The legendary co-creator of such superheroes as Spider-Man, the Avengers and the X-Men, Stan Lee has attracted countless fans over the course of a seven-decade career. While he clearly treasures all of them, he asks for one thing from them: a little accuracy.
"I kinda don't like it when people come over to me and say, 'I'm your biggest fan,'" he says in the new installment of "Stan's Rants." "But I think, how do they know they're my biggest fan? Have they checked all my other fans? I might have a bigger fan somewhere. And are they referring to the fact that they're my most enthusiastic fan, or perhaps in height? They're my tallest fan?
"So I wish people would be more accurate," the 91-year-old writer continues, with tongue in cheek. "They might say, 'I'm a big fan of yours,' they might say, 'I think you're wonderful' -- I couldn't hear enough of that, you know -- they might say, 'I think you're terrific, I am such a fan' -- I kind of like that also. But 'I'm your biggest fan' ... it's inaccurate, that's what bothers me."
So please, people, if you approach Lee this weekend at Alamo City Comic Con, dial down the hyperbole -- he's anything but hyperbolic! -- and shoot for accuracy. And tell him he's wonderful.