'Private closed' family funeral held for Stan Lee

Private funeral to be held for Stan Lee, more memorial plans in the works

"[His death is] really sad because, you know, the guy wrote a bunch of characters and created this entire universe and he made a lot of people happy". From "The Amazing Spider-Man" to "The Incredible Hulk", "The Uncanny X-Men" to Marvel's first family, "The Fantastic Four", his work has created a legacy that has yet to be matched. "I don't think it's a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important", his essay concluded.

While most people couldn't imagine dissing a legend such as Lee, especially less than a week after his death, Maher took the opportunity to address his belief that Marvel Comics has poisoned the minds of American voters and, as a result, caused the Trump presidency.

He acknowledges that he used to read and like comics when he was younger, but that they're meant for kids and the assumption is "when you grew up you moved on to big-boy books without the pictures".

Lee died Monday in Los Angeles.

Bill Maher then went on to say that the increased presence of comics in popular culture and their acceptance as an art form for adults has led to a dumbing-down of society.

"Bill Maher just took a dump on the comic book legend, universally beloved man - Stan Lee who just died, and by extension the whole community of readers and every single person who loved comics growing up", another Twitter user wrote. "Newsflash: Bill Maher is still a dips-", he wrote.

Responses to Hammer's apology ranged from "we stan personal growth" to sharing his initial viewpoint on "our current, superfluous selfie culture". "He gave us a monster (the Thing) who wanted to be a man". He contrasted his point with an excerpt from a recent interview with the Post and Courier where Maher doesn't come off quite so noble.

The act shows that even though DC and Marvel have always been rivals, fans - and even the companies themselves - can look beyond their differences to recognize the greats.

"I never speak on topics I know little or nothing about. Why?"

Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. shared a photo of him and Lee which he captioned, "I owe it all to you..."

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