Joan Lee, wife of Marvel legend Stan Lee, dies at 93

Rest in peace, Joan Lee.

The wife of Marvel comics legend Stan Lee died on Thursday, a spokesperson for the family confirmed to ET. Joan was 93.

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"Joan Lee passed away this morning quietly and surrounded by her family," the spokesperson said in a statement. "The family ask that you please give them time to grieve and respect their privacy during this difficult time."

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Comic book creator Stan Lee kisses his wife Joan after she walked across his newly unveiled star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California, January 4, 2011. It was the 2,428th star on the Walk of Fame. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Stan Lee, wife Joan and Peter Paul with wife during Cast of 'Friends' Receives Friends Helping Friends Award at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Comic book creator Stan Lee (L) smiles as his wife Joan walks across his newly unveiled star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California, January 4, 2011. It was the 2,428th star on the Walk of Fame. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Stan Lee, former president and chairman of Marvel Comics, and wife Joan gesture as they arrive at the 23rd annual Producers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills, California, January 21, 2012. Lee received the Guild's Vanguard Award at the event. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 18: Stan Lee and wife Joan arrive at The Hollywood Awards Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel October 18, 2004 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 21: Comic book artist Stan Lee (R) and Joan B. Lee attend the 23rd annual Producers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 21, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images For PGA)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 04: Comic book legend Stan Lee and wife Joan Lee attend a ceremony honoring Stan Lee with the 2,428th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 4, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 21: Stan Lee and wife Joan Lee attend the 23rd annual Producers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 21, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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Joan, a former British hat model, tied the knot with Stan in 1947. They had two children, J.C. (Joan Celia), born in 1950, and Jan, who died three days after her birth in 1953.

Joan was with her husband throughout every era of Marvel Comics, with Stan crediting her for inspiring much of his success.

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"Before you quit, why don't you write one comic you are proud of?" Stan recalled his wife's words to The Hollywood Reporter last year, remembering a time when he contemplated leaving the business. After that motivation, he said, he created the Fantastic Four.

Decades later, Marvel expanded into film and television, with Joan voicing several characters in '90s animated Marvel shows. She played Miss Forbes in Fantastic Four and Madame Web in Spider-Man. She also made a cameo in 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse.

Joan was also an author herself, writing the 1987 novel, The Pleasure Palace.

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