He visited college campuses on a now-legendary lecture tour that invigorated a new generation of comic readers and energized an entire industry, transforming kiddie-entertainment into a part of American pop culture for all ages.
On a balmy evening coming up this winter in LA, the editor-in-chief of this generation will meet with the editor-in-chief of that generation in the UCLA ballroom to give that old road show a new millennium twist, in MARVEL: THEN AND NOW, A NIGHT WITH STAN LEE AND JOE QUESADA.
As with any evening with Stan and Joe, there will be some surprises, a major announcement and an unexpected guest or two. (Well, we'll expect them, but the audience won't.) The event is a benefit for A.C.T.O.R., a not-for-profit charity that provides financial assistance to comics creators in need.
Stan, now Chief Creative Officer of his own Hollywood company POW! Entertainment, has not one, but two shows on Sci-Fi Channel – the reality show Who Wants to be a Super-Hero? and the original movie LIGHTSPEED. Joe has been editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics since 2000, making his tenure the fourth longest of the 13 men who have held the position since 1939, and the first Marvel EIC since Joe Simon in 1939 to have started his career as an artist.
"This is a unique time and place to be having this discussion, especially since we've been toying around with the traditions of the comic book – like unmasking Spider-Man in front of the world – in a similar way to how Stan approached comics in the 60s," said Joe. "And, while that will make for a lively enough conversation, I can't get my mind off the fact that I'm going to spend a Saturday night in Los Angeles sitting on a stage and talking about comics with Stan Lee."
Stan, being his typical humble self, agreed.
"Joe's got it good, I'll give him that," Stan said. "But I think he might be getting a little long in the tooth to be hanging out with a bunch of college kids. That's a job for a younger man with a little more vitality and energy. I hope he can keep up with us." After he stopped laughing, Stan added, "But no matter what, it promises to be an exciting night with both Joe and me undoubtedly trying to top each other as the session sizzles along!"
Further information will be forthcoming – stay tuned!
A Commitment To Our Roots (A.C.T.O.R.) Comic Fund is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. A.C.T.O.R. creates a financial safety net for yesterdays' creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It's a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. For more information, visit www.ACTORComicFund.org.