Stan "The Man" Lee is a legend to fans of comic books and superheroes, having been the creator or co-creator for most of Marvel's iconic characters; among them Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. His legendary status and artistic contributions have now been acknowledged by the National Endowment for the Arts and the President of the United States, since, as reported in the Los Angeles Times, Mr. Lee was honored as one of the nine recipients of the 2008 National Medal of the Arts.
Among the other recipients of the award are songwriting brothers Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman, who wrote scores for numerous Disney films, actress Olivia de Havilland, the Fisk Jubilee singers of Nashville, the Ford's Theatre Society, jazz musician Hank Jones, the Jose Limon Dance Foundation, granite sculptor Jesus Moroles and the Presser Foundation.
In addition to winning awards for past accomplishments and seeing his most famous creations be transformed into acclaimed live-action films, Lee is still hard at work creating superheroes. Lee's POW! Entertainment is involved with a new digital comic book Time Jumper, which is distributed through Disney. Additionally, Lee has just signed an agreement to bring Perry Moore's novel Hero to Showtime as a miniseries, and only two years ago Lee hosted the reality television show Who Wants to Be a Superhero?. At age 85, Stan Lee shows no signs of slowing down, and he is certainly worthy of the honors bestowed upon him.