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Wilder's Whole World

By: Dwayne Wilder
I met Stan Lee six years ago at a Dallas comic book convention; it was fun and memorable; and I will cherish every one of those five seconds for the rest of my life.
 
With Lee’s death this week at age 95, I was saddened, but buoyed by the fact that Stan led an incredible (invincible/amazing/fantastic) life--one that affected me and millions of other readers of Marvel Comics over the years. The word ‘legend’ is overused, but not in Stan’s case; in fact, ‘icon’ is more like it.
 
Stan Lee was the creator or co-creator of most of Marvel Comics superheroes including Spiderman, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Thor and the X-men. Lee left Marvel Comics in the 1980s, but was the ever diligent ambassador of the Marvel Universe until his death. Lee’s eight decade career may never be surpassed in the comic book industry. He started as a copy/errand boy at Timely Comics in 1938, the same year that Superman made his debut at rival DC Comics.
 
As Timely became Marvel Comics, it was then editor Lee who spearheaded the new wave of superhero comic books with the advent of the Fantastic Four in November 1961, 57 years ago. He worked with the artistic giants of the industry including Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and John Romita to create the more relatable, down to earth and flawed characters. These characters/stories and the ‘Marvel Method’ brought comic books to more mainstream America and led to the debut of a successful string of films, which began 10 years ago with the first Iron Man movie starring Robert Downey, Jr.
 
Back in 2012, I wanted to tell Stan ‘Thank You’ for all he did for the comics industry and its audience. The reading pleasure and imagination stretching I received from being a Marvel fan left a huge mark on my being. I simply wanted to tell him how much I appreciated it. So, I made all the necessary arrangements and soon found myself in ‘The Man’s’ presence.
 
I ‘fought’ my way through three layers (security checkpoints) to be within five fans of Stan Lee; and was one ‘suit’ away from talking to him. This ‘suit’ was right next to Stan and no one – Not Anyone – got to see Stan unless this guy approved it. I was hoping not to get my hopes dashed just feet from my childhood hero!
 
I told ‘suit’ I didn’t want a signature, just to talk to Stan and shake his hand. He looked at me like “Yeah, you and everyone else!” He quickly said, “Fist bump only! And hurry!” Stan was leaning against the table – looking all his 88 years – and was readying his left hand again for yet another signature when the ‘suit’ told him, “Fist bump!” Stan tried to put down his pen, but realized that he had to use his right hand. He looked up at me, smiled and gave me that soft fist bump. He was prompted to sign something else immediately, so I tried to say ‘Thanks for the memories!’ or something like that; I don’t think he heard me, but I hope he did. The entire episode smacked of corporate greed, but it was all I had in my effort to meet him.
 
Yet, in those quick seconds, I looked in his eyes and saw that recognition. Stan Lee knew I was a longtime fan; his smile gave away that constant joy he must have felt when he met someone affected by his work. We – him and I – shared those stories and that wonderful time in our lives, even if just for a few seconds.
 
I was blessed to have my opportunity to pay respects to the man who meant so much to me. Thank you, Mr. Lee, for giving us a chance to grow up in a world that included your Marvel-ous Universe. Excelsior, Dear Sir!
 
(And thanks for the fist bump; I’ll never forget!)


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