The wife of Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee dead at 93

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 21: Comic book artist Stan Lee (R) and Joan B. Lee attend the 23rd annual Producers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 21, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images For PGA)

LOS ANGELES — The wife of Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee has died at age 93.

Lee and his family released a statement saying Joan Lee died peacefully Thursday morning. The couple had been married 69 years.

Lee’s longtime publicist Dawn Miller confirmed the statement’s authenticity when contacted by The Associated Press.

No additional details were provided, and the family statement requested privacy.

Stan Lee co-created numerous Marvel Comics superheroes including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men.

The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported Joan Lee’s death, recounted the couple’s first meeting in a story last year. It said Lee met his future wife while trying to meet another woman for a date in New York.

The 94-year-old Lee has credited his wife with supporting him early in his career.