During Disney’s D23 Expo this past weekend, The Walt Disney Company honoured the founding fathers of the Marvel Universe, Jack Kirby and Stan Lee as Disney Legends.
Kirby, also known as “the king”, was honoured for the comics and characters he created. His son, Neal, accepted his late father’s Disney Legends Award saying that Kirby “didn’t create super heroes or super humans. He created super people.”
Lee on the other hand was honoured for his accomplishments over his career and when accepting his Disney Legends award he said:
“I loved Walt Disney. He was more than a man, he was an inspiration. He was something to reach for, to be like him. To think that today I’m standing here in the house that Disney built, that paid tribute to Jack [Kirby] and all things Disney—it is so thrilling, I can’t tell you.”
Kirby and Lee joined nine other honourees of this year’s Legend Awards; Carrie Fisher, Clyde “Gerry” Geronimi, Manuel Gonzales, Mark Hamill, Garry Marshall, Julie Taymor, and Oprah Winfrey.
You can see Neal Kirby and Stan Lee accept their awards below.