of his characters, I realized so many classes about life and the way to proceed by way of the tough patches of it.”
McGill, who remembers Lee’s affect on her as early as seventh grade when she was 13 years previous, mentioned one of many causes Lee will go away behind such a legacy is as a result of he introduced his “characters to life.”
“‘Infinity Conflict’ made essentially the most cash in motion pictures ever made opening weekend due to how beloved these characters are,” McGill mentioned. “DC doesn’t even evaluate — their movies don’t evaluate. [The Marvel comics] are so well-written as a result of he’s doing it to make these characters relatable.”
McGill cited one in every of her favourite superheroes, Spider-Man, as a main instance of a strong however relatable character.
“Peter Parker is such a dork,” McGill mentioned. “He’s such a loser and he actually constructed issues from the trash as a result of he’s poor and he turns into this superhero. However he retains it to himself as a result of he needs folks to nonetheless perceive he’s human.”
McGill mentioned even heroes like Thor, the God of Thunder, have human qualities to them that make them relatable to the typical individual.
“You see all the pieces he offers with within the movie that make him human, like shedding his brother,” she mentioned. “So [by] making these superheroes human, we discover methods to attach with them.”
White mentioned superheroes like Physician Unusual give others a voice and assist present range inside cinema and comics.
“For me personally … [Doctor Strange] is a personality that overcame a incapacity and nonetheless turned this highly effective character regardless of that,” White mentioned. “As somebody who struggles with [a] incapacity myself… he had such an affect on me. I feel [Lee] gave voices not solely to individuals who really feel totally different every single day and reminded folks how extraordinary they’re, however he additionally gave voices to folks of all walks of life.”
In the same means, Patel emphasised the impact Lee and his works will proceed to have on the worldwide neighborhood.
“He’s already made such an affect on folks,” Patel mentioned. “I do know so many individuals within the comedian and design trade who’ve been impressed by … his artwork as properly. He wrote characters … who appeared so human regardless that that they had powers. Making the little man really feel like they could possibly be like that in the future [is] one of many impacts he’s had on different storytellers.”
Correction: In a earlier model of this Stan Lee was incorrectly recognized as an artist within the headline. This has since been corrected and the Pink & Black regrets this error.