There’s an uncanny, magical atmosphere when you’re in the same room as a living legend. With everyone’s eyes transfixed on a singular being, and their attentions unwavering, the space feels like you’re lightyears away from the rest of the world.
In many ways, Stan Lee, 93, is the reason we attend panels and autograph signings at comic conventions in the first place, and he’s retiring from touring for good. New York Comic Con announced recently that this year’s event would be Lee’s last New York stop and fans have seen him slowly reduce his number of attendances as the years have gone by, particularly for events out of the U.S. As one of the men behind so many of Marvel’s major characters, Lee has earned the respect and appreciation of comic enthusiasts across the globe.
Stan Lee has worked in the comic book industry since the 1930’s, starting from the bottom as an assistant, and working his way up to the legendary creator we know today. When a comic convention is able to book Lee as a guest, long lines of star-struck fans are expected, and encouraged.
For years, my hometown of Houston lacked a proper convention scene, but when Stan Lee showed up to sign autographs and snap photos with us, there was a thrilling uproar. Though I wasn’t able to meet him myself, I did catch a glimpse of the master from across the room, and I was delighted to see him interact with and enjoy time with his fans. The truest of believers.
If you see that the convention nearest you is lucky enough to host Stan Lee this year, I recommend jumping on that opportunity and experiencing the excitement that comes with meeting a hero for the ages.
Do you have any fond memories of meeting Stan Lee at a convention? Tell us about it in the comments below. Excelsior!
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