An email from Wizard PR notes that Stan Lee’s management has informed them that “Stan would be unable to attend any upcoming appearances for the near future, including the Ohio Comic Con, as well as the “Authors Authors” Toledo-Lucas County Public Library appearance set for this Thursday, September 27th. We will let fans know more as we know more details.” Wizard is issuing refunds for all VIP, Photo Ops and Autograph Tickets that have been prepurchased.
Lee is still slated to attend Wizard World New Orleans—and many other shows. As we all know, the 89-year-old keeps a schedule people a quarter his age would find taxing. This is the second time this year that he’s canceled a bunch of appearances due to fatigue, however. Back in May he canceled his appearance at the Hero Complex Film Festival.
Lee’s busy, busy schedule is the topic of some speculation from time to time. Is he just doing it for fun? For money? (A Stan Lee VIP package at Wizard World New Orleans or other shows costs $299¯and they seem to sell a lot of them.) A mix of both? Something else? No one has the answer.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.