Gone, but never forgotten. Comics legend Stan Lee passed away in November 2018, but his legacy, his voice, and his likeness live on. At Thursday’s “A Celebration of Stan Lee’s Life and Legacy” panel at San Diego Comic-Con International, a two-minute preview for the animated show The Amazing Stan revealed a post-humous project which envisions our world today through a young Lee’s eyes, as if he were a kid in 2019.
The Amazing Stan is a combined effort from Pure Imagination Studios and Lee’s POW! Entertainment. The former’s Chief Content Officer, John P. Roberts, conceptualized the show with Sanjee Gupta. The pair reportedly brought the project to Lee before his passing; he gave the show his blessing and was even involved in the development. Scott Peterson (Escape from Cluster Prime, Phineas and Ferb) is writing the series, with Roberts co-producing alongside Pure Imagination CEO Joshua Wexler, CEO of PI Studios, POW! President, Director and CEO Gill Champion, and POW! Chief Marketing Officer Bob Sabouni.
“It is an honor to help carry on the creative legacy of one of the greatest storytellers that pop culture has ever known by introducing an original animated adventure series featuring a new cast of characters for kids and adults to connect with,” Roberts said, via Deadline. “Stan Lee turned his childhood daydreams into a universe that features superheroes that have resonated with generations of all ages and cultures. Now his millions of fans can look forward to seeing him appear as an animated version of his younger self for the very first time.”
Champion added, “Stan had the uncanny ability to see the world with a childlike imagination. For example, an office building becomes a castle, while the streets below form a moat protecting the inhabitants inside. It takes a very special creative team to capture the story of a young Stan and the birth of his unique creations – we’re thrilled to work with Pure Imagination Studios and its team of creators and collaborators to tell this remarkable story and share this amazing ride with his legion of fans.”