Stan Lee Has Passed Away
Anytime that someone you’ve known and admired for over fifty years passes away, it comes as a shock. That was certainly was the case this morning, as word reached me that my friend, Stan Lee, had died.
Since I first received the sad news, I have been interviewed by two local TV stations, which gave me plenty of time to reflect upon just how much Stan meant to me, not just as a comics professional, but also as a scared 10 year-old kid hiding in his room from an abusive father in 1965 who found hope and strength through Stan‘s awesome early Spider-Man stories. Peter Parker may have been considerably older than me, but I took great solace from his struggles to find his place in a hostile world, while still maintaining his decency and never losing his moral compass. In many regards, Stan Lee became my surrogate father through the power of his remarkable prose, which still resonates with children (and adults) today. He instilled positive values in me that continue to guide my life, and for that I will be eternally grateful to him.
As regards our professional interactions, Stan befriended me on numerous occasions. He knew that I was dirt-poor when we first met, so he personally overrode his agent’s demands for his traditional $10,000.00 honorarium during his first signing tour of our 4 Colorado stores in 1981, and instead appeared for nominal travel expenses, only. When we were displaced from our beautiful Mega-Store in Anaheim in 1993, he again appeared for free, just to help me out. Years later, when Morgan Spurlock was seeking casting advice in 2011 for the vintage comics dealer character in his upcoming “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope” documentary Stan (and Harry Knowles of aintitcool.com) insisted that I was the only dealer who could make that critical role come alive. The photo above was taken when we both saw the final cut of the film at it’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film a festival, in September of 2012. Stan Lee was a dear friend, and a true American hero. My world feels so very much emptier now that he is gone…
I really don’t feel up to writing any more, but I have bills to pay, so I will quickly mention that our new 50% off LOOKAGAIN! codeword is proving very popular, especially when folks realize that we’ve also slashed our website list prices for most items listed on our website by upwards of 40% off. November is our slowest month of the year, so there are some amazing deals to be had on our website right now during the LOOKAGAIN! sale. Only new issues, a few variants, and our professionally-graded comics are excluded from this huge sale.
President – Mile High Comics, Inc.
November 12, 2018