After a hospital visit this month, Stan Lee had revealed through a video message that he is combatting pneumonia. This video was recorded by Lee and was released by TMZ:
“Hiya heroes, this is Stan Lee, I haven’t been in touch with you lately. Had a little bout of pneumonia I’ve been fighting, but it seems to be getting better. But I want you all to know I’m thinking of you.
Of course, I always think of the fans, and I hope you’re all doing well and I miss you all.
I miss your enthusiasm. I miss all the notes and the photos and the emails I used to get, and I still get a lot of them, and I want you to know that I still love you all and I think that Marvel and Spidey and I have the best group of fans that any group in the world ever had, and I sure appreciate it.”
Meanwhile the comics industry has expressed concern about his situation.
Neal Adams, asked BleedingCool
“Can somebody tell me what’s going on with Stan Lee?
Max Anderson has taken care of Stan Lee like a mother all through his senior years. Some people don’t like Max because Max protects Stan just like a mother, but that’s his job. Some people don’t like that Stan treats Max well financially and so Max has money. Well, dammit folks, Max is supposed to have money. That’s Stan Lee’s decision.
Somebody is keeping Max from Stan and I know Stan must be the worse for it and so I’m worried very much for Stan Lee. I wasn’t worried when Max took care of him. So what the hell is going on?”
BleedingCool wrote in their blog post
“And the concern I have received from comics industry folk who know Stan and the situation is that it is not just that Lee is being kept from Anderson, but that Lee is being kept from anyone. His next two planned comic convention appearances have been cancelled, officially due to pneumonia, but it is hard to see how, in the current situation, Stan Lee would be appearing anywhere in the foreseeable future without Anderson.”