Today’s Hollywood Reporter article by Gary Baum, which details Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee‘s current situation regarding those around him, collates a lot of information we have been hearing about in one article. But while it talks about the actions of many parties, some of which sound utterly reprehensible, it doesn’t throw much light on people’s motivations.
I spoke to Stan Lee’s daughter JC Lee over the weekend of the Silicon Valley Comic Con, as her mood switched from a positive one to a negative one. She left town on Sunday morning on the advice of her lawyer, as concerns grew over Stan Lee’s condition and appearance during the lengthy signing sessions he undertook.
It has been explained to me that the fractious relationship between JC, Stan, and the late Joan Lee was a result of how they grew up together — a private family without public curiosity, even as Stan Lee became better known for his work. Raucous verbal fights were apparently a part of how they were, screaming at each other as they disagreed over one matter of another, but never stopping loving each other as a family. I’ve been told that it was how they were, how they communicated. But obviously, not everyone sees it that way. And certainly, the allegations of physical confrontation are far more worrying.
When I spoke to JC Lee, as well as expressing her love for her father and her upset at how he was being treated at the Silicon Valley Comic Con, she told me of her own plans. And maybe it is these that are behind wanting to change her future prospects, if that’s true. She wants to invest in a new business; nothing too big, but something to continue the legacy of her father.
She has been planning Stan’s Super Subs, a potential retail venture selling Stan Lee-themed sandwiches, in a handful of restaurants in San Diego, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. Stan Lee’s memorabilia would line the walls, just as the Hard Rock Cafe and Planet Hollywood have.
And if it seems a peculiar association, it is worth remembering that one of Stan Lee’s earliest jobs was delivering sandwiches for the Jack May Pharmacy in Manhattan. And it is something he has carried over, sort of. He told Vanity Fair in 2011, “When I want my wife to make me a sandwich, I’ll say, ‘By the shades of the shadowy Serapeum, will you please make me a sandwich?!’ Doesn’t everybody?”
It is possible that it is this plan that may have brought her into conflict with Stan’s former manager Max Anderson, who runs Stan Lee Collectibles and the Stan Lee Museum. Stan Lee’s current representative, Keya Morgan, claims that Anderson has stolen up to 8000 items from Lee, though Max assured me he has paperwork for every item.
Whether you would order the Fantastic Coleslaw, the X-Benedict, or the Iron Flan, I don’t know. But it does seem to be his daughter’s wish.