You know those “things to do” on a Life or Bucket List that you never really thought of until AFTER the event or moment happened?
Yeah, that’s my “Getting an item autographed by Stan Lee in person”… and that happened this past Sunday. I’m not sure how I could have missed adding this life event to my list, but it was there, I assure you.
This guy (pictured above), I received at one of my first Christmases (I was either one or two; I’m much too old to remember). The stuffed figure has seen better days, of course, given it’s nearly 35 YEARS OLD… and, well, it was a toy when I was a kid. I even lost it at one point in my life, rediscovering it at my grandmother’s house in a box of crap almost two decades later. I also purchased an exact replica (in a bit better condition) off eBay in my early 20s when I thought I had lost it for good.
Spidey has been sitting in a box in storage for a few years because I haven’t had the room or space to display all my Spiderman memorabilia and collectables. Stan Lee was scheduled to appear at Pittsburgh’s ComiCon — and I realized this might be the only chance left in my lifetime (because, thinking realistically and morbidly, Lee is 90 years old).
While I missed the photographic moment of him looking up at me while he signed Spidey (seriously, I was freaking shaky from excitement), he gave me a big smile almost in approval that what I brought him was unique.
A piece of my personal history, forever honored and changed — touched and signed by Stan Lee: