“Real Time” host Bill Maher is taking the heat for heckling adult comic book lovers, questioning the legitimacy of comic books as a medium, and disrespected the passing of Stan Lee, the legendary comic book writer and editor who helped redefine the medium.
“America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess,” Maher wrote about Lee’s passing in a blog post on his website Saturday. “Someone on Reddit posted, ‘I’m so incredibly grateful I lived in a world that included Stan Lee.’ Personally, I’m grateful I lived in a world that included oxygen and trees, but to each his own.”
Although the comedian said he has nothing “against comic books,” he added that when he was growing up “comics were for kids, and when you grew up you moved on to big-boy books without the pictures.”
“But then twenty years or so ago, something happened – adults decided they didn’t have to give up kid stuff,” he said. “And so they pretended comic books were actually sophisticated literature.”
Maher concluded: “I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important.”
Ex-CIA officer and current “Batman” comic book writer Tom King responded with a clever tweet.
‘Nuff said. pic.twitter.com/FXXpvuzCyL
— Tom King (@TomKingTK) November 17, 2018
“Deadpool” creator Robert Liefeld chimed in, “Yes, it’s great that we now carry our childhood affections and artifacts into adulthood with apology.”
My only comment about Bill Mahr’s comment is focused on the fact that, yes, it’s great that we now carry our childhood affections and artifacts into adulthood without apology. Confirmed!! Victory!!
— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) November 17, 2018
Comic book artist Greg Capullo tweeted, “I never speak on topics I know little or nothing about. Why? I never want to be the fool. In other words, I don’t wanna make a Bill Maher out of myself.”
I never speak on topics I know little or nothing about. Why? I never want to be the fool. In other words, I don’t wanna make a Bill Maher out of myself. ????????✏️????????
— Greg Capullo (@GregCapullo) November 17, 2018
“Bill Maher’s trashy, pointless, and bitter sounding ‘blog post’ is no shock,” wrote a Twitter user. “He makes a living off criticizing and trashing other people’s work.”
Bill Maher’s trashy, pointless, and bitter sounding “blog post” is no shock. He makes a living off criticizing and trashing other people‘s work. He’s a “comic” that people laugh at and agree with and then fancy themselves smart & progressive. #RIPStanLee pic.twitter.com/VeEylaEj0w
— Daradol (@Daradol1) November 17, 2018
“I don’t know and don’t particularly care who Bill Maher is. I just know that anyone who pisses on people for mourning a man who helped make them happy is a titanic waste of space,” added another Twitter user.
DC Comics writer Tom Taylor also weighed in:
Bill Maher dismissed an entire storytelling medium?
Wow. He's so highbrow.
His brow is so high, there's probably less room for a mind.
— Tom Taylor (@TomTaylorMade) November 17, 2018
Stan Lee passed away on Monday at the age of 95.