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Stan Lee 'Marvels' At USC

Jenny Kim |
September 23, 2014 | 10:39 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Stan Lee at Bovard Auditorium (Jenny Kim/Neon Tommy)
Stan Lee at Bovard Auditorium (Jenny Kim/Neon Tommy)
Writer, producer, editor, entrepreneur, actor, genius — the list goes on. Stan Lee is a staple name to nearly every household in the world.

With phenomenal credits such as “Spider-Man”, “Avengers,” “Captain America,” “X-Men,” “Iron Man,” “Thor,” and more recently "Guardians of the Galaxy," Lee has nearly eighty years of experience. He has revolutionized the superhero franchise as the former head of Marvel Comics and the genius that has created America’s most beloved superheroes and role models for children and adults all around. In what has been USC Speaker’s Committee most successful event with tickets selling out in a record amount of time, Stan Lee at USC: A MARVELous Mind was been a fantastic event for all those who were able to attend. 

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With USC’s very own David Belasco moderating the discussion, attendees of this event got to hear everything from Lee regarding what it was like growing up during the Great Depression, to his hilarious stories interjected between each question and answer.

The energy in the audience was buzzing and the excitement was tangible as everyone roared with applause and whistles as Lee greeted the room in such a charming and rapturing manner. Throughout the entire event, Lee had the entire room captivated with his enduring charisma and refreshing honesty. The room responded tremendously to his witty humor and self-confidence. We know he’s the best, and so does he. 

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Unlike anyone else to precede him, Lee made it clear that he really revolutionized the comic book industry. Once starting off during a time when comic books were lame and unpopular, Lee and collaborators such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko turned the entire industry around with his enveloping dialogue and artwork, along with superheroes that are relatable and realistic.

What Lee does with his Marvel characters is create ordinary people with extraordinary powers. Like his superhero characters, (very much like you and me besides the flying and super human strength, of course), he emphasizes that rather than being a creator of everyone’s favorite comics, he prefers to be a friend to fans worldwide. Decades of devotion and dedication to his work have produced one of world’s biggest fan communities, and Lee has made it clear that his work is what makes him happy. 

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From a working boy living in the Bronx to a 91-year-old entrepreneur and creator, Lee has been the mastermind behind the most successful movie franchises in all of American history. With movies such as “Iron Man” and “Spider-Man” destroying competitors in the summer box-office, the youthful author has brought many children and adults alike enjoyment and inspiration. To have him enlighten us with his wisdom, creativity, and humor was a great honor, and USC hopes to have him back soon.

As Lee would say, "Excelsior!"

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