Joan Lee, wife of Marvel Comic legend Stan Lee, has passed away Thursday at the age of 95. A spokesperson reported the news today stating, "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." Earlier this week, Joan suffered from a stroke and was hospitalized.
Born Joan Clayton, Joan was an English hat model and actress. She moved to New York after the second world war when she married an American serviceman. Very unhappy in her marriage, Joan found success in her hat modeling career. She then met Stan and they wed shortly after. In a story shared with The Hollywood Reporter, Stan explains that they wed an hour after she finalized her divorce with the American serviceman.
Joan and Stan have been married for 69 years, sharing two daughters, Joan and Jan (the latter passing three days after delivery). Joan is credited as being a muse to Stan, inspiring him to create The Fantastic Four in 1961. Joan has also voiced the character Miss Forbes in The Fantastic Four television show, as well as Madame Web in the television show Spider-Man. In 1987, Joan published a romance novel titled The Pleasure Palace. Alongside her husband, Joan made a cameo in the 2016 X-Men: Apocalypse.
On behalf of Stan, thanks for the heartfelt condolences.He is well and truly appreciates the outpouring of love for Joan.-POW! Entertainment pic.twitter.com/AhtKjXWfvX
— stan lee (@TheRealStanLee) July 7, 2017