Stan Lee cancels Ohio appearances

Comic book legend Stan Lee has cancelled two upcoming Ohio appearances, one at the Ohio Comic Con, and the other at an event at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.

Library spokesman Susan Gibney said Mr. Lee’s agent did not give a specific reason for the cancellation, other than to say it was for “a very serious circumstance.”

As of right now, the Ohio Comic Con’s website still lists Lee as appearing, but is reporting that Wizard World has sent out a troubling release:

Even more concerning is that the message sent out by the Wizard World promoters of the event indicate that they “were informed by Stan Lee’s management that Stan would be unable to attend any upcoming appearances for the near future.”

Stan Lee is a transcendent figure. Along with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he basically created the modern comic book industry, and over the course of his improbable career, he has become one of the most influential pop culture figures of the 20th century. We hope that whatever this “serious circumstance” is, it’s resolved quickly and Lee is able to resume his incredibly busy schedule.