erik lundegaard

A Practically Priceless Drawing of Captain America ... By Stan Lee

I met Stan Lee in 1975 when my father, a reporter for The Minneapolis Tribune, interviewed the co-creator of the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, etc., as he was traveling city-to-city for his book, Sons of Origins of Marvel Comics. My father knew nothing about comics—“Superman” would make him think George Bernard Shaw more than Siegel and Shuster—while my older brother Chris  and I were immersed, particularly me. So Dad invited us along for the second-half of the interview at a swanky, dark, downtown restaurant. I held the light for the photograph that went in the next day's newspaper. It was a beginning.

The great part? When the interview was over, Stan didn't turn off. I don't know if he has an “off.” He invited Chris and I over and brought us out. He took out a pen and drew us a cartoonish Captain America holding up a sign. He gave us nicknames in the Mighty Marvel Manner: Charismatic Chris and Erudite Erik. He may have been the nicest famous person I ever met.

Here's the drawing:

A drawing of Captain America by Stan Lee

Thirty-five years are often unkind, with people more than paper, but it's still a pretty cool collector's item for a non-collector like me. 'Nuff said?


Posted at 06:38 AM on Thu. Jul 21, 2011 in category Superheroes  
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COMMENTS

Uncle Vinny wrote:

“Erudite Erik”... very cool. I especially approve of his use of “Excelsior!”

Comment posted on Thu. Jul 21, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Tim wrote:

That is super cool. Way better than my goofy Batman scrawl signed by Adam West.

Comment posted on Thu. Jul 21, 2011 at 11:27 AM

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