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Rembering Stan Lee: Movies and Comics' Complicated History and Culture

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

CarrieLynn Reinghard, associate professor of communication, was included on a special segment focusing on Stan Lee's legacy on WBEZ's Worldview program on November 13. Stan Lee, comic book writer and publisher of Marvel Comics, ​passed away on November 12 at the age of 95. He was responsible for the creation of such iconic characters as Spider Man, Black Panther and the X-Men.

CarrieLynn, the author of "Fandoms: Contentious Communication in Fan Communities," discussed the way in which Lee embraced and empowered his fans and his impact on Hollywood.

"Right now, in modern Hollywood, if you don't have the fans behind you, you are not going to have the level of success that is necessary to help these kinds of films capitalize and profit. And the way he created this kind of relationship with fans goes all the way back to his comic books, and the way that he responded to fans back then helped them feel like they weren't weird," CarrieLynn said during the radio broadcast. 

"Througout his career he was constantly embracing that love of the comic, that love of that thing that is the outsider. People didn't just love the comics, they loved him for it and this entire love fest that became fandom is so important to Hollywood these days and I think a lot of that comes from Stan Lee."

You can hear the entire segment here.