Stan Lee’s message to fans and friends: ‘I’m back!’ (video)

In a video posted Thursday on Twitter, Stan Lee had a message for fans — his “close, close friends,” as he put it: “I’m back.”

And, the Marvel Comics icon told them, “you’re my friends, I’m your friend, and we’re not gonna let anything come between that arrangement.”

“It’s taken me a while to get used to being 79 years old,” joked Lee, who turned 95 in December. “We’ve been together so many generations, and I don’t want that to stop.”

Lee also promised that this latest video is only the first in a new series. “I’m warning you, I’m back again with new energy, and new care, and new protestations of the fact that I love my fans.”

See the clip below:

Lee concluded the video with his trademark “excelsior” catch phrase. Back at you Stan. Back at you.

It’s been rough several months for Lee, who lost his wife, Joan, last year and was briefly hospitalized in February. His illness was followed by a string of legal difficulties, including a fraud lawsuit against his former manager.

Lee also accused other unnamed people of falsely running social media accounts his name, but recently took control of his Twitter account, posting several videos addressing everything from those legal issues to that Thanos finger-snap in “Infinity War.

See photos of Stan Lee and his late wife, Joan: