Stan Lee’s Hollywood tribute enlists Kevin Smith, Mark Hamill and RZA

Stan Lee, the iconic creator and legend of Marvel Comics, puts his handprints and footprints in cement at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on July 18, 2017.
(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Hollywood will salute Marvel Comics luminary Stan Lee with a star-studded tribute fitted with the trappings of a red-carpet premiere.

The fan-centered “Excelsior! A Stan Lee Celebration” will be held at Hollywood’s iconic TCL Chinese Theatre on Jan. 30, organizers announced Wednesday, and it will feature a private tribute and a public appreciation of the Spider-Man co-creator, who died in November at age 95.


The celebration will be hosted by filmmaker Kevin Smith, who regards Lee as “the literary titan of comic books” and “our modern-day Mark Twain,” along with Lee’s Pow Entertainment, fan-owned entertainment company Legion M and production company Agents of Mayhem.

Attractions include fan-favorite speakers, an art exhibit celebrating Lee’s legacy by pop-culture artist Rob Prior, costumes and props from Lee’s numerous film and TV cameos, musical performances and a moment of remembrance centered on Lee’s hand and footprints at the theater.

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Smith, who has called himself Lee’s biggest fan, will host a private tribute inside the IMAX Theatre and will also moderate conversations with members of the entertainment industry, including Mark Hamill, “Deadpool” co-creator Rob Liefeld, “The Dark Knight” executive producer Michael Uslan, actor Vincent D’Onofrio, rapper RZA and “X-Men” and “Transformers” producer Tom DeSanto. The guests are expected to share their favorite memories and personal stories of Lee.

Video tributes and live performances of Lee’s favorite music and poetry will round out the evening.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday at 5 p.m. Pacific through the event’s website, with proceeds benefiting the Hero Initiative, a charity that supports struggling comic-book creators.


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