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Stan Lee's devoted fans can mourn him at Hollywood memorial

Stan Lee's devoted fans can mourn him at Hollywood memorial

January 10th, 2019 by Associated Press in News

This April 16, 2002 file photo shows Stan Lee, creator of comic-book franchises such as "Spider-Man," "The Incredible Hulk" and "X-Men," posing near a Spider-Man figure in his Santa Monica, Calif., office. Friends, fans and family of Stan Lee will gather in Hollywood on Jan. 30 for a memorial honoring the life and work of late Marvel Comics mogul. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stan Lee's devoted fans will have a chance to mourn him alongside his friends, family and co-creators at a memorial Jan. 30 in Hollywood, organizers announced Wednesday.

Lee's company POW! Entertainment announced it will honor the Marvel Comics mogul outside the TCL Chinese Theatre, where Lee's hand and footprints are in cement.

The memorial's organizers include filmmaker and Lee super-fan Kevin Smith, who will moderate a discussion of Lee's life and work that's set to include actors Mark Hamill and Vincent D'Onofrio and Wu Tang Clan member RZA.

Smith, in a statement, called Lee "the literary titan of comic books" and "our modern-day Mark Twain."

The evening will include speakers, musical performances, an art exhibit, and costumes and props from Lee's creations and Marvel-movie cameos. Tickets for the public went on sale Wednesday evening, with proceeds going to the Hero Initiative, a charity that supports struggling comic-book creators.

"Stan was a unique and unforgettable human being," Gill Champion, Lee's founding partner at POW!, said in a statement announcing the memorial. "He loved coming to work and creating new ideas and stories and in spite of his genius he was a relatable and kind man."

The remembrance will be produced by fan-owned entertainment company Legion M, and production and consulting company Agents of Mayhem.

A private memorial is planned inside the venue immediately after.

Lee, whose co-creations include Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and Black Panther, died Nov. 12 at age 95. He was laid to rest the same week in a small, private funeral.