Wednesday January 30th I flew out to California to hang with a friend and celebrate the legacy of Stan “The Man” Lee along with hundreds of fans at the Legion M event “Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible and Uncanny Life of Stan Lee” at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.
The main event was hosted by Stan Lee fan turned friend, writer/director Kevin Smith and had testimonials from actors like Mark Hamill, Laurence Fishburne, Clark Gregg, Seth Green, the RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan and Bill Duke.
Comic luminaries including George Perez, Marv Wolfman, Jeph Loeb, Joe Quesada and Bill Sienkiewicz also spoke about their history with the Marvel legend.
In addition to the people that made it there in person, there were video tributes from stars like Dwayne “The Roc” Johnson, William Shatner, George Takei, Ming Na-Wen, Mike Colter, David Tennant and Doug Jones.
Fans walked away with Loot Crate gift boxes along with a deeper understanding of the man that empowered generations of people.
Here’s a photo gallery of the moving evening. (All photos by George Carmona.)
George Carmona 3rd is an Artist/Designer/Writer, former Milestone Media Intern, former DC Comics paper pusher, book lover, lifelong comic geek, has been in 4 Star Trek novels, rocked the tactical station on the Bridge Crew Simulator and held down the DS9 team on a panel at the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. Follow him on Twitter @gcarmona3.