Earlier today, TMZ was first to report that Marvel Comics co-founder and Spider-Man creator Stan Lee had passed away at 95. According to his daughter, the legendary comic book author was rushed to Cedars-Sinai from his home in the Hollywood Hills early this morning and passed away at the hospital. He’d recently been in poor health.
In 2009, Lee catalogued his favorite L.A. places for our then-recurring feature “My L.A. to Z,” among them Dan Tana’s, the Beverly Hills Hotel, and Golden Apple Comics on Melrose, which celebrates 40 years in business next year. “When we do go to a bookstore, I go to the Golden Apple bookstore,” Lee said. “I’ve known those people for a long time and they have a lot of functions with guest artists and programs with comic book publishers. It’s a great comic book store.”
Lee was a longtime friend of Bill Liebowitz, who opened Golden Apple Comics in 1979. Liebowitz once told the L.A. Times, “I wanted to do not just a narrow-focus store but a pop-culture store. It was an unexplored medium.” Liebowitz’s son Ryan took over operations at the store shortly before his father’s 2004 passing.
Ryan’s wife, Kendra Liebowitz, was at the store this morning when news of Lee’s death broke. “He will be terribly, terribly missed,” Kendra says. She had already placed a black armband on the Spider-Man statue that stands outside the shop—which was signed by Lee at the store’s grand reopening when it relocated to a new storefront, due east on Melrose from its original location—and had purchased flowers to place around the statue to create a place for fans to mourn. “Hopefully people will bring their own memorials,” she says.
“He kind of made this business,” a Golden Apple employee named Joe added. “None of these shops would be around without Stan’s contribution to the comic book world.”
Photogs and flowers 💐 already started showing up on Spidey, which greets all customers and was autographed by Stan Lee on the day we opened pic.twitter.com/ERQqAdyJib
— Golden Apple Comics (@GAppleComics) November 12, 2018
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