Personal Story -
Last night was Stan Lee’s Birthday and it brought up a great moment that I experienced last year in my heart. I wanted to share.
I had the pleasure of meeting Stan Lee
at Baltimore Comic-Con
in 2012. He is my Hero in… life. It may seem so silly but Marvel Comic Books became my best friend and sanctuary.
When I was a little girl, I used to be bullied a lot. No matter if I was in school, church, or just in my neighborhood. I was the target for so many bullies. It’s an unfortunate part of growing up.
One day, when I was a young, I snuck out of Sunday School because I was so sick of dealing with the idiots and bullies and walked across the street to the local Anime store called “Starland.” I was already a huge anime fan by then so I used to spend a huge amount of my time in this store.
Well, I walked into the store and obviously looked sad and the Japanese man, I don’t remember his name, who owned the store asked me if I was ok. I just smiled but of course being a kid, I wasn’t able to hide my emotions too well. He walked me to the side of the store that I never went to because I always just read manga. It was the American Comic Book section. He handed me a Comic called “Thor.” He said to read that one and it would make me laugh and cheer me up. It was the volume where Loki turned Thor into a frog (Thor #363). He was so right.
After that day, I became an avid Comic Book collector and found myself falling in love with every Comic that I read. I didn’t realize till I was older that all the Comics that I loved were made by Marvel.
When I heard that Stan Lee was coming to Baltimore, I almost died from excitement. I just wanted to give him a hug. How do you tell someone who doesn’t know that you exist that his Comics literally saved a little girl from depression? Those heroes in the stories became the friends that I didn’t have back then.
I waited in line for an hour, which isn’t that bad really, and when I finally got to him, all I could do is stand there and smile. I was able to mutter “Thank you Mr. Lee” and he looked at me and smiled. When we took the photo together, all I could do is smile and he gave me a hug and they snapped the shot.
Such a small moment, that he’ll never remember, meant the world to me. My Hero, Stan “The Man” Lee. Who created so many beautiful works of art and stories that have entertained millions around the world. Mr. Lee is the God of the Nerds.
All I can say is Thank You for being this little girl’s hero.