Stan Lee was a guest at this year’s Dragon Con in Atlanta and when he was riding in a parade with one of Spider-Man’s girlfriends on each arm, he was doing something special for one young true believer.
Summer Hughes, an elementary school counselor and fan of superheroes, shared a touching story on Facebook involving one shy boy, a drawing of Spider-Man, and Stan “The Man” Lee.
Hughes says that her usually bashful student opened up to her about his love of superheroes. Her student is also an artist, and so she asked him to draw his favorite superhero. He drew a picture of Spider-Man holding Captain America’s shield, like in Captain America: Civil War. Hughes took the drawing without telling him her plan, which was to bring the art to Stan Lee at Dragon Con and give it to him as a gift.
The plan went better than she could have imagined. Here’s how Hughes tells it:
"Flash forward to Saturday.... Knowing Stan Lee was there and signing autographs, knowing the line was going to be very long, and that I wasn't there to buy anything, I figured they wouldn't let me go up (since I wasn't a paying customer).
My plan became to find a kind soul in line, willing to take my tiny, folded piece of paper and leave it with Stan.
So Alleea and I made our way through the massive line getting into the building, and then to his area.
By some mad stroke of luck, there was no one in line. Probably because he wasn't scheduled for another hour. But there he was. Sitting at that table.
We walked up to the attendant, explained we weren't there to buy an autograph, but to give him a gift, and were told, "Sure! Go ahead. Just put your cameras away."
I told him who I was, that I had a gift drawn by one of my students. "He's a huge fan and I just want to go home and tell him that you own a piece of his art."
Before my frazzled brain knew what was happening I was hearing his assistant say, "take out your phone."
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I cried all the way back down the stairs and up the street."
This is definitely a day that this young student, and possible future Spider-Man artist, won’t forget.