Stan Lee, an American Original

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Lee when he spoke in Springfield some years back; great guy, signed my drawing of him. His talk was terrific and he could not have been nicer to the endless line waiting to meet him. Including me! He earned his respect; his 1960s writing is still amazing after all these years…

He looked at my drawing, done live as I waited in line, and said, “Hey, that’s pretty good!”

From a guy who dealt with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko that was high praise indeed. He will be missed. I also wrote him more recently, expressing my thanks for his example in my formative years. That is included here as well.

Stan Lee, live sketch

My Hero, Stan Lee, signed by him; drawing by Dennis Porter