Stan Lee is arguably the most venerated name in the comic book world, and one of the most venerated in all of pop culture. His characters are timeless, and the stories he's written have resonated for generations. Fortunately for all of us dedicated geeks looking for true inspirational icons, Lee follows the example of the superheroes he writes about by being a true hero himself. That was just proven by how he gave a young fan the gift of a lifetime.
Summer Hughes, an elementary school counselor, recently took to Facebook to share a touching story involving one of her students, and Stan "The Man" Lee. Check it out with a tissue in hand:
In her post, Hughes revealed she has a student named Humberto, who has a killer combination of a love for superheroes and art. Unfortunately, he's too shy and he isn't willing to share his art with anyone aside from his fellow-superhero loving counselor. Looking for ways to inspire him, Hughes came up to the boy and asked him to draw a picture of his favorite superhero. Humberto obliged and he brought her a drawing of Spidey from Civil War. Little did the boy know that Hughes took his art to Dragoncon, where #StanLee touched down for an appearance, to deliver the drawing to The Generalissimo himself.
Hughes went to the convention and discovered that Stan wasn't surrounded by fans as usual, because his meet-and-greet wasn't scheduled for another hour. The counselor approached Lee's attendant and explained she wanted to give him a gif. The attendant said there was no problem, and allowed her to meet him –– without any phones though. Hughes approached Stan and explained that she wanted to give him Humberto's #SpiderMan drawing, so that, when she returned to school, she could tell him how Lee had one of his drawings.
Stan agreed in the most awesome way possible, allowing her to snap a pic of him holding Humberto's drawing, so that she could have a picture to show the little boy. Hughes did so, and delivered the picture to Humberto who in turn, posed for a photograph of himself holding Stan's picture, holding his drawing.
... I'm not crying, you're crying.
Well, that was undoubtedly amazing. This story really inspired me. So much so, that I felt compelled to delve a little deeper into the interwebs to find other fans who had great encounters with Stan Lee. Unsurprisingly, there were plenty out there, but I narrowed them down to two.
An Invaluable Torn Page
Reddit user natedigad revealed that one time he spoke to a fellow collector about meeting Lee. According to the unidentified fan, he approached Stan Lee with a comic book to sign. Lee started to flip through the pages of the comic, and accidentally tore one off. HIs response? Well, Lee autographed both the issue and the torn page with this epic message:
"This page ripped by Stan Lee."
Did the comic book value go down? Probably. But the sentimental value is through the roof right now.
The Time Were Stan Made A Trip To The Bank Actually Exciting
Another Reddit user by the name of Zurbaran928 told the tale of an unexpectedly epic trip to a location that isn't known for exciting stuff. According to the user, it was around 2005 when he encountered Lee in a line in a bank. The user approached him and thanked him for all the comics and characters he created over the years. Stan's reply?
"Thanks –– I did it all for you!"
It's gone without saying for years, but Stan is truly a special man. I don't know about you, but I can't wait to hear more stories like these in the future.
If you want to see him for yourself, worry not, because he'll be popping up in more of his famous #MCU cameos. It was recently confirmed that Lee will be appearing in every Marvel movie from now Thor: Ragnarok through Avengers 4—and hopefully more after that.
What do you think about Stan Lee's latest lovely gesture? What your favorite demonstration of his love for fans? Let me know in the comments!