Vouching For Stan Lee's Character – From Jim Halperin To George Perez To Tony Lee And More

Photoshopped Stan Lee Deadpool non-cameo.

Bleeding Cool has run details of the current lawsuit against Stan Lee by a glasses designer and ex-assistant to Lee, citing wrongful dismissal and emotional distress, but we've also run  the reaction to those in the comic book industry who have worked with him.

Well, there are plenty more to come.

Jim Halperin, Co-Chairman of Heritage Auctions, told Bleeding Cool, "I've spent about 100 hours with Stan Lee over the past 15 years and have never heard him curse, or say an unkind word to anyone. All of the Heritage's employees who have worked with him (cumulatively for vast amounts of time), adore him."

Writer/artist George Pérez told us "I first met Stan in 1975, when his secretary called me to say that Stan wanted to meet me after seeing my artwork on my first issue of Fantastic Four. He was everything I imagined him to be, funny, caring, and oh so polite. He even authorized my first raise. In the decades that have followed we've met many times and I've watched him interact with his fans and with his entourage more times than I can count, always with a smile, always with politeness, even on the days when age was noticeably catching up to him and he just needed to rest. Yet, he was always a genuine force of positive energy. Even when he's been called out on matters dealing with creator credits and acknowledgements, he's never been less than professional and amiable in his demeanour. I don't know the gentleman who has filed this suit: I don't even know Stan's wife or daughter, but, with all the alternate realities I've drawn in my career, I can't even imagine a reality where the Stan Lee described by the accuser could ever exist."

Will Meugniot added, "As someone who's worked with Stan on many occasions in many different capacities ranging from briefly ghosting the Spidey newspaper strip, producing the X-Men cartoon and even working on development directly with him. I can tell you this, no matter how badly we disagreed on anything, or how heated our discussions became, and no matter how high the stakes, Stan Lee was always a perfect gentleman to me."

Writer Tony Lee (no relation) tweeted, "Finally hearing about this Stan Lee lawsuit. What utter bobbins. Every time I've met him over the last ten years he's been lovely to me."

Writer and EIC of Lion Forge, Shannon Eric Denton wrote, "As someone who has also had the pleasure of working with Stan Leeover the years I'm going to back up what Neal Adams, Marv Wolfman, Scott Lobdell and Nick Barrucci have said here on Bleeding Cool (And I'm sure everyone else who knows Stan will do the same).

Colleague Dana Tafoya-Cameron added, "I too have worked with Stan in many different capacities. From a smitten PA to Head of Studio, he has always been a joy to work with."

And writer Onrie Kompan stated, "Stan wrote the foreword to my book without charging me any money. After that, he met with me on two separate occasions to take photos and never charged me a dime. He responds to every email I send him and is one of the kindest men I have ever met. Sounds like someone is trying to put their hand in the Man's pockets. I should also note that I met Stan's daughter at Comikaze 2013 and she is a very nice woman. I could never see her talking down to anyone."

It's looking pretty unanimous right now…

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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