Just a few days before passing away, Marvel legend Stan Lee talked shop with Roy Thomas. Now, Thomas has shared a picture of Lee’s visit. The picture was originally shared on Bleeding Cool, which shows Lee and Thomas with an anecdote of their conversation.

Thomas says that Lee sounded like “he was more than ready to leave this Earth.”

“I’m sadder than I can say that Stan has died,” Thomas told Bleeding Cool. “Even though I know, from my recent phone conversations with him, that he was more than ready to leave this Earth. I’m so grateful that, by sheer circumstance, I got to spend a half hour or so with him this past Saturday, less than 48 hours before he passed away.”

Thomas added that Lee still had a passion to film as many cameos as he could.

“At that time, it was obvious that he lacked much of the old Stan Lee energy that everybody had got to know at conventions and in movie cameos,” Thomas reflected. “But when I asked him about future cameos, he expressed a real interest in making them, if he could find a way to do it without there being too much trouble.”

While Lee was the publisher of Marvel in 1972, Thomas was the Editor-in-chief of the House of Ideas. He even spoke about Lee’s creation of Spidey and how it is one of the most important creative decisions ever.

“I opined as how maybe the one important creative decision Goodman ever made was when he commissioned Stan to create a super-hero group back in 1961,” Thomas said. “Stan seemed to get a kick out of that.”

“Still, I consider myself so very lucky to have known and work with him for so many years…one of the most important mythmakers of the 20th century.”

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