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In Memory of Stan Lee – African Artists Pay Tribute 

There hasn’t been a more iconic, feisty and inspiring character than Stan Lee in comic books and pop-culture and we lost him this week. Stan Lee, who was a driving force of Marvel Comics and in effect, the inspiration for millions of people across the world to go into comics has left a glorious legacy that will last for generations.

The 95-year-old comic book veteran helped create many of the greatest characters and storylines in comic book publishing history and in recent times, the superhero movie universe. Black Panther, Spiderman, Gwen Stacy, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Nick Fury, Professor X, Magneto, Jean Grey, Captain Mar-Vell are just a few of the iconic characters Stan Lee co-created.

People have taken to social media to pay tribute to the icon and African artists haven’t been left out. African illustrators are paying their tributes the only way they know how – engraving permanent memories of Stan Lee in their own art styles and sharing what the legend’s legacy means for them.

What follows is a collection of  some of the tributes we came across on social media. 

I like to think Stan Lee hasn’t died but has simply travelled to another dimension. Stan Lee’s departure from this reality will be greatly felt. May he find rest inside the soul stone.

Excelsior!

Catch Marvel Studio’s touching tribute to Stan Lee at the end of this post.

1. Bolaji Olaloye

2. ed.

Stan Lee tribute art by ed

3. Ejob Nathaniel Ejob

4. Obi Arisukwu (Obi Aris)

5. Dominic Ozirien

6. Joseph Osei Bonsu

7. Chukwudi Nwaefulu

8. Yoofi

9. Henry Akrong

10. Murewa Ayodele

11. LOL Gh

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We were first introduced to superhero comics in our early childhood years and were blown away by the impeccable and intense storylines such as the infinity gauntlet, the onslaught story featuring the X-Men, Alpha Flight, the Spider-Man Venom Saga and the Days of Future Past amongst many others. With all these marvel comics the name “Stan Lee” was consistently etched on the cover next to the @marvel logo. Our adventurous minds were completely blown away, as if awoken from a deep slumber. To this day we still feel the impression and impact his comics made on us. It’s hard to be a creative in this part of the world where grown men and women with any association to comics, super heroes, alternative arts and animation are tagged childish, immature and often discouraged since our society deems it non-profitable. Truth be told, some stories and experiences are best depicted in these art forms. We always complain about unemployment however we refuse to see we are limiting ourselves to job opportunities because of fear of being ridiculed. We are forever grateful to Stan Lee for starting this comic revolution. You left enormous shoes to fill but we promise to do our very best! #RIP #StanLee #Excelsior ! . . . . . . . #lolgh #dorkheads #comic #comics  #comicstrip #webcomic #comicbooks #animation #animations #animation2d #webtoon #africancomics #africancomedy #african #africa #ghanaian #ghana #gh #funny #funnyvideos #funnytoons #toons #marvel #marvelstudios #spiderman #disney #legend

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12. Ian Quhachi

13. Harry Dunkwu

14. Godwin Akpan


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