Arts, Humanities Medals Awarded to Stan Lee

According to Washington Post Staff Writer, Joel Garreau, Spider-Man co-creator, Stan Lee was one of the recent honorees of the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal at the White House on Wed, Nov., 18.

"I wonder what took so long," said Lee, 85, in an interview Sunday. "Say 'He said it with a laugh' or I'll shoot you."

The award to artists and arts patrons is billed as the highest bestowed by the U.S. government. The humanities medal is considered the most prestigious in its field. President Bush presented the awards.

"I feel very honored, very surprised," Lee said. "When I first got the phone call, I thought it was a gag. I'd heard of it but didn't know much about it. I'd heard of the NEA. But it was just a name."