Drawing may never have been Stan Lee’s forte, but when called upon for a good cause, even Stan The Man can put pencil to paper.
That’s the focus of a rather heartwarming story that ran in The New York Times this weekend focusing on 8-year-old autistic Harlem resident Jamel Hunter. The youngest of five children to a mother who herself has physical disabilities, Hunter was the subject of a profile in the paper late last year when he received a Spider-Man themed birthday party. The story caught the notice of retired jazz musician Corky Hale — who just happens to be the neighbor of the 92-year-old Marvel Comics legend. Hale enlisted Lee to draw a sketch of Spidey declaring “Hi Jamel!” and sent it to the boy via Times reporter Michael Wilson.
“This was a unique experience,” Lee told the paper. “Corky called me and said there was a little boy…She wanted a sketch, so I did one.”
If there’s any downside to the story, it’s that America’s paper of record misidentified Lee as the sole creator of the web-slinging hero — despite the fact that Lee himself told them he never drew the series. The Times has since amended their story to call Lee a creator of Spider-Man, but still fail to note the participation of still living New York resident Steve Ditko.
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