What is going on with Stan Lee?! It's totally our business to know all his personal affairs!!!
Fans in Ohio were upset but understanding last week when comics legend Stan Lee canceled an appearance at a public library in Toledo. After all, who wants to go to Toledo? However, when Lee announced shortly thereafter that he was canceling all convention appearances in the near future, speculation began to run rampant. Is Stan, 89 years old, having medical troubles?
Comics sites are all up in Lee's business. The Beat writes:
Lee’s busy, busy schedule is the topic of some speculation from time to time. Is he just doing it for fun? For money? (A Stan Lee VIP package at Wizard World New Orleans or other shows costs $299¯and they seem to sell a lot of them.) A mix of both? Something else? No one has the answer.
Since Lee is not running for president, it seems a bit odd that comic fans and journalists would expect to be privvy to his financial records, but there you have it. We are a shameful group of people. Adding to the mystery, Stan Lee's Comikaze facebook page posted the following update, which is either an off the cuff, honest response, or a meticulously crafted political PR piece with careful consideration given to every missed capitalization and use of the word "cuz:"
It sucks Stan had to cancel, but you know the man doesn't just do conventions. he puts in a hard days work creating. Its really sad that the Toledo Blade had to go spread nonsense. If you want to be up to date on stan then follow us, cuz he kinda owns our company. Its sad that a some blogs are scaring fans. not really nice.
ps we had a milkshake with him on saturday. that should tell you it all there!
While this reporter used the news of the initial cancellation as an opportunity to mock the state of Ohio, today we will simply wish Stan, a beloved legend in most of rational comics fandom, the best and hope that, whatever medical, financial, or existential crisis he is going through, he has the speediest possible recovery so that comic fans can resume arguing pettily about how much credit he deserves for his work in the sixties compared to Kirby or Ditko without feeling like vultures.*
*Not that that will stop people from doing it in the forum comments for this article. They'll just feel dirty about it.