Although not a fan of comics we had a chance and come to know Stan Lee back in 1999.Â At the time he had his own company, Stan Lee Media (SLEE), and was working to create totally new concepts of animation and stories that bridged the print comics and online world.Â (Despite the success of Spiderman and many of his famous characters the licenses and earnings accrue mostly to the big companies that own them now; not Stan.)
Stan was in his late 70’s then. (Said to be 84 now.)Â He has the creative energy and finesse to do things legions of younger and harder working experts struggle to achieve.Â He seems to effortlessly create characters and tell stories that delight and excite you.Â It just springs from him like a natural force.Â
Finally one of the majors (Disney) has announced that they have signed Stan up to a deal for the right of first refusal on any new IP he creates.Â Hopefully they are also providing some R&D funding so he can just keep doing what he does best and stop worrying about companies, investors and money.
For the record SLEE had a great run, up from about $8 to $24 with the great bubble of the 90’s despite limited revenue and losses.Â Of course the stock went to zero after the bubble burst.Â But through it all Stan survives and get’s another chance to thrill us with his genius.Â Â Those folks at Disney know something about entertainment.