Dinner with Stan Lee
(first published online, Summer,
2003 issue of Once Upon A Dime.com)
Thanks to Don Swan a dream of mine came true.
I met Stan "the Man" Lee. Stan is for
me (as I'm sure for many of you) a mixture of hero,
muse, patron saint, guiding creative force and more.
Friday the 18th at Comic Con San Diego, Stan stopped
by the booth for Comic Book the Movie. (He is interviewed
by Don Swan in the film.) I had only time to shake
his hand and exchange the basic praises "It's
a great thrill to meet you." I think I said.
He commented on the cute girl in the booth wearing
her "Have Courage!" t-shirt. I offered
him one to wear himself. "Are you kidding?
I can't wear t-shirts they make my arms look too
A crowd began to gather around him. I mentioned
he was a bigger draw than the lovely model dressed
as Liberty Lass. He said something like "there
must be something wrong with these people, look
at her." And then Stan had to dash off to his
other booth promoting "Who wants to be a Superhero?"
his new reality TV show for WB.
But the best was yet to come. That night Stan was
to join Don Swan, Mark Hamill and the folks from
Creative Light Entertainment for dinner. As editors
of this site Derek
McCaw and myself were invited to attend. Rob
Worley of www.comics2film.com
was also invited. Silly me I was late to arrive,
but luckily Stan was later.
I found most seats were taken and Derek and Rob
had the good fortune of sitting across from Baywatch
Babe Donna D'Errico. I mentioned to them that they
had the best seats in the house. Then Stan Lee arrived.
The talented voice over actors who appear in Comic
Book the Movie quickly surrounded Stan and serenaded
him with the themes to the Hulk and Captain America
Soon Stan and Chase Masterson (Deep Space 9, Creature
Unknown) discovered the last remaining seats
were near me.
To be honest Stan's attention was dedicated mostly
to the lovely Ms. Masterson but I did manage to
get a few edge-wise words in. I told Stan that much
like Robert Fulghum's book "Everything
I needed to know I learned in Kindergarden,"
everything I needed to know I had learned from Marvel
comics. How to read, how to write, how to draw (the
Marvel Way), and how to appreciate Norse myth, which
I still do. I mentioned my high school rock band
was named MJOLLNIR and I had the
hammer of Thor on my bass drum. He laughed and said
I owed him royalties.
Later with Derek and Rob we talked to Stan about
his comics to film adaptations. He said Spiderman
was his favorite so far. He was thrilled and amazed
that the FX technology is now at a point where his
stories can be told on the screen.
he had a favorite Marvel character film, when I
pressed him to choose his favorite child (of his
comic book creations) he said he couldn't. They
were all his favorites. "And it depends on
when you read them. Who's drawing them. Who's writing
them. Everyone does something different with each
one. I can't keep up with reading the books these
Stan was amazingly charming, jovial and soon I
felt he could be my grandfather. In a creative muse
sort of way I guess he is.