Charlotte Comic Community Remembers Stan Lee

CHARLOTTE, NC – People around the world and in Charlotte are remembering Stan Lee, the legendary man behind many Marvel comics. Lee was the visionary behind Spider-Man, Daredevil, The Incredible Hulk, and others.

“These guys were just drawn larger than life,” said Andy Smith, a Charlotte comic book artist, “they’re just leaping off the page.”

Smith has worked at Marvel several times over the years. He says he owes much of his career to Stan Lee.

The 95 year old died on Monday. He co-created Black Panther, Captain America, Ant-Man, Spider-Man, The X-Men, and the list goes on.

“You look at all the books they put out in the 60’s and early 70’s and there would be different artist names, but the writer was almost always Stan Lee,” said Smith, who began drawing as a child and continues today.

“This is Stan’s first professional work,” said Shelton Drum, the owner of Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find in Charlotte.

Drum says Lee created relatable characters who seemed like regular people with regular problems, but had something a bit more super about them.

“The alter egos always had some other thing that the had to overcome,” said Drum.

Drum Says Lee’s energy and Enthusiasm for comics brought a lift to the convention he organizes each year. Lee made an appearance multiple times. He also made cameos in movies featuring his characters. Lee’s famous catch phrase, “Excelsior” can be heard at conventions from loyal supporters.

The man who made Marvel larger than life, now lives on in the stories he wrote.

“You pick up a Marvel comic, you think Stan Lee,” said Smith.