POW from Stan Lee's company! Entertainment published an open letter on Monday in response to a blog post written by Bill Maher that rebuked the Marvel icon after his death on November 12.
The initial publication of Maher's blog criticized American adults for taking comics seriously and questioning the validity of Lee's legacy.
In response, Lee's company wrote: "Mr. Maher: Comics, like all literature, are narrative devices, when they are written well by great creators like Stan Lee, they make us feel, they make us think and they teach us lessons that , hopefully, they make us better human beings. "A lesson that Stan taught to many of us was tolerance and respect, and thanks to that message, we are grateful to be able to say that he is entitled to his opinion that comics are childish and Unsophisticated, many said the same about Dickens, Steinbeck, Melville and even Shakespeare. "
The letter also qualifies Maher's statements as "disgusting," before emphasizing the importance of Lee's work in providing hope to readers who have felt differently or have been harassed.
"But to say that Stan simply inspired people to" watch a movie "is, in our opinion, downright disgusting," POW! wrote. "Countless people can attest to how Stan inspired them to read, taught them that the world is not made of absolutes, that heroes can have flaws, and even villains can show humanity within their souls. "He gave us the X-Men, Black Panther, Spider-Man and many other heroes and stories that offered hope to those who felt different and intimidated while inspiring innumerable to be creative and dream of great things to come."
The answer comes immediately after Maher's original publication entitled "Adulting," which reads in part: "The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk died and the United States is in mourning." Deep and deep mourning for a man who It inspired millions to, I do not know, watch a movie, I suppose. "
Maher continued: "Now, I have nothing against comics, I read them from time to time as a child and I did not have Hardy Boys. But the assumption that everyone had then, both adults Y The children, was that the comics were for children, and when you grew up you went to the books of large children without the photos ".
Maher concluded the post with a reflection on the presidential election of Donald Trump, once again questioning the intelligence of adults who enjoy reading comics.
"The problem is that we are using our intelligence in stupid things," he wrote. "I do not think it's a big effort to suggest that Donald Trump could only be chosen in a country that believes comics are important."