Hollywood Honors Marvel Comics Legend Stan Lee

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Hollywood Honors Marvel Comics Legend Stan Lee


LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Stan Lee, whose Marvel superheroes have dominated popular culture for half a century, was honored Tuesday when he plunged his hands and feet into cement at Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theater.

In a typically colorful comment, the 94-year-old comic book legend -- whose characters include Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America and Thor -- joked that he "would have asked for a raise" if he'd known how good he was.

"I've been the luckiest man in the world because I've had friends. And to have the right friends is everything -- people you can depend on, people who tell you the truth if you ask for something," he said.

He paid emotional tribute to his "wonderful" wife of nearly 70 years, Joan, who died less than two weeks ago at age 93.

It has been a poignant week for Lee, who was honored as a Disney Legend during the D23 Expo in Anaheim on Friday, where he delivered a rousing speech and received a standing ovation.

Born Stanley Martin Lieber on December 28, 1922 in New York, he began his career in 1939 as an assistant at Timely Comics with such duties as getting lunch, filling inkwells and proofreading. …

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