Stan Lee, the creator behind majority of well-known superheroes today made a Spider-Man loving boy with autism happy. Not quite known for his artistic skills as opposed to his writing skills, Stan devoted his time to completing a sketch of Spider-Man for the boy, who just celebrated his 8th birthday.
CNN reported that a December article of New York Times was the main reason why Lee end up using his artistic skills to make Spider-Man come alive on paper. The article published a touching story of a struggling mom doing everything she could to make her child with autism happy.
According to New York Times, Jamel Hunter, a child with autism did not say a word until he reached preschool. The article also detailed how much of a hardcore Spider-Man 8-year old Jamel is. This is why on his birthday, which was celebrated at a community centre located at East Harlem, his mother, albeit struggling financially, did everything to make the party as enjoyable as possible. The place was adorned with Spider-Man images as a result.
The article caught the attention of Lee’s neighbour and jazz musician, Corky Hale. Hale was so touched reading the story of the mom’s efforts that he brought it to the attention of Lee. Upon hearing the story, it was quick for Lee to make something special for the kid. He told CNN it was impossible not to do anything after hearing the boy’s situation. Even though he is not an artist and Spider-Man was drawn by Steve Ditko, he was able to sketch it well. New York Times writer Michael Wilson made the delivery of the drawing to Jamel possible, which has a signature affixed on the corner.
Lee’s unexpected gesture of sweetness caught the attention of many. Even though Jamel’s mom still has to comment on the gesture herself and respond to CNN’s invitation for a comment, Lee was quickly lauded and praised through social media. Many tweeted that the gesture was sweet and sporty.
Lee also shared that he understands why Spider-Man is adored. "(Spider-Man) is a teenager, not an adult so (young people) can relate to him," Lee explained. "He has many of the problems they themselves have, such as not enough money,” he added.
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