Today in Downtown Los Angeles Stan Lee, the creator of many of the Marvel characters we know and love, made an appearance in front of the Los Angeles City Council to receive a great honor. The Los Angeles City Council officially declared that October 28 is now Stan Lee Day. Although I’m sure many of us comic fans celebrate him every day, it is awesome to know that someone so influential to what used to be a marginally small community is being honored in this way.
Stan Lee Day also coincides with the opening day of what is well known as Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, which is getting its own name change as well. Comikaze, as of today, will be re-named to Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con.
Stan Lee is a legend in the comic world, having created many of the characters we’ve come to enjoy over the decades. He personally had a hand in helping create legendary superheroes like Spiderman, The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men, etc. He grew the original Marvel Comics from a small section in a publishing house to its own enterprise. Even though he is no longer the president or chairman of Marvel, he IS Marvel. Without his efforts and hard work, we do not know where Marvel or the comic industry would be without him.
Despite his age, he still continues to maintain his presence and connection to Marvel through his various cameos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Recently we discovered via CinemaBlend that he had shot four back to back cameo appearances for upcoming Marvel films:
“A couple of months ago in Atlanta, he flew down and we shot four in one day — for four various projects. They’re all awesome! They’re all totally different. And he was unbelievable. He was on fire. He came in, he sat here, he stood there, he stood in this window, and then he went home.”
I know I’m fangirling super hard over Stan Lee, but this man deserves it. All of his hard work has led him up to this point and he is and continues to be a role model for all of us comic geeks out there. So let us take a moment, sit back, and enjoy this moment in comic geek history.