The company published the letter on Monday in response to a blog post written by Maher that rebuked the Marvel icon after his death on November 12.
A file photo of Stan Lee.
Stan Lees company POW! Entertainment published an open letter criticizing Bill Mahers in response to the death of the comic book legend.
The company published the letter on Monday in response to a blog post written by Maher that scolded the Marvel icon after his death on November 12, reports variety.com.
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 well written by great creators like Stan Lee, they make us feel, they make us think and they teach us lessons that , hopefully, they make us feel better human beings
"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." Many said the same thing of 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," the letter said.
"Countless people can attest to how Stan inspired them to read, he taught them that the world is not made of absolutes, that heroes can have defects, and even villains can show humanity within their souls. Men, Black Panther. "Spider-Man and many other heroes and stories that offered hope to those who felt different and harassed while inspiring many to be creative and dream of great things to come."