Philly man who worked at Marvel remembers Stan Lee as trailblazer

Kim Glovas
November 12, 2018 - 5:13 pm
Stan Lee speaks onstage at ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Presents Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson at Stan Lee's Los Angeles Comic-Con at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 28, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Stan Lee touched many lives, including that of a Philadelphia man who once worked at Marvel Comics. 

Ruben Diaz now works for Chikara, a professional wrestling company in Philadelphia, but he started as an intern at Marvel in the 1990's, then returned to work there years later on projects like Black Panther. He said that office was filled with people who were shepherds of Stan Lee's dream, creating archetypes that others could relate to. 

And Lee made it work.

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"Comic books was literally Stan's life. And then he toiled for a while with the movie theater, and he did what he was meant to do," Diaz said. "He lived a fulfilled, complete and most importantly, authentic life."  

He says Lee's attitude about comics permeated the office.  

"Look at a character, identify with it and then empathize with what the character has to deal with subsequently," he explained.  

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Everyone that worked for Marvel, Diaz says, carried Lee's vision into their new endeavors. 

"We're almost like a tribute, the Stan Lee Tribute Band, where we're all kind of doing covers or variations of some of the early songs he did, he's kind of like the Beatles of comics," he said. 

Diaz says Lee probably never realized how many people he inspired, and that it's proper to mourn the man behind Marvel Comics, but "We should certainly praise him for living a life that we'd all love to live. I mean he lived the dream. He made it possible for other people to see that their passions could be so fulfilled."