I knew it probably wasn't going to be long but that hurts.
The man was responsible for so much of my childhood stories.
I was lucky.
There was a young man who lived next door to my grandparents in Port Townsend who had a huge comic book collection so even though we couldn't afford them I got to read all the Original runs of the Fantastic Four, The X-Men, Spiderman, and The Avengers. Even some weird group called the Guardians of the Galaxy (which looks nothing like it does now).
He put himself through college by selling that collection, not a dime of student loans.
Stan Lee is the reason I have most of the 70's run of Marvel comics (including Howard the Duck) in my spare room ( so need to put them in long boxes).