Superhero Creator Stan Lee Honored in Hollywood
Comic book giant Stan Lee, who dreamed up such pop culture icons as Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, the Black Panther and countless others, has been honored in Hollywood by hundreds of fans and celebrities.
Among comics lovers, Stan Lee was as much a superhero as the characters he helped create.
Those fans, along with Lee’s friends and colleagues, got to pay their final respects at a Los Angeles memorial Wednesday night for the Marvel Comics mastermind who helped bring the world Spider-Man, Black Panther and The Incredible Hulk.
Lee, who died in November at age 95, saw his ink-on-paper, pulp comic characters grow into movie money-makers. He famously made cameo appearances in just about all of them.
American film director Kevin Smith, best known for the movies “Chasing Amy” and “Clerks” and the television program “Comic Book Men”, hosted the tribute at the TCL Chinese Theater.
The evening included speakers, musical performances, an art exhibit, and costumes and props from Lee’s creations and Marvel-movie cameos.
Lee’s only child, daughter J.C. Lee, received a key to the city of Los Angeles in her father’s honor from Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Presenting a key to the City to the one and only Stan Lee, a man who created some of the most iconic movies, TV and comic books of all time, right here in L.A.
Stan, thank you for your vision.
Thank you for helping us all keep our gaze ever upward.
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) January 31, 2019
A U.S. Army trumpeter and bagpipers played songs of mourning for Lee, a World War II veteran, surrounded by Lee fans in their own impeccable uniforms — dressed as X-Men and Avengers.
He was the face of Marvel until the end of his life and was most widely recognized for his constant cameos in dozens of Marvel movies spanning his last decades.
His co-creations with comic artists also included The Fantastic Four, Thor, Iron Man and most of the other heroes in the Marvel comic and cinematic universes.