It’s Stan Lee’s 89th birthday, and the co-creator of such Marvel icons like Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man and the Hulk is looking for something very specific this year — donations to the Hero Initiative.
“A gift to Hero is like a thank-you note to every comic book creator who ever brought you countless hours of fun, thrills and unforgettable reading enjoyment,” Lee said in a Hero Initiative press release. “It’s a great way to celebrate any birthday—especially my own!”
Donations can be made via ShiftMyGift.com, a website designed to do pretty much exactly what it looks like — allow users to redirect gifts to charities instead of themselves. The Hero Initiative is dedicated to helping comic book creators in need, specifically older veterans of the industry who need help with medical bills and other costs of living.
Oh, and one more thing: Happy birthday, Stan!