Bill Maher made a fool out of himself once again. The HBO late-night host wrote a response to the death of Stan Lee in which he criticized those mourning the comic book giant, trashed modern comic book culture, and their fans.

Maher wrote an op-ed piece in the wake of Stan Lee’s death that throws shade at the comic book creator and his fans. “The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning,” he wrote. “Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess. 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.”


Maher said he has nothing against comic books, but then he dissed them, saying he read them as a boy when he couldn’t find a real book. He said he was raised to think that comics were for children, “and when you grew up you moved on to big-boy books without the pictures.” However, he went on to say, 20 years ago, “something happened — adults decided they didn’t have to give up kid stuff. And so they pretended comic books were actually sophisticated literature.”

A few artist and writers came to Lee’s defense, but none stood out better than the current Batman comic writer Tom King.

If Maher meant for the blog post to be a joke, it was done in poor taste.