Stan Lee isn't just the creator of Spider-Man, The Hulk, X-Men and many, many others. He's also a stand-up guy who knows a spider-fan in need of a smile when he sees one. And he's surely put a smile on an autistic boy's face.
As we all know, the New York Times is a newspaper. But in addition to its newspaper business, it also has a not-for-profit fund, The Neediest Cases Fund. And during the holiday season, the New York Times publishes a column where a needy person or family discuss their lives and their financial struggles. It's a chance to personalize the face of poverty and persuade the more fortunate to give to the less.
According to the New York Times, singer/musician Corky Hale read one particular case, about Jamel Hunter, an 8-year-old autistic boy with a handicapped mother. In the article, the mother threw Jamel a Spider-Man-themed birthday party. That caught her attention, because her neighbor is Spider-creator Lee.
Not long after Hale showed Lee the column, Lee sent his own version of Spider-Man to the New York Times to give to the boy. After the column writer, Michael Wilson, confirmed that, yes, the artist was indeed Stan Lee, Wilson forwarded the picture to Jamel.
Now Jamel has something very few other boys have: a hand-drawn picture of Spidey, drawn by Lee.
Awesome job, Stan. We expect nothing less from Spider-Man's dad.