Updated: November 13, 2018

Creation Entertainment Celebrates the Life of Stan Lee

Stan Lee

We are saddened to hear of the passing of the legendary comics creator Stan "The Man" Lee at age 95.

Our larger-than-life mentor attended many of our seminal comic book conventions in the early and mid-'70s and always delighted and energized our audiences, regaling us with grand stories of his exploits in the development of some of the most iconic characters from the comics ever.

We have fond memories of being first to the candy store where comic books were sold, grabbing big wired-up clumps of that week's comic book releases, breaking them open and reading the latest issues of Fantastic Four, X-Men, Nick Fury, Spider-Man, Thor, Captain America, and many more.

Along with patron saints Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Jim Steranko, John Romita, John Buscema and other members of the legendary Marvel bullpen, Stan crafted tales of awe and wonder that still see the light of day today in the wonderful Marvel films that echo his incredible stories and concepts.

We join our global Creation family and community in mourning the loss of Stan. Excelsior, forever!

Top 11 Incredible Things That Have Happened at Creation Events

Check out 11 of our most memorable moments from our conventions.

1 Gene Roddenberry and George Lucas

George Lucas met Gene Roddenberry for the first and only time at Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Wars Convention.

2 Star Wars Convention

George Lucas announced he would be doing three more movies, the first time around, at our Official Star Wars Convention.

3 Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles

Creation has presented 100 Supernatural Conventions as of the end of October 2018, and the vast percentage have featured the two leading stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki.

4 Gene Roddenberry

Creation presented the entire original Star Trek cast, along with Gene Roddenberry, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The audience responded with a huge reception, particularly for Gene, who was in a wheelchair at the time. It was an honor to see him be received in this way, and he was moved by the emotion.

5 CE Vintage Cover

In 1971, Creation’s owners were only 14-years-old when they got the idea of running their own comic convention in NYC on Thanksgiving Weekend. The Hotel New Yorker is still standing and so are Creation’s founders, though we think they are in better shape than the hotel. At that time, room rates for the hotel were $17 a night, and admission was $1.50 a day -- and there were attendees complaining about the price.

6 Action Comics 1

In the early 1970’s, Creation tried to auction off an Action #1 comic book in great condition with a $3,000 minimum bid -- and received no bids. Recently, a copy sold for over $3 million.

7 Arnold as the Terminator

At the top of his movie-star fame, Arnold Schwarzenegger came dressed as the Terminator for our Official Terminator Convention and helped judge the costume contest.  The late special effects genius, Stan Winston, was a fun contestant and Arnold stayed in character. It was an awesome experience.

8 Muppet Show

For the first and only Official Muppet Convention at an L.A. theatre, Creation presented what we believe to be the first, or one of the first, live staged version of The Muppet Show with the iconic cast.  Along with that night-time event, fans got to visit Henson studios, formerly owned by Charlie Chaplin, which is why Kermit’s statue is imitating Chaplin’s famous pose at the entrance.

9 Jack Nicholson

We received a call that Jack Nicholson would come to one of our horror shows to promote his upcoming film, Wolf. He had two rules: We couldn’t raise prices and that he would only stay half hour. He came impeccably dressed and puy an alarm clock in front of him.  But the questions were so interesting and different from what he would normally get as it covered his early career, he stayed well over his allotted time.

10 Quinton Tarantino

Before he became the acclaimed Oscar-winning writer/director, Quentin Tarantino, was “the kid from the video store" who would often attend our conventions and haunt the first row. He’d mostly ask questions to all of the production staff (producers, directors, writers, SFX, etc.) and generally ignored the actors. Tarantino would reference those days when he came back as a celebrity panelist while promoting From Dusk 'Til Dawn.

11Lucy Lawless

When one of our favorite guests of all-time, Xena herself, Lucy Lawless, decided to give singing a whirl, she graciously let us promote her concerts, including a sell-out crowd at the famous Hollywood club The Roxy. There were other venues as well throughout the U.S. and even one in London. It was in our office that we came up with a publicity headline that received world-wide press: “Xena Puts Down Her Sword and Picks Up a Microphone.”  Sometimes one sentence can move mountains.