Bill Maher Targets Stan Lee's Legacy in Controversial New Blog Post

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In a post titled "Adulting" on the Real Time With Bill Maher host's blog, Maher linked comic books to the dumbing down of America - and Donald Trump's presidential victory - saying in our country, "We're using our smarts on stupid stuff" like picture books about superheroes.

Stan Lee began his career as a comic-book writer, editor, film executive producer, actor, and publisher, in 1935, and has created or co-created some of the most famous comic book characters - and later on-screen heroes - that are still loved by millions today. The post "Adulting" comes less than a week after Stan Lee died at age 95.

Bill Maher is NOT feeling Stan Lee's legacy after the comic book legend's passing!

He co-created the Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, and numerous other heroes in the Marvel comic and cinematic universes.

Now, I have nothing against comic books - I read them now and then when I was a kid and I was all out of Hardy Boys.

Maher's essay, which was published on his blog Saturday, questioned the appeal of comic books in adult culture. Maher went on to opine that somewhere along the way adults stopped willfully giving up their childhoods, and instead tricked themselves into believing comic books were sophisticated literature.

Perhaps Maher, at 15 in 1971, missed Lee's industry-bucking of the Comics Code Authority when he wrote a three-part cautionary tale for the Amazing Spider-Man title on the dangers of drug use.

Or the creation of the first African-American superhero (The Black Panther) in the 1960s as the nation grappled with the Civil Rights struggle.

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You can disagree with Miami Herald syndicated columnist and author Leonard Pitts you see fit. "He gave us a monster (the Thing) who wanted to be a man".

Maher has yet to comment on his controversial post and the backlash it has received.

Maher concludes by admitting that he doesn't think people have "necessarily gotten stupider".

Social media users weren't quite so, well, polite.

"I never speak on topics I know little or nothing about. Why?" "I want to apologize from the bottom of my heart and will be working on my Twitter impulse control". "In other words, I don't wanna make a Bill Maher out of myself", comic book artist Greg Capullo tweeted to his 148,000 followers.

What do y'all think, Perezcious readers?!

Some just used well-aimed memes like a Simpsons character under the headline, "Old man yells at cloud".

Maher hasn't responded yet.


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