I saw Stan Lee just once.
It was at the New York Comic Con a few years ago and a boy, probably 9 or so, stood up in front of a large audience. He asked him how he came up with Spider-man. Stan responded with the same enthusiasm you might expect if it were the first time he'd been asked the question. He was the same guy you'd seen on TV and online. Upbeat, friendly and sincerely appreciative. This sincerity came through in the extraordinary but all-too-human characters he created; characters who demonstrated what it means to be a hero, to face obstacles and to overcome, characters whose impact we still feel today.
Stan Lee was nothing short of an American Legend and his creative contributions will live on for generations to come - and I'm grateful for that.
Godspeed Stan. Excelsior!
Douglas E. Draper Jr. is an award-winning artist working out of Philadelphia. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and his work has been exhibited throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Annapolis, Baltimore and various other cities and galleries. His fine art and illustrative work can be seen from such publishers as Moonstone Books, Top Shelf, Desperado, IDW, and many others.
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