Marvel Comics' maverick mastermind Stan Lee – the creator of the Spider Man, Daredevil, Avengers and X-Men franchises – recently had surgery to install a heart pacemaker at the age of 89.
The legendary American comic book writer released a statement addressing his 'army' of fans: "Attention, Troops! This is a dispatch sent from your beloved Generalissimo, directly from the center of Hollywood’s combat zone!" Lee wrote.
The prolific writer, who turns 90 this December, dismissed rumors surrounding his health that emerged after he canceled several recent public appearances.
"Now hear this! Your leader hath not deserted thee! In an effort to be more like my fellow Avenger, Tony Stark, I have had an electronic pace-maker placed near my heart to insure that I’ll be able to lead thee for another 90 years," the statement read.
"But fear thee not, my valiant warriors. I am in constant touch with our commanders in the field and victory shall soon be ours. Now I must end this dispatch and join my troops, for an army without a leader is like a day without a cameo!" he said.
“[I’m] busy working on my next superhero now: The Phantom Pacemaker!” Lee told the Washington Post's blog Comic Riffs.