Stan “The Man” Lee is finally putting his hands into the cement in the courtyard area of Hollywood’s famous Chinese Theater. It’s a pretty rarified privilege, especially since there’s such limited space there. It used to be called Grauman’s Chinese Theater, but it’s now called the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX. We just call it the Hollywood Chinese Theater, and it’s about darn time that Stan gets to have an official hand-print ceremony… and the timing couldn’t be any better — smack dab in the middle of Comic-Con week, on Tuesday. And the thing that makes this all-the-more special is that it’s being organized by the fans!
On July 18, and on the eve of San Diego Comic-Con, the iconic creator and force behind Marvel Comics, STAN LEE, will put his handprints and footprints in cement in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX. Presented by Legion M, ICON: Celebrating Stan Lee, is the first ever handprint-footprints ceremony in TCL history to be organized and hosted by the fans.
“Stan Lee gave us the heroes that fueled our imagination and aspirations” said Kevin Smith, Filmmaker, Actor, Writer, Comedian and Stan Lee Fan. ”Now, WE, the fans, are coming together to give this permanent monument and tribute to the man that gave us so much.”
Stan Lee, the chief creative force behind the rise of Marvel Comics, brought to life some of the world’s most famous heroes and infamous villains, including Spider-Man, The Hulk, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, The Avengers, Loki, and Dr. Doom. His stories featured heroes and villains that were more psychologically complex than had ever been seen previously, inspiring legions of fans.
According to his autobiography, Excelsior, “Lee put the human in the superhuman.”
Lee’s connection to fans immediately led him to Legion M’s unique model of being the first fan-owned entertainment company, and he has been supportive of Legion M since its launch in 2016. Legion M embodies the fan culture that Lee’s work launched, perpetuating a legacy that has impacted generations. By organizing and rallying the fans, celebrities, companies and anyone who has been positively impacted by Lee’s work, Legion M is paying a heartfelt, historic and overdue tribute to one of the greatest storytellers of our time.
“On behalf of Stan Lee and Stan Lee Collectibles, we’re deeply moved and appreciative of the groundswell of fan support Stan has always enjoyed, and we’re grateful that his fans have united together with Legion M to give him this great honor,” says Stan Lee Collectibles CEO Max Anderson.
As a producer, writer, editor, publisher, actor, host and executive, and idol to many, Stan ‘the Man’ Lee has left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry having created or co-created 90% of Marvel’s most recognized characters. These creations have spawned books, films, television series, video games, web series, Broadway shows and more offering a steady stream of box office.
In 2017, Stan will celebrate his 95th birthday and 70th wedding anniversary, along with the 78th anniversary of the day he first started as an assistant filling inkwells at Timely Comics – now Marvel Comics – which over a lifetime of work he helped turn into one of the biggest media brands in the world.
Fans are invited to get involved, attend the event (and after party), pay tribute to Stan, take home a piece of history and more by visiting https://thelegionm.com/celebrating-stan-lee.
About Legion M (thelegionm.com):
Legion M was created in 2016 by Paul Scanlan and Jeff Annison, two of the Emmy winning founders of MobiTV. The company is using the JOBS Act to become the first media company built from the ground up to be owned by fans. Legion M’s mission is to unite 1 million fans to bring boldly original film, TV and virtual reality projects to market.