A 12 y/o boy sent Stan Lee a letter and his reply has got people filling up
Everyone’s been paying tribute to Stan Lee, the comicbook writer and co-creator of superheroes including Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Daredevil and the X-Men, who has died aged 95.
Like Hugh Jackman …
We’ve lost a creative genius. Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe. I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and …. to have helped bring one of his characters to life. #StanLee #Wolverine pic.twitter.com/iOdefi7iYz
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) November 12, 2018
… and Robert Downey Jr.
But this one in particular caught people’s imagination and it’s not from anyone you’ve heard of. Well, not until now.
Until high school, what I most wanted to do when I grew up was draw for Marvel comics. When i was 12 my mom wrote Stan Lee asking if he'd send me a note to encourage me. This is the letter I received. I'm not much on sentimentality, but this always meant a lot to me pic.twitter.com/X1XUb6RaGz
— Gabriel Ratliff (@gabrielratliff) November 13, 2018
People love what he said and that he took the time to say it.
It’s nice to hear that you’re interested in becoming a comicbook artist, but I suggest that you study every phase of illustration instead of just concentrating on the fight scenes and the typical comicbooky stuff.
Almost all the top artists in comics today have a very solid foundation in layout, composition, anatomy, still life, etc, in other words in every aspect of illustration rather than just doing comicbook-type scenes.
The better an illustrator you are, the better a comic book artist you will eventually be.
Good luck to you Gabe. You’re already very lucky in one respect – you seem to have a mother who really cares.
This has actually made me well up.
— Federica Leonardis (@MissLeonardis) November 13, 2018
It's a hell of a letter.
— simon evans (@TheSimonEvans) November 13, 2018
That is such a thoughtful and considered and personal response! Wonderful.
— Krista O'Reilly (@krista_oreilly) November 13, 2018