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.
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