Artists Are Creating Moving Tributes To Comics Icon Stan Lee—And Now We’re Crying 😭

Artists around the world have paid tribute to the memory and influence of Spider-man creator Stan Lee. With comic strips and artwork, they commemorated the comic book pioneer.

Comic and storyboard artist Charlotte Norris, a 23-year-old from California, echoed the cover of “Death of Spider-man” with her piece.

The original features a maskless Spider-man walking into the afterlife with the ghost of his Uncle Ben.

“You did good, kid,” says Ben, on the original cover, as the characters walk away.

Charlotte reversed the roles for her tribute, with Spiderman welcoming Lee to the afterlife.

She said:

“It was a big moment where a beloved hero who I looked up to passed away.”

“I guess hearing that Stan Lee had passed away filled me with that same feeling.”

“I started making comics because of the groundwork Stan Lee laid out. I owe a lot to him.”

Rafael Vadelate, a 38-year-old illustrator from Mexico, pictured Superman comforting a crying Spider-man.

He told the Press Association:

“I chose Superman because I think not only the people of Marvel and the followers are sad about it, but everyone, including those who prefer DC comics.”

 

British artist James Hence drew Stan Lee with The Hulk. The big guy was another of Lee’s most famous characters.

The 43-year-old, who lives in Orlando, said:

“It’s impossible to overstate the impact that Stan Lee had on pop culture. He quite simply made generations of lost and lonely children feel like giants.”

Spanish artist Daniel Romero, from Seville, drew Mr Lee saying goodbye to Spiderman.

He said:

“I decided to recreate a scene in which Spider-Man was saying goodbye to his co-creator, as if he were his father, who gives him one last hug.”

Erin Lefler, an artist and character designer at Lucasfilm, posted a portrait of Lee with his catchphrase “Excelsior”.

She said:

“If it wasn’t for Stan Lee coming up with these various worlds we like to escape into, and creating these heroes that we all know and love, I would’ve never pursued my dream career of being an artist.”

She added:

“I wanted to create this piece as my way of saying thank you for everything he did for me, and to more importantly celebrate his legacy he leaves behind.”

Kat Hudson, a character designer at Warner Brothers animation, shared a picture she initially drew in 2017, featuring Lee relaxing and talking with some of his most famous female superheroes.

She said:

“He’s had a hand in creating so many iconic female characters, I wanted to surround him by some of his girls.”

Taipei artist Jun Chiu’s piece referenced the climactic ending of Avengers: Infinity War—one of the most recent Marvel films about Lee’s characters.

The piece sees Lee drawing at his desk before his hand starts to dissolve away.

The caption on the artwork reads:

“Maybe we will forget many heroes, but we will always remember the man who created the heroes.”

Chiu said the piece is inspired by “the human nature” of heroes.

He added:

“I thank him for creating so many memories in my childhood.”

A version of this article originally appeared on Press Association.