Tribute to Stan Lee: An Inspiration for The Every Man or Woman and Writer—and a Giveaway!

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Now, Lauren has added one more hit series to her list with the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries. Set in the quaint West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry, Ice introduces Chris Matheson, a retired FBI agent, who joins forces with other law enforcement retirees to heat up those cold cases that keep them up at night.

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“Lauren Carr does a good job of moving the quirky storyline
along nicely with an abundance of witty dialogue.  And you
have no idea who the good guys are and who the bad guys
are until the end.” – Every Free Chance Book Reviews

Yesterday, I got the type of news that makes you stop whatever you are doing and take note of that moment.

Instantly, I knew that years from now, when someone mentions the event, I will recall instantly what I was doing (updating my website AGAIN!) when the news flash came across my computer screen announcing—

Stan Lee passed away.

No, I am not a comic book fan. I was never one of those kids who waited breathlessly for the next issue of SpiderMan or Avengers. As a matter of fact, I much preferred Scooby Doo to Spiderman on Saturday morning.

I discovered Stan Lee much later—as an adult and writer struggling to get my first book published. It was when Spider-Man with Tobey Maquire was released. My son was four years old and I thought it would make for a fun family outing.

I was more fascinated with the movie—and the subsequent action hero movies released by Stan Lee—than my son.

Until Stan Lee came on the scene, superheroes started out as super. Superman was born super. Batman was born rich—his super power. Yes, he suffered adversity, but he was still above average. And Wonder Woman? She was an Amazon. Like any woman could hope to compete with that.

These superheroes’ extraordinary circumstances placed them above the rest of us. They were super powerful, extraordinarily rich, and morally superior to us as well as their arch enemies. Unlike the rest of us, you could trust them to always do the right thing. At least that was the way I saw it with my limited exposure to them.

The rest of us, those of us who had been born into ordinary circumstances or suffered setbacks, those of us who didn’t have big bucks and superhuman strength, could never hope to be extra-ordinary.

Stan Lee changed all that.

Peter Parker was a bullied science geek who became the friendly neighborhood Spiderman. Just like any of us would have done in that situation, he gave in to pride, which resulted in gentle Uncle Ben’s death. Instead of throwing in the towel, he learned his lesson (With great power comes great responsibility!) and set out to make things right.

Sitting there in the movie theatre, the writer in me saw myself in Peter’s role. An ordinary writer, fighting against the big bullying publishing machine, trying to get noticed by the lovely readers (My version of MJ.), and making serious mistakes along the way.

In spite of their mistakes or setbacks, Stan Lee’s heroes keep on trying. That is what makes them super heroes.

Like Steve Rogers. A scrawny young man who wanted more than anything to defend his country during World War II. He was told time and time again that he couldn’t do it. But he refused to take no for an answer. He refused to go home and settle for anything less.

It was his refusal to back down, his refusal to give up that made him Captain America.

Stan Lee’s creations did more than entertain millions upon millions of comic books, television, movie, and even video fans. They inspired us to never give up on our dreams. To keep on trying. To learn from our mistakes and keep on fighting for what we believe in.

That night, this writer walked out of that movie theater with a new resolve to keep on pushing. My first book was published two years after being introduced to Stan Lee’s Spider-Man.

Stan Lee’s stories and characters did more than entertain. They inspired the ordinary person to search inside ourselves for the super hero that’s in each of us and proudly show off our superpowers to the world.

For that, we salute you, Stan Lee.


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