I’m Stan Lee. I’ve been writing stories for the young generation for the past 30 years. During this time I think I’ve learned a lot about what young people think. More importantly, I think I’ve learned a lot about what young people are. We’re going to try to present a voice that somebody will listen to. The voice is needed. We hope it will be ours. ♪♪♪ Excelsior! ♪♪♪ Ladies and gentlemen The one and only Mr Stan Lee [Cheering] Stan was doing one of his panels and they asked me to come up and just say hi to him. I felt a little goofy but I came up and I shoke his hand I think the microphone caught it but I whispered in his ear I said “Hey they just wanted me to come up here and shake your hand but while I’m up here I want to say thank you for saving my life ’cause the life that I have today there’s a direct line from that first comic book to here.” Well, Stan’s best creation was always Stan. As a creative figure is one thing Stan as a personality was able to somehow tap into his own larger than life self-effacing and self-aggrandizing at the same time personality. As I would describe it, that P.T. Barnum aspect of him. It’s just something he infused the group with and it’s something that the people who’ve followed him have been able to kind of keep that energy going. I think Stan Lee is going to be an icon. What he represents. What he was able to accomplish. He built American mythology. His stories are really what stay with us. Those characters that he created when he infused Marvel the brand with have always shone through. Even if they have super powers, they have to be believable. What they do has to be what any normal person would do in those situations. Any idea that he championed, all kinds of different voices, all kinds of points of view and the concept of diversity and equality and conversations about you know social politics all these things he had been doing for years and now it’s at the forefront of everything that we talk about. I just think that he was just connected in that way and he was connected to who his true audience was and who he was writing for. He complimented that with always being hopeful with his own first-person personality of being Stan. My earliest memories of Stan were reading those Soapboxes. You felt like he was talking directly to you and no one else. What I didn’t realize was there was a kid behind me at the candy store reading the same thing feeling the exact same way. His ideology was very clear. It was very black and white. How to be good. How to treat people equally. And that’s a really powerful impact. To lean into the light as much as you can even if there’s darkness all around you. In writing the Soapboxes I used
to just talk to the readers anything that came to my mind.
Just to make the books not seem like something cold and aloof
and it’s something you buy and throw away. I wanted them
to feel buying a Marvel book was like visiting an old friend. Without that we wouldn’t be
experiencing the success that we have today. People like that. Creative
geniuses like that, you can’t help walk away learning lessons.
They have a way of delivering messages that you know resonate
with those of us who followed his work who followed the
characters he created. He made it feel intimate and
that anybody could belong to it. We’re really lucky to have him
really define us ‘cause it’s really given us something to move
forward with. There will never be a world
without Stan Lee. He’s the heart of the