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The HBO host was blasted by fans of the late Marvel icon, and Lee’s company Pow! Entertainment, after he wrote a cynical blog post for his Real Time show over the weekend in which he calls into question Lee’s legacy and fandom in general.
“The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess,” Maher wrote on the Real Time website. “Now, I have nothing against comic books — I read them now and then when I was a kid and I was all out of Hardy Boys. But the assumption everyone had back then, both the adults and the kids, was that comics were for kids, and when you grew up you moved on to big-boy books without the pictures.”
Lee died Nov. 12 at the age of 95. He was mourned the world over.
Lee’s company, Pow!, called Maher’s comments “disgusting.”
Maher told King in an interview posted Wednesday that he didn’t know people were mad because he “doesn’t follow every stupid thing people lose their shit about” on social media.
“But talk about making my point for me: Yeah, I don’t know very much about Stan Lee and it certainly wasn’t a swipe at Stan Lee,” Maher said, with King interjecting, “You would have liked him. He was a really nice guy.”
Maher continued, “Yeah, fine. I am agnostic on Stan Lee. I don’t read comic books. I didn’t even read them when I was a child. What I was saying is, a culture that thinks that comic books and comic book movies are profound meditations on the human condition is a dumb fucking culture. And for people to get mad at that just proves my point.”
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