Stan Lee, ex-president of Marvel Comics, and co-creator of such beloved superheroes as the Amazing Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and the Incredible Hulk, has decided that the 2016 Comic-Con in New York will be his last appearance at the convention.
The announcement about Stan Lee was made on the Comic-Con homepage, and Tech Times reported that, back in February, Stan Lee also announced that Fan Expo Canada would be his last convention in the country. Fan Expo Canada will run from September 1-4, and will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center.
The 93-year old hasn’t reported any significant health problems, though The Independent did report that there has been talk over the last couple of years that Stan Lee has been suffering from issues with his hearing and vision, which, if they continue to degrade, would definitely impair his ability to make public appearances like the ones at Comic-Con.
“My eyesight has gotten terrible and I can’t read comic books anymore. I can’t even read a script. I come up with ideas for stories and somebody writes an outline for me – but I can’t read it. I have to hope it’s good. If something is very important, they print it in very big type for me to read – but that’s all I can do. I have the same trouble with hearing. It’s awful to feel a thousand years old.”
Stan Lee, though he may have trouble with his vision and hearing, has so far managed to keep up his public appearances, including one yesterday with Lou Ferrigno — bodybuilder and the Hulk in The Incredible Hulk television show — at Kansas City’s “Planet Comicon,” which is running from May 20-22 at Bartle Hall.
— Lou Ferrigno (@LouFerrigno) May 20, 2016
Stan Lee has also made cameos in almost every single Marvel superhero movie to date, including X-Men: Apocalypse, which is currently playing in theaters. Lee even makes an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, and when asked why he maybe wouldn’t have a cameo, Cinema Blend reported that Stan Lee hilariously stated:
“This is the one group I didn’t create. I didn’t write Guardians of the Galaxy. I’m not even sure who they all are! I can’t wait to see the movie.”
— Superhero Feed (@SuperheroFeed) May 19, 2016
The 2016 New York Comic-Con, which could undoubtedly be one of the last times we see Stan Lee at a convention — though he does have his own convention called Comikaze, which will be held at the L.A. Convention Center from October 28-30 this year — will be at the Javits Center running from October 6-9.
You can buy tickets here, though this year all attendees of Comic-Con will be required to go through what’s known as “fan verification,” which is an extra step fans must take in order to purchase entry into the con — fans will have to fill out a profile which will attach itself to their ticket — that is the convention’s way of trying to take scalpers and people reselling tickets online out of the equation.
Stan Lee made his final appearance in Europe at the London and Film Comic-Con in 2014, and as always he showed his humor while talking about the merging of the movie and comic book industries.
“You know it’s funny, I keep thinking that DC could probably make a lot more money with Superman and Batman if they announced I’d have a cameo in one of them. “
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