Lou Ferrigno pays tribute to ‘second father’ Stan Lee

Lou Ferrigno pays tribute to ‘second father’ Stan Lee

the original TV Hulk Lou Ferrigno has poured out his heart following the death of his “mentor” Stan Lee, calling the comic book king a “second father”.
Lee created The Hulk for Marvel Comics and Ferrigno became the first actor to play Dr. David Banner’s mean, green alter-ego in TV series The Incredible Hulk, which ran from 1978 to 1982.
The actor and bodybuilder heard about Lee’s death onboard a Trans-Atlantic flight and posted a video tribute, obtained by WENN, upon landing.
“It makes me very emotional because he was like a second father to me,” Lou says. “e was a great mentor and I enjoyed him. He brought a lot of happiness to me in my life.
“He was a great friend and he’ll be missed. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be where I am today, so God bless Stan, I love you.”
The Marvel Universe offered up tributes to the legend on Monday (12Nov18) after hearing of Lee’s death at the age of 95 – Iron Man Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman were among the first stars to pay their respects via social media, while Marvel boss Kevin Feige explained he felt sure Lee would live forever.
And comic book superfan Kevin Smith has posted a lengthy tribute online, calling Lee “our benevolent leader and king”.
He wrote: “You were the first creator whose voice I knew before I’d ever actually heard it. You dreamed up some of my favorite modern myths and created characters that instilled in me a moral barometer, teaching me right from wrong and showing me it’s always better to be a hero instead of a villain.
“Your characters represented us: yes, they had extraordinary, unbelievable abilities, but they were also reflections of a world we knew, where a Spider-Man is really just a boy who wants to help.”
He adds, “When you did (movie) Mallrats with us, you not only made a lifelong fan’s dream come true, you also lent me comic book credibility that I still get to spend today… you were always there for me with a smile.
“Thank you, Stan, for making me not only the boy I was but also the man I am today… You were not just the literary titan of comic books, you were our modern day Mark Twain. I will miss you all my days, my friend and hero.”

by WENN

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