I’ve been a comic book fan for over 21 years, yet I’ve have never been face to face with the famous Stan ‘The Man’ Lee. Certainly I’ve heard stories of fans meeting him, I’ve seen interviews and cameos and pictures, but I’ve never laid eyes on the man himself, which naturally leads me to wonder whether or not he actually exists.
Think about it. Stan Lee is universally regarded as a comic book legend and the existence of most legends, such as Odysseus, Big Foot, Atlantis, or Missingno, is debatable at best. Videos, interviews, etc., can all be easily forged with the aid of CGI. Is it a stretch to assume that if the same computers that created the fight scene between The Hulk and The Abomination in the middle of Harlem could drop Stan Lee anywhere they want in the middle of a Marvel movie?
And there are other hints. For instance, the No-Prize, an award that doesn’t exist, created by Stan Lee. Who better to award an imaginary prize than an imaginary person? And why would he refer to his fans as True Believers? Well, how can you be a fan of someone who isn’t real unless you Truly Believe? How indeed.
And certainly people have stories of meeting Stan Lee, but who’s to know if they met who they thought they met? Is anyone really who they say they are? And how would one know if they met “The Man” or just “A Man?”
With all that being said, I really hope I meet him at NYCC next year!
What? Don’t give me that look.
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1 hits stores this Wednesday, premiering the new bi-racial wall crawler Miles Morales. I can’t wait to see if Bendis crafts another down-to-earth realistic character like Peter Parker, or if he turns Miles into an over-the-top walking stereotype like so many other minority characters.
Team Shot Glasses had a great time at New York Comic Con this weekend! Walking Dead! Young Justice! Marvel vs. Capcom 3! Top Cow Pilot Season! Squirrel Girl! Incredible!
I should add that Mosaic was not bad, Stripperella was hilarious, and if you haven’t read or watched Heroman, Stan Lee’s latest project with Japanese anime studio Bones, do so immediately.
Unfortunately, we did not get to meet Stan Lee. Maybe next year…
Originally, we planned to have this comic printed to hand out at the convention, but we had a problem with the printing company. Maybe next year.