Arts & Entertainment

Memories of Stan Lee

In 2017, one of my journalists recommended I experience Fan Expo in Dallas. So, I took his advice and found myself in the world of costumed superheroes, where I took pictures with Barry Bostwick (Brad Majors from The Rocky Horror Picture Show) and played with a $500 replica lightsaber! Now that was fun.

StanLee2 jpg

I was soon intrigued by a very long line of eager people— What were these people standing in line for?

Stan Lee Avengers

Then the crowd went wild: Stan Lee had appeared. Yes, the one and only Stan Lee, iconic comic book writer, co-creator of the likes of Spider–Man, The X-Men, Thor, The Avengers, and many others, and the massive force behind Marvel Comics.

Seeing Stan is thrilling. Getting his autograph is awesome. Meeting and talking with him— — well, that is something else entirely.

I decided to throw caution to the wind… I asked his manager if I could interview Stan. There was a long pause.

With Stan, the fans always came first. So, I agreed to wait until he was finished signing autographs. Two hours later, I interviewed the legendary Mr. Stan Lee!

StanLee Me
Stan Lee and Heidi Frankel

Stan was charismatic, with a smile that was friendly and inviting. He was open and willing to talk about his interests.

An active participant in both the comic book and filmmaking industries, he was always looking for his next adventure. In 2001 at age 79 years young, he co-created POW! Entertainment, Inc. Kind of apropos, don’t you think?

Stan told me one of his passions was to foster a love of reading in young kids. He did this through his multimedia company, Stan Lee’s Kid’s Universe, which publishes children’s books. One book, Reggie the Veggie, is about a vegetable-loving crocodile who encourages kids to eat a balanced diet.

Another project that was dear to his heart was Hands of Respect. He designed a pin that has a black hand and a white hand, locked in a friendly handshake, with the word RESPECT over the top. His goal was to encourage people to listen, learn, and respect all mankind; to bring unity and understanding to communities worldwide.

StanLee 5.2017When the interview ended, we talked a bit about my mom and her health. Stan and Mom were about the same age at the time.

Before he left to meet his waiting fans, he turned back to me and said, “Take care of your mom.”

He walked through the curtain to greet his fans, and the crowd went wild again.

That was Stan Lee: not just an entertainment mogul but also the creator of beloved characters who gave voice to the voiceless because he knew how to listen and understand.

Stan, fans everywhere will miss you… and so will I.

Farewell, Excelsior!

To learn more about Stan Lee visit:

Read about Stan’s Hands of Respect project:


Heidi Frankel

Heidi Frankel began her career in sales and marketing in Los Angeles. Upon moving to Dallas, she has worked in both television and radio as a creator, producer, writer, reporter, and co-host. Throughout the course of her career, she has interviewed such celebrities as former Dallas Cowboy Troy Aikman, pop-culture icon Stan Lee, astronauts Jim Lovell and Fred Hayes, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and former President George W. Bush when he was Texas Governor. Heidi lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband. They have one son. She enjoys gardening, exercise, spending time with her sweet cats, Virgil and Aeschylus.

Related Articles

Back to top button