George RR Martin (Game of Thrones author) surprised me by saying Stan Lee was a bigger influence on him than Shakespeare or Tolkien. He started to write to Stan when he was 16, and Stan wrote back.
Now he’s saying he was bigger than Disney in bringing to everyday life characters that entertain us and spawned huge movies.
Stan was at Comic Con in San Jose this year and I couldn’t believe the insane hoards of people lined up to get his autograph. He looked great, healthy and happy as can be at 95. Thank God we had him all these years.