You could ask Stan about the Spider-Man newspaper strip, which is about the only Marvel product that he has any creative input in these days.
Or you could ask him about the brokerage firm that he owns with his brother Morg.
You've heard of 'Morg & Stan Lee', haven't you?
(if you're puzzled, say it out loud a few times)
Last edited by Rob Allen; 05-03-2012 at 06:10 PM.
Let me clarify a bit too...I imagine it probably means a lot more to a less famous sort of person who might not hear this sort of thing so often. I was thinking more of people like Stan Lee, William Shatner, etc.. who I imagine have heard it all.
But maybe it still means something to them, I have no idea. And if it means something to you, or anyone else to say that to someone you admire that's cool, I'm certainly not trying to rain on anyone's parade.
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Instead ask him about your favorite Silver Age comic. Remember he did not create Cap. If your favorite character is one he did co-create by all means tell him. Spidey, Hulk, FF, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, the Original Nick Fury, Ant Man or Giant Man & Wasp, Original X-Men ( Scott, Bobby, Jean, Hank, Warren, Prof X etc...
If you read any of his new comics tell him. Make sure what you bring to sign...he wrote. He might have a story. If he is mean (doubtful) ask him about his Entourage episode.
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I had a chance to meet Ostrander in person at a convention here in St. Paul once, and he was the nicest guy. He signed about ten issues of The Spectre for the girl in front of me (who was, oddly, the only other person in line at the moment). I talked to him a little bit, mostly about Del Close and Ostrander's time in theater since I do some playwright stuff and a lot of my friends are actors who have really been influenced by Second City.
I had a copy of Wasteland #6 with me, which was from a series that Ostrander co-wrote with Close. Due to some convoluted printing stuff, this issue shipped with a blank white cover. (You can see it with some explanation here.) After talking to him awhile, I asked him to sign the blank cover. Instead of just signing it, he drew a self-portrait in Elizabethan garb and wrote a funny little message. It's one of my most treasured pieces of comic memorabilia.
I guess this is just the long way of saying that, if an artist has influenced your life or made a work that really speaks to you, and if you trust yourself to get that feeling across, most artists will respond to that sort of gesture. If the venue is bustling, if there's a cost associated, and you're really only there to meet someone famous, well... I'd probably pass on that.
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That Perez story reminded me of when I met Mignola.
It was last year, in March, in a very small conversation in Sacramento (Sac Con) and for 10 bucks! Not only did get met and extensively talk to Mignola, get as many items signed by him (Got my library vol 3, rocket raccoon, cosmic odyssey, Batman Dark Night, Dark City (he just did the covers and it was a great story by Peter Milligan)) all for free AND on top of that I got to met Inker Mick Gray (talked to him about digital comics and 52), Timothy Green II (we manga and Moebius nerded out for a straight hour) and the voice of Goku; all this for 10 bucks!
Now I know Mignola isn't BIG like Perez or Lee (I know MM is big but not as huge as those two) but it's great when creators go out of there way to do things like this.
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Just came back from Avengers, and Kirby is credited twice in the movies' credits. First says Based on comic books created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The second says Captain America created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.
As for what to say to Stan, can't tell you but all I can recommend is that whatever you say, mean it. Whether it's thank you, it's an honor, can you sign this it will mean a lot, or you're a bum for the way you treated blah blah, whatever you say, mean it because you will have to live with what you said.
Edit-there was also a special thanks to line that had about 8-10 writers and artists names listed and went by too fast for me to read them all, but I did see Sal Buscema and George Perez mentioned.
Last edited by MRP; 05-04-2012 at 02:18 AM.
A lunatic is easily recognized...You can tell him by the liberties he takes with common sense...and by the fact that sooner or later he brings up the Templars.
Stan, along with Jack Kirby, are probably the only two comic book celebrities that I would like to meet. Like many of you, Iím not much into the hype created by celebrities. I was at the Boston convention a few weeks ago, and they had a panel that consisted of Berine Wrightson,Joe Sinnott, Bill Sienkiewicz, Bob Layton . As much as I loved Layton and Michelinieís run on Iron Man (my favorite IM run), I felt no real need to meet him. However, Stanís early work on Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer were some of the first comics I read. I remember distinctively that sense of wonder and an affiliation to the high moral fiber that his characters exhibited. To some small degree, Stan helped shaped my character at a young age.
Iíve had 3 or 4 times where Iíve had the opportunity to meet him. Each time however, Iíve met strange obstacles that have prevented me from doing so. I feel that our time to pay tribute to him is running short. So to answer your question Mark, speak from the heart.
Yes, I'll have thought out some questions, besides ranting how I feel in love with comics thanks in large part to him.
Rob, the broker thing threw me for a second...
Ansd I totally agree about Perez. Possibly the second greatest comic book artist ever (yeah I said it) and always a great guy. We don't deserve him.
Last edited by tolworthy; 05-04-2012 at 12:23 PM.
Allow the following dialogue to work out
You: Hey, Stan. Did Spider-Man ever try to market himself for personal gain?
Stan: Umm well yes, when he tried to take advantage of his powers!
You: Right. And what happened?
Stan: Well, Uncle Ben died as a result of his actions
You: Kind of like I just died a little inside knowing how much you're charging me to stand here and ask you a question
Stan: Umm well....
You: Bazinga! Ps Kirby rules!
At which point you calmly take out your AF 15 issue and slowly tear it up.....too much?
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