The Marvel Universe that Stan helped architect gave this shy adolescent a fighting chance in a real world that terrified me beyond measure. Those stories and, most importantly, the characters & their friendships with one another empowered me to live a life outside the safety of my own mind. Realizing that we all have an awkward, uncool self that just needs a sense of belonging.. A team-up or two to battle for their voice of acceptance & love (And yes, nerdom) to be heard above the suffocating din of vanity, complacency & hatred. It’s a pool of strength that I return to again & again. Thank you, Stan. Excelsior!