Marvel’s Stan Lee Will No Longer Hold Public Autograph Signings And For Good Reason
Stan Lee is the iconic face of Marvel. From his lineage as an executive and writer in the company to his reprising cameos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Outside of films and comics, he often participated in autograph signings for the fans as an appreciation for their dedication to the name, but it looks like those are coming to an end.
According to Desert Wind Comics and Celestial Comics, Lee will no longer hold public autograph signings, but there’s good reason for it. The world’s beloved Stan Lee is getting on in years, and it grows more apparent with each public autograph signing. At 95 years old, folks are finally admitting the wear of his years.
As many of you know, Stan Lee has been getting older and as such signing opportunities are getting more rare. And getting books signed that are eligible for CGC Signature Series Grading is becoming more difficult. The exact date and location of this signings will not be announced for security reasons. So we are simply authorized to announce accepting books early and will accept books up to the deadline, so submit early so you don’t get caught by surprise and miss the signing.”
Though this may come as unfortunate news to those who have yet to grace a book or poster with Lee’s autograph, there are a few events left to receive the opportunity. It just won’t be cheap. “The price to get a modern tier book signed and graded is $180. That price includes grading of a modern tier book, our witnessing and handling fee and Stan’s signing fee,” stated Desert Wind and Celestial Comics. “Non-graded comic books or raw items like posters and toys are priced beginning at $160 and depend on the size and value of the item.”
To clarify what public events are exempt from autograph signings, Jonathan Bolerjack, a former personnel for Lee’s previous manager Max Anderson, said:
To be very clear, Stan is 100% not doing any conventions / public signings. In the last few years his well-being had been compromised by people for monetary gain and that practice is over. His private signings had also been paused for a month while Stan’s life gets back to normal and time could be given to review signing deals made by previous people involved in Stan’s life.
As of this week Stan is signing a very small amount of items per week at his discretion, some for Desert Wind. This has proven frustrating for some as people are used to Stan signing hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of books a day, however my concern is for Stan’s health and wishes so he signs what he wants when he wants, which is as it always should be.”
There’s recorded evidence of the icon unable to spell his own name and public knowledge of his suffering elder abuse. His publicists and agents need to let the man rest. He’s done enough for the comic world and deserves the time to heal and relax even if his health is eventually back in order. The fans need to stand up for Stan The Man, especially when he needs us most.
Passing the question on to you, do you think Stan Lee should continue public autograph signings? Or do you think his fragile state warrants a cessation for events from now on? Let us know what you think in the comments section below or start a conversation on DFTG Facebook page. To stay up to date on gaming news as it happens, follow us on Twitter! Here’s some of our latest:
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