As many of my friends and loved ones can inform you, there are very few people I find worth waking up for. That said, Stan Lee, is most certainly one of them.
When I heard that I was going to have the privilege and honor of playing Peter Parker to Stan Lee, one of the founding fathers of geekdom as we know it, I could barely contain my excitement. Crashing at my typical 5AM PST, I awoke just mere hours later and happy as a geek on Con-Day. Dressed in my spiffy-best I arrived early on the scene, ready to bravely face the dawn and watch Stan Freakin’ Lee make history at 7072 Hollywood Boulevard.
Lee arrived early, taking easily to cameras and cheers of our fellow geeky peers with a clear and joyful delight.
“He’s always so alive.” I told my Cousin Matt merrily and the surrounding geeks before us consented their agreement.
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President /CEO Leron Gubler took the podium first, and Lee was so eager to join us all that he actually made to join him only to be delightedly re-directed by Gubler so that he could properly introduce him first. Gubler then set about listing the entirety of Stan Lee’s massive accomplishments and comic titles for all to cheer about victoriously. If you’re curious, you can catch a list of Stan Lee’s accumulated greatness here.
After this glowing introduction, Stan Lee took the stage to say thanks and Gubler then introduced the next speaker, Gill Champion. Gill Champion, who is also the President and COO at POW! Entertainment, gave a heartfelt speech on all things Stan Lee. Champion even went as far as to declare him his friend, brother, and partner, in a massively heart-warming display of friendly devotion.
After Champion won over our hearts, he and Lee brought Todd McFarlane up to the podium to join them. Gil Champion harolded Todd McFarlane in with not only a mention of his stellar comic and toy works, but also with singing praise for McFarlane’s work in the music scene as well.
McFarlane began by diving right in and explaining to us the danger the comic book industry had been in back when it itself had been deemed dangerous. Dangerous, and far too influential over the children of America. It was in this cloud of darkness that like the true superhero he is, Stan Lee stepped up to the plate, giving America something we all could believe in and showing the world that comics were in fact good for the youth of our fine nation. Todd McFarlane went on to expound more on the greatness that is Stan Lee before summing it up best by concluding that after all the stars Stan Lee had given us, it was our pleasure to give one back to him. (Which resulted in Lee cracking a joke about why he hated being friends with people who spoke better than him.)
Afterward Leron Gubler once again took the stage, this time to present Stan Lee with his much deserved Declaration.
Stan Lee’s own speech was brilliantly delightful. Lee began by talking about how he remembered Alfred Hitchcock dangling him on his knee and saying that he should steer clear of acting. Lee explained that Hitchcock has said there was just too much competition, instead Hitchcock recommended another path, cameos. This is clearly a path that Stan Lee has had much sucess with.
Lee then took the time to cover all that mattered most, his friends, his family, his work, his fans, and his wife. Especially his wife, that fine woman of priceless years, Joan Lee.
Then, the time for words fell away and it was time to unveil Stan Lee’s star. As the crowd roared and the shutters sang their clicking melody all around, who better to share this honor with him than that faithful woman…
… and his equally faithful friends?
Happy “Stan Lee Day” everyone, may it be just as warm as mine. EXCELSIOR!! – N