Remembering Stan Lee – my favorite moment

I never met Stan Lee. I only knew the Stan Lee public persona through cameos, public appearances, and of course, through his work. There are already a large number of online memorials following Lee’s passing on Monday, many of whom are from friends, colleagues, and those who actually met Stan the Man over the years. I can’t honestly assert any of those claims, I’m just a fan, so I’m at a bit of a loss on how to add to the conversation.

Lee created Spider-Man, the X-Men, Daredevil, the Fantastic Four, Hulk, and many, many more iconic characters while at Marvel. So many, in fact, that it’s difficult to choose a single favorite. Every character represents a different slice of humanity, each resonating differently depending on where in life you interact with them. Instead of retelling the drama of his 95 years as I’m certain so many have already done, or racking my brain trying to isolate a solitary favorite creation, I’ve decided to highlight my favorite Stan Lee “moment.”

Below is a clip from the Kevin Smith movie Mallrats in which Stan Lee meets an awkward fan in the form of Jason Lee. This Stan Lee moment is my favorite because it showed a version of him who was comfortable having friendly conversations about his work, no matter how crude, and particularly because it dramatized an interaction in which Stan seemed to revel – meeting and pleasing his fans.

Thank you Lord for blessing us with Stan Lee for 95 years. Thank you Stan for your creativity, your enthusiasm, and for always being great with your fans. I hope you’re giving Joan that dance she’s been waiting for.


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