Stan Lee received the National Medal of Arts on Wednesday, adding him to an illustrious roster of artists who serve “as custodians of our history, patrons of our culture, and authors of America’s artistic legacy.” The actual proclamation deserves to be read:
The 2008 National Medal of Arts to Stan Lee, for his groundbreaking work as one of America’s most prolific storytellers, recreating the American comic book. His complex plots and humane super heroes celebrate courage, honesty, and the importance of helping the less fortunate, reflecting America’s inherent goodness.
In other Stan news, the living legend will be the guest of honor on March 14 at Wizard World Los Angeles, at which time he will be inducted into the Wizard Hall of Fame as part of a benefit for the Hero Initiative. The Hero Initiative, for those who don’t know, is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need: “Because everyone deserves a golden age.”