On Thursday July 6, 2017, Joan Lee, the wife of Stan Lee of Marvel Comics fame passed away in Los Angeles, CA at the age of 93. Lee was hospitalized earlier this week after suffering a stroke.
A spokesperson for Stan Lee released a statement on behalf of him and his family to The Hollywood Reporter:
“I can confirm the sad news that Joan Lee passed away this morning quietly and surrounded by her family. The family ask that you please give them time to grieve and respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
Joan Clayton Boocock married Stan Lee on December 5, 1947. They had two daughters together: Joan Celia “J.C.” Lee was born in 1950 and Jan Lee was born but tragically died three days after birth in 1953.
Stan Lee reflected on when he first met Joan to THR in 2016 when he celebrated his 75th anniversary in the comic book industry:
“My wife was English, and there was a guy she liked as a young girl who married someone else. And Joan was very high spirited — I think she thought, ‘I’ll show him!’ And she grabbed the first American Army officer that was stationed there and married him. I think mostly to show this other guy. So, she came over here and he was still in the Army over there. And I met her. And I realized she didn’t really love that guy and was probably planning to divorce him anyway. She was just what I wanted. I wanted to get her divorced quickly. So, I found out in Reno you could get a divorce in six weeks. All you had to do was establish residency. So, I sent her to Reno. She wrote to me every day. Along around the fourth or fifth week, I got a letter that said ‘Dear Jack.’ Now I’m not the smartest guy in the world, but I know my name isn’t Jack. Maybe I better go to Reno and see what’s going on. So, I ran to the airline office or somewhere and said I want a ticket on the first plane to Reno, which showed how stupid I was because the first plane to Reno was the local milk run that stopped at every town between here and Reno. Anyway, I got there and here’s three guys with her. They all look like John Wayne. Big Western guys! Rugged! And I get off the plane fresh from New York with my little pork pie hat and a little scarf and my gloves. I thought, ‘I don’t have a chance.’”
Fans may also remember Joan appeared alongside her husband in a cameo for X-Men: Apocalypse.
The staff at Heroic Hollywood would like to extend our deepest condolences to Stan Lee and the rest of his and Joan’s family during their time of grief.