On Monday November 12 we all received sad news, we had lost a comic book titan, Stan Lee, one of the founding lights of Marvel comics died aged 95*. His work revolutionized the comic book turning them from tales of fancy, to stories with true narrative and consequence. Superheros with real world problems, issues and flaws, sounds simple, right? But it changed the landscape and helped build Marvel in to the powerhouse it is today. Now, a lot of creatives know Stan Lee a lot better than me, but I do have my very own special story involving ‘The Man’. Read all about it after the jump.
The Day I Shoved Stan Lee Out Of The Way
A few years ago I was at Baltimore Comic Con, I was in the Artist Alley under the Alt World Studios banner and was solo tabling. One of the perils of solo tabling is the pee break, with no one to really watch you table and a high amount of grab items, you really don’t dilly dally when you take a bathroom break.
I was on my way back from the bathroom and almost at my table, I could see someone there looking at my books, so I was really pushing through the crowds to get back. In front of me was this white haired old man, dressed in khakis navigating the crowd, and just happened to be in my way. I sort of half pushed, half slide past him with a grumpy excuse me and got to my table just in time to see the potential customer walk away.
It wasn’t until later, after looking at photos from the convention (see right) did I realize I had shoved Stan Lee out-of-the-way! I had touched greatness in the most impolite way possible.
So ends my Stan Lee story, thank you Sir for all the Marvel you have seen and for sharing it with us all. You will be dearly missed and I will do all that I can to carry your legacy forwards. Y’all be careful with the Earth now…