New Zealand paper mixes up Stan Lee with Spike Lee in obituary headline

A New Zealand newspaper made an unfortunate slip-up on its front page when they tried to honor Marvel comic book mastermind Stan Lee.

The Gisborne Herald’s website posted a picture of Tuesday's newspaper showing a picture of Stan Lee with text reading: “Spike Lee dies at 95.”

A New Zealand newspaper mixed up Stan Lee and Spike Lee.

A New Zealand newspaper mixed up Stan Lee and Spike Lee. (AP)

The “Blackkklansman” director appeared to be OK and was recently spotted at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s 2018 Patron of the Artists Awards. Stan Lee, the man behind countless beloved characters, including Spider-Man, died Monday at the age of 95. He was declared dead Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.


Social media users immediately noticed the flub.

“RIP … checks notes … SPIKE LEE,” a social media user tweeted.

“Don’t fire copyeditors,” another person tweeted with a picture of the front page.

“I’m sure Mr. Stan Lee would have gotten a kick out of that lol,” a social media user wrote.

The Gisborne Herald did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Fox News' Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.