Both my wife and I got into comic books late. Local comic shops didn’t exist where I grew up. However, for as long as I can remember I knew who Stan Lee was. His creations, well co-creations, are part of the consciousnesses of our country. Spider-man, the Fantastic Four, and a large number of Marvel characters came from him and his cohorts at Marvel.
If you notice, I keep using the term co-creators. Lee’s myth has grown over the years and people (and sometimes Mr. Lee himself) forget that he created a lot of these characters with other people. By doing so we are not taking away from his legacy. He was at the epicenter of the Marvel universe.
He was the Creator Supreme.
We were fortunate to meet him quite a few times. He was always joyful to be around, even if you could see the decline from year to year. He was at the comic con we attended in London in 2014 and he had to be housed in his own building just to accommodate all the people. The best interaction we had with him was at Comicpalooza in Houston. We didn’t plan on meeting him but it was the end of the day and the line was short. We were elated that he was still taking people. Even though it was the end of the day he was energetic and made small talk with us. We also got a picture with him and the Nola Nerd Baby…sorta. He attended last year’s Wizard World New Orleans, and a very pregnant Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple and I took a picture with him.
I really can’t wait to do bedtime reading of comics with our little one. There are so many comics stories I haven’t read and so it will be great to share them with her. And we will have Mr. Lee and his co-creators to thank for a large number of them.