Joan Lee – the wife of Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee – died July 6 in Los Angeles at the age of 93. While no official cause of death was given, the family stated that Joan died peacefully and surrounded by her family. Reportedly she had had a stroke earlier in the week.
The English-born model came to the United States – New York – during World War II. Lee recalls meeting Joan, “When I was young, there was one girl I drew; one body and face and hair. It was my idea of what a girl should be. The perfect woman. And when I got out of the Army, somebody, a cousin of mine, knew a model, a hat model at a place called Laden Hats. He said, ‘Stan, there’s this really pretty girl named Betty. I think you’d like her. She might like you. Why don’t you go over and ask her to lunch.’ Blah, blah, blah.
“So I went up to this place. Betty didn’t answer the door. But Joan answered, and she was the head model. I took one look at her — and she was the girl I had been drawing all my life. And then I heard the English accent. And I’m a nut for English accents! She said, ‘May I help you?’ And I took a look at her, and I think I said something crazy like, ‘I love you.’ I don’t remember exactly. But anyway, I took her to lunch. I never met Betty, the other girl. I think I proposed to [Joan] at lunch.” Already married, Joan sought a divorce and one hour after the divorce was finalized, she and Stan were married.
Like her husband, Joan Lee appeared in some of the motion picture productions of Stan Lee’s creations as the computer voice in the television series “Iron Man”, as the voice of Miss Forbes and an old woman in six episodes of the animated television series “Fantastic Four,” the voice of Madame Web in eleven episodes of “Spider-Man,” and as Joanie Lee in “X-Men: Apocalypse.”
Stan credits Joan for being his inspiration and muse when it came to creating his characters and comic books.
While she did not create any graphic novels, Joan Lee did pen a novel of her own “The Pleasure Palace.”
She was born Joan Clayton Boocock on February 5, 1924 in Newcastle upon Tyne in England.
She is survived by her husband of 69 years Stan and daughter Joan. The couple had a daughter Jan who was born in 1953 but died only days after her birth.
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