Let’s face it: we all owe a great deal to comic book icon Stan Lee. Without his contributions to comics in general, we wouldn’t know such great characters as Spider-Man, The Hulk, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, The X-Men, and countless others. The last 10+ years of superhero films wouldn’t exist without his contributions. Even after he stepped down from an active role at Marvel, Lee continued to be a part of geek culture. Everything from lectures across the country on his impact to the industry, to his charity work, to his numerous cameos, and of course him always being on the comic convention circuit. Over the years, Lee’s always made himself available at many comic conventions, including the big ones: San Diego Comic-Con and New York Comic-Con. As he has grown older, he has tried to remain active at conventions, even though he eventually started winding down in his appearances. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.
Lee now is 93, and the constant travel as well as other health complications and made it so Lee has to finally step down. New York Comic-Con announced that while Lee will make an appearance at the 2016 convention, it will be his last. The continuous travel can be exhausting, and Lee has decided that he needs some much-deserved rest. Lee recently stated that his eyesight and hearing are failing, but for the most part, he is still in good health. September’s Fan Expo Canada convention will be Lee’s last up north. This doesn’t mean that Lee is completely retiring from conventions, he still has plans to try and attend conventions on the West Coast where he is located.
With all his contributions to this industry, it’s fair to say he’s earned a little R&R.
Category: Nerd Culture