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Excelsior! Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee appears in Tampa

Comic book writer Stan Lee, center, looks on as movie director and actor Kevin Smith, left, and an unidentified auctioneer attempt to auction a skateboard deck during MegaCon Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 in Tampa. The event continues at the Tampa Convention Center through Sunday.
Published Sep. 30, 2017

TAMPA — In what could be his final appearance in Florida, Marvel legend Stan Lee appeared at MegaCon Tampa Bay at the Tampa Convention Center to raise funds for Hurricane Irma relief.

The 94-year-old Marvel Comics chairman emeritus and co-creator of iconic characters such as Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man and the X-Men among many others has mostly retired from the convention circuit. But he decided to visit MegaCon Tampa Bay for a special charity auction.

"I just want to say if there is anything I can do to help, that's the main thing; I want to be there," Lee, 94, said in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times last week.

Lee took part in a panel discussion on Friday where several packages were auctioned, including dinner with Lee and artwork from his personal collection. He also signed autographs.

The convention runs through Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center. Other guests include William Shatner and actors from the Netflix series Stranger Things.

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