Stan Lee will receive the Producers Guild of America’s Vanguard Award.
Kudo will be presented to Lee at the 23rd annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 21 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The PGA, in its announcement Wednesday, noted that Lee’s co-creations include Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, the Avengers, Silver Surfer and Dr. Strange.
“Stan Lee’s creative vision and imagination has produced some of the most beloved and visually stunning characters and adventures in history,” said Producers Guild Awards co-chairs Paula Wagner and Michael Manheim. “He not only has created content that will forever be in our culture but continues to make strides in the digital and new-media realms, keeping the comicbook industry fresh and exciting. Stan’s accomplishments truly encompass the spirit of the Vanguard Award, and we are proud to honor him.”
The Vanguard Award is aimed at recognizing achievements in new media and technology. Previous recipients include George Lucas; John Lasseter; YouTube founders Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Will Wright; and the 2011 recipients Michael V. Lewis and Joshua Greer of RealD.
Lee became publisher of Marvel Comics in 1972 and is presently chairman emeritus of Marvel Enterprises and a member of the editorial board of Marvel Comics. In 1977, he introduced Spider-Man as a syndicated newspaper strip; four years later, he superved animated series based on “X-Men,” “Spider-Man” and “The Hulk.”
Lee has also exec produced feature films including the “Spider-Man” franchise, the “X-Men” franchise, “Thor,” “Captain America” and the “Iron Man” franchise.
In 2001, Lee co-founded POW Entertainment, of which he is chairman and chief creative officer.