Friday, November 21, 2008

Stan Lee Receives National Medal of Arts

Earlier in the week, Stan Lee was honored with the National Medal of Arts by President Bush.

The National Medal of Arts was created by Congress in 1984 to recognize artists and art patrons. It is the highest honor conferred individual artists in the United States and honorees are chosen by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The NEA was also established by Congress in 1965 and is the nation's largest non-profit funder of the arts.

"When I first got the phone call, I thought it was a gag," Lee said. "I’d heard of the NEA, but it was just a name."

Stan Lee is, of course, the creator of many of the most well-known superheroes in Comicdom and a legend within the comic book industry. He created, or co-created, many of the icons of today, including the X-Men, Daredevil, Captain America, Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, and too many more to even list. He recently signed with Disney to develop their superhero universe.

Also awarded was actress, Olivia de Havilland. Some select (former) recipients in pop-culture include Les Paul, Ron Howard, and Norman Lear.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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