What is too often missed in our encounters with celebrities, even here in Hawaii, is a chance to get to know them and find out what makes them people. For a little over 300 fans, last night’s relatively intimate panel at the Hawaii Convention Center with comic legend Stan Lee was exactly that – a chance to ask questions of their hero, and get a taste of the great man’s thoughts, opinions and personality.
Still sharp as a tack at age 93 and always ready with a humorous quip, Lee spent his time in the spotlight taking questions from the eager audience, with the help of his assistant Max Anderson, the co-founder of Stan Lee Collectibles.
It was a memorable glimpse into the mind of the man who helped birth the pop-culture universe in which we now live and co-created The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, The X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four and dozens of other well-known Marvel titles.
One of the highlights of the session was Lee’s reminiscing about Bob Kane, the creator of Batman (“He would walk up to everyone and say “Do you know who I am? I created Batman!”), Frank Miller (Stan Lee once snuck into Miller’s Q & A session and announced his presence by asking him who would win in a fight between Spiderman and Batman) and other industry legends that he has worked and interacted with in his long career.
His advice to young writers: “The one thing I always tried to do is to write stories that I myself would want to read. I never tried to write stories for a certain age group, or a certain type of person. I don’t know other people, I only know myself. So I figure if I could write a story that I would enjoy, there must be a lot of other people who have the same taste that I do.”
If you missed Stan Lee on Friday, never fear! He’ll be here all weekend with autographs and photo ops at Other Realms, 1130 N. Nimitz Hwy.
Stan Lee in Honolulu
Saturday April 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Other Realms Ltd., 1130 N. Nimitz Hwy., Suite C-140
For more information, visit www.other-realms.com.
Here are a few more photos from the panel: