You don’t have to like comics to know Stan Lee is a big deal. The writer helped create some of Marvel’s most famous heroes like Spider-Man and Captain America. Over the years, Lee has become a geek icon, and comic creators from all over still refer to him as one of their best. So, you can see why fans are hyped after learning Lee has seen artwork from One Punch Man’s illustrator.
Over on Reddit, a photo of one Yusuke Murata drawing has started circulating around the anime and comics fandoms. The artist, who is best-known for the One Punch Man manga, has tried his hand at Marvel before. Not only has Murata done artwork for Marvel Comics itself, but he created special theatrical posters for Spider-Man: Homecoming last year.
The viral photo, which can be seen below, shows one of Murata’s posters with a rather special signature on it. Lee penned a copy of Murata’s Spider-Man drawings featuring the wall-crawler and Iron Man. And, as you can guess, fans were pretty stoked about the crossover.
Of course, there is no telling whether Lee knew who inked this drawing. It seems a fan had the Marvel icon autograph the poster at an event, so it doesn’t look like Murata has this piece hanging in his home. However, Lee must have thought the poster was cool enough to sign. At the very least, fans know the superhero sage has seen Murata’s work.
If you want to check out some of Murata’s artwork for Marvel, all you have to do is follow him on Twitter. The artist tends to share doodles of guys like Tony Stark via social media, and Murata also did cover artwork for Spider-Man’s Japanese trades as they headed abroad.
For those unfamiliar with One Punch Man, the series follows Saitama, a regular working Joe who one day puts a stop to a violent villain attack. After this fight Saitama is inspired to become a hero. Training his body hard everyday, he's eventually granted with extreme strength. Looking for a worthy opponent, Saitama joins the Hero Association in the hopes of fighting them. But every fight he gets into ends after a single punch! Forced to wander through life increasingly bored of his supreme power, Saitama has become hilariously disconnected with the world of action around him.
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