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13th Nov 2018

Newspaper gets Stan Lee’s name wrong in front page tribute

The Gisborne Herald has confused Stan and Spike Lee

Oli Dugmore

The Gisborne Herald has confused Stan and Spike Lee

New Zealand newspaper the Gisborne Herald printed a tribute to ‘Spike Lee’ on their front page today, alongside a picture of the late Stan Lee.

Stan Lee died aged 95. The creator of some of the world’s most-beloved comic book characters passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles.

Tributes have come thick and fast for the Marvel writer, who died on Monday, including from the Rock and Robert Downey Jnr.

The Gisborne Herald tried to report the news but instead mislabeled the cultural behemoth ‘Spike Lee.‘ The director Spike is a legend in his own right but BlacKkKlansman is pretty far removed from Captain America.

Stan Lee began his career in the comic book business in 1939, before revolutionising the industry by creating The Fantastic Four with Jack Kirby in 1961. He is credited or co-credited with creating such famous superheroes as Spider-Man, Black Panther, The Incredible Hulk and Daredevil.

He stepped away from comic book writing in 1972 to focus on publishing.

The comic book legend, whose wife of 69 years passed away in 2017, is survived by his daughter JC, who told TMZ: “My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man.”