Legendary writer and editor Stan Lee, who turned 93 just two weeks ago, revealed his vision has declined to the point that he can no longer read the adventures of the superheroes he helped to create.
“My eyesight has gotten terrible and I can’t read comic books any more,” he told Radio Times. “The print is too small. Not only a comic book, but I can’t read the newspaper or a novel or anything. I miss reading 100 percent. It’s my biggest miss in the world.”
Pulling from the magazine’s print edition, the Daily Mail quotes Lee as saying, “I come up with ideas for stories and somebody writes an outline for me – but I can’t read it. I have to hope it’s good. If something is very important, they print it in very big type for me to read – but that’s all I can do. I have the same trouble with hearing. It’s awful to feel a thousand years old.”
Lee, whose sunglasses have long been his signature, mentioned in a November interview with BBC Radio that his eyesight “isn’t that good,” but didn’t elaborate on the extent of the decline.
Although Lee may feel “a thousand years old,” he certainly doesn’t act like it: He maintains a busy public schedule, appearing regularly at conventions and Marvel movie premieres — and in the films themselves. He’s also been making the interview rounds, promoting his graphic memoir Amazing Fantastic Incredible.