Sad news today. I had the privilege of meeting Stan Lee many years ago while working on a Spider-Man cartoon. I got to show him how we did facial animation at the time, using a Mary Jane scene I animated. He said “Graham, that’s just great. It’s amazing you guys can do all that with that little mouse thing!” Then he mentioned he was doing a voice in the show, which unbeknownst to him I had started animating, so I showed him. It was only the lip sync, no eyes or brows, and he watched and said, “That’s great, but you know.... I move my eyes a bit when I talk”. Then we had a laugh.
Then after a long day of touring the studio, he took the time to sit and sign all of our nerd gear.
At the end of the visit, as he was saying goodbye, I stopped him and presented him with a Spidey pic signed by the animators as a small token of thanks for being so generous with his time. But I told him I couldn’t give it to him unless he did one more thing for me. He looked a little perplexed, then I pointed to my friend and uber Stan Lee Fan, Dave Lee, and said “Stan, that’s my friend Dave and he really really REALLY wants you to say excelsior!” Stan smiled, pushed me away, then mimed pushing the crowd back, balled up his fists and shaking them at the sky let loose a grand EXCELSIOR!!!!
One of the best days ever.
You often hear you shouldn’t meet your heroes, but we met Stan that day, and he truly was a Super-hero!!! Thank you Stan, for everything.
Excelsior good sir. Excelsior. .
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