Comics, everybody is familiar with them in one form or another and when it comes to comics there is one name that almost everybody knows, Stan Lee. Best known for his writing skills, Stan has been associated with countless comics and superheroes for over 50 years.
Writer Michael Wilson was doing an article for the New York Times Neediest Cases Fund when he met Jamel, an autistic 8-year-old with a love of Spider-Man. Michael was there to write about the hardships that Jamel’s mother and family had encountered and how they were struggling through life. As a disabled mother of five, with Jamel being her youngest it was a struggle to make it day-to-day.
When Michael did the article he had no idea how far-reaching it would be or what would come of his article.
When Corky Hale, a veteran Jazz musician, read the story she felt a special connection and reached out to her neighbor with a request. That neighbor was Mr. Stan Lee. Mrs. Hale asked for a sketch of Spider-Man for the boy and, despite not being an artist himself, Mr. Lee gladly provided a sketch of the well-known webslinger.
Corky Hale then mailed the sketch to the reporter, at the New York Times, who then hand delivered the original sketch to young Jamel.
A tale of hardship became a story of surprises and a young man is now the proud owner of his very own original Spider-Man sketch.
Heartfelt kudos to everyone that did this on their own, without any prompts.