The host of HBO wrote a blog post that questioned the legacy of the comic book creator over the weekend.
Stan Lee's company POW! Entertainment on Monday published an open letter to Bill Maher after the HBO host wrote a derogatory blog post questioning the legacy of the Marvel icon, who died on Nov. 12.
"The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and the United States is in mourning, profound and profound mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I do not know, see a movie, I suppose," Maher wrote in Real time website on Saturday. "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, both adults and children, was that the comics were for children, and when you grew up you went to the books of big children without the photos ".
He concluded his publication with: "I do not think it is a great effort to suggest that Donald Trump could only be chosen in a country that believes that comics are important."
The fans dragged Maher over the coals for their comments. POW! I was not happy either.
"Mr. Maher: comics, like all literature, are narrative devices", the POW statement! "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, with luck, make us better human beings".
He continued: "One 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 you are entitled to your opinion that the comics are childish and unsophisticated. same about Dickens. "Steinbeck, Melville and even Shakespeare. But to say that Stan simply inspired people to "watch a movie" is, in our opinion, downright disgusting. "
POW! Lee said he helped change the world by helping to inspire young minds to read and dream.
"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 countless creative people and dreaming of great things to come," the statement continues. "These are just some of the things that we, the Stan Lee fans, also consider" adults "because life, both as children and as adults, can be a struggle, Stan is the author of millions of people. Happy memories of childhood and the provider Many of the positive tools of adulthood Our commotion for your comments makes us want to say "Nuff said, Bill," but instead, we'll trust another of Stan's lessons to remind him that he has a powerful platform, so remember: & # 39; With great power he must also come – great responsibility! & # 39;
Many fans and stars have paid homage to Lee since his death at age 95, and his family cried at a private funeral last week.