With the recent passing of Stan Lee, co-creator of Marvel’s X-Men, Avengers and Fantastic Four, we here at Skkaw.Blog would like to share a few words of gratitude, respect, and admiration for him. Below are some stories of how Stan Lee and his work influenced the Skkaw.Blog team: Skkaw, Gothy Panda and Justin Alle-Corliss.
Skkaw: I got an opportunity to see Stan Lee when I was covering Silicon Valley Comic Con in (SVCC) 2016 for UNGEEK.PH. I was through-the-roof excited! It was something else to be in the same room as the man who had so carefully crafted a portion of your childhood, and it was another thing to actually hear him speak firsthand. Grateful is the word I would use to describe how I felt during that talk, and although I didn’t know it yet, I was also extremely lucky. Here are a few short clips from the panel that pretty much sum up my experience.
In the next clip, Stan talks about how he had a hand in Captain America’s modern origin story. I believe this clip shows just how socially in-tune Stan was. More specifically, this clip shows how Stan conceived of Captain America and other super heroes as flawed, just like us. Ultimately, he wrote characters that were more relatable. He understood that we want to believe that we all have a little super hero in us and that they have a little of us in them.
Here Stan shares a light moment when a fan asks the question, “What would happen if you placed Thor’s Hammer, Mjolnir, in an elevator? Would it go up?”
My all-time favorite question from this event was when Stan was asked why he still went to conventions (seeing as he could have just retired). His answer is one that will melt any Marvel fan’s heart:
Gothy panda: Stan Lee was a family member to all his fans letting them know that their differences made them special. I felt so honored to have watched his face beam when he saw my Dark Phoenix costume. Here’s a photo of us below:
Justin Alle-Corliss: Growing up reading Spider-Man comics and watching superhero movies, Stan Lee was always an omnipotent and omnipresent force. I’ll never stop imagining Stan making wry comments in superhero movies. I imagine that he’s out there with the Watchers, looking down on Earth, interceding when we need it most through his characters and stories.
Stan, we thank you for all your work and influencing the world as we know it!
From all of us here at Skkaw.Blog: Excelsior!