Stan Lee received his well-earned star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday a week after his 88th birthday. Lee, the co-creator of Spider-Man, The Hulk, and other classic Marvel comic book characters received the 2,428th star on the Hollywood landmark.

"I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being here," Lee said, accepting his star, "and the main reason is: if you weren't here, I'd feel like an absolute idiot making a speech to nobody!" On a more serious note, the living legend ended his speech telling the crowd that he loved them all, giving a rousing rendition of his famous "Excelsior!" to cheers from the large crowd.

Leron Gubler from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, who referred to Lee as “a superhero of the comic book industry,” began the ceremony by listing Lee’s many accomplishments and his impact:

“Without question, Stan “The Man” Lee has exerted more influence over the comic book industry than any other person in history.”

Gil Champion, president of Lee’s Pow! Entertainment, also acknowledged his friend and business partner as one of the hardest-working people in show business, who “works tirelessly 10 hours a day, 7 days a week, creating another world of new characters for a new generation of adoring fans."

And comics great Todd McFarlane had words of praise for the co-creator of Spider-Man:

“It’s my pleasure, after the thousands of characters you created -- thousands of stars you’ve given us -- to give one of those stars back to you.”


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