Stan Lee, the nonagenarian hero of comic book fans around the world, cancelled his appearance at the Big Apple Comic Con due to health issues. Stan is 94 years old. The convention staff announced:
“Stan keeps to an amazing schedule and it seems to have taken its toll. We are terribly sorry for any inconvenience but the show must go on.”
The Big Apple Comic Con in New York City, Stan’s home town, will go on without him. No admission tickets will be refunded. However, any photo-ops, swag-bag pre-orders, or autographs paid for in advance will be fully refunded. Some pre-autographed memorabilia will be available for sale.
Stan Lee was forced to cancel what was supposed to be his final appearance at Comic-Con International: San Diego last year due to health issues. However, because of his age, Stan has billed several comic book convention appearances as his final appearance. He also cancelled several appearances in 2012, when he had a pacemaker implanted in his chest.
Stan Lee, better known as Stan the Man to his millions of fans, is the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. He has been in the comic book industry since 1939, when he refilled the inkwells for the artists at Timely Comics. His comic book writing debut was in 1941, in Captain America #3. He went on to create some of the best known superheroes in the world, including the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Daredevil, the X-Men, and Doctor Strange. He has been a TV host for several shows. Today, he is popular for his cameos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Stan Lee has had cameo appearances in as many Marvel movies as possible, from the made-for-TV film The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989) to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming, both in post-production and due to be released later this year. His two favorite cameos were when Tony Stark mistook him for Hugh Hefner in Iron Man (2008) and when he played a drunk WWII veteran in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). He has also appeared in other movies and TV shows, including The Big Bang Theory, The Simpsons, Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, and Robot Chicken, often playing himself or a parody of himself.
Stan Lee was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995. President George W. Bush awarded him the National Medal of Arts in 2008.
We at SCIFI.radio hope that Stan Lee recovers quickly. Excelsior, Stan.
Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as 26 short stories, mostly fantasy in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, Swords &Sorceries Vols. 1, 2, & 5, “Cat Tails” “Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions, Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.