Star Trek’s William Shatner pays respect to his departed friend Stan Lee.
On Dec. 28, 2021, comic legend Stan Lee would’ve celebrated his 99th birthday. On that day, one of his friends, Star Trek’s William Shatner, reminded everybody that he and the comic book icon used to be quite close. He posted a celebratory birthday tweet, with a tongue-in-cheek nod to the controversy surrounding the recent Lee-NFT debacle that was launched by his estate.
While some fans got upset at Shatner for supposedly cashing in on Lee’s death, Shatner rightfully pointed out that while I posted an NFT of the late-comic icon, he never once posted a link to the NFT, told people how to buy it, or even suggested that he’d be profiting off of it.
To Shatner, it was all meant as a way to honor his friend.
Stan Lee and William Shatner bonded on the circuit.
The two men rose to prominence alongside one another in different mediums. Shatner became a household name in the 60s on television thanks to Star Trek, while Lee exploded in popularity at the same time for his work with Marvel Comics.
It appears as though the two became good friends during their touring days with fan conventions. It does appear as the two were somewhat close. Maybe not best friends, but clearly friends nonetheless.
It seems like an innocuous tweet to help commemorate his friend but, as it does with the internet, some people took it the wrong way and tried to start something in his comments. Not surprising but still disappointing.
All of this comes about a week after Shatner was involved in a car accident, where he and another car were involved in a collision in Los Angeles. Neither person seemed too banged up about, but to say this has been an eventful few weeks for the Star Trek icon would be an understatement.