Just after Christmas Friday, filmmaker and podcaster Kevin Smith celebrated what would have been Stan Lee’s 96th Birthday by posting a video with sincere commentary of the last time he saw the celebrated Marvel creator in person.
Smith posted on his Instagram a video from last year of what was a surprise party celebrating Lee’s 95th birthday. Smith posted along with the video a lengthy description of the events that followed and how grateful he was to be in attendance.
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One year ago today on his 95th birthday, I saw @therealstanlee in real life for the last time. Prior to that, I’d last seen Stan at his footprints ceremony at the @chinesetheatres, when I was the emcee at the @legionmofficial event. But on December 28th of 2017, Stan’s faithful body man Max invited me to a steak house in Beverly Hills for a surprise party on behalf of our beloved Mr. Lieber. I asked “Are you sure it’s a good idea to throw a *surprise* party for a 95 year old?” But it truly was: as you can see in the video, Stan made it through the surprise just fine. I remember nearly not going because I had a HOLLYWOOD BABBLE-ON with @ralphgarman that night (like we do Monday for New Year’s Eve; Tickets at the link in my bio). But then I said “The Man’s only gonna turn 95 once...” I’m SO glad I went, as this was the last time I’d ever see my friend and hero: two months later, I had a massive heart attack. And nine months after that, Stan would leave us for a better place where the master storytellers gather and reminisce about how their magic words changed the world. Happy Birthday, Stan! We all miss you because you hung the moon, man. #KevinSmith #stanlee #legend #icon #birthday #nonagenarian #marvel
Lee and Smith first collaborated together when the celebrated Marvel writer cameoed in his 1995 film Mallrats; since then, they have worked on multiple projects together, either on lengthy discussions about the comic book industry or in cameos on Smith's other projects, such as Yoga Hosers or AMC’s Comic Book Men.
Following the death of Lee's wife Joan in July 2017, and controversies involving his former manager, Smith was vocal in his concern for Lee's well-being, and at one point invited the legendary writer to live with him.
In the Instagram message, Smith references his near fatal heart attack in February, after which he lost a staggering 51 pounds. He has remained busy, working on a variety of projects including an upcoming Hit Girl series that will be released in February.