Stan Lee to Receive 2012 Producers Guild Vanguard Award

Stan Lee - Comic Con Portrait - P - 2011
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The Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk, Fantastic Four and Iron Man co-creator will be honored at the 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards Jan. 21 in L.A.

The Producers Guild of America announced Wednesday that it will honor comic book guru Stan Lee with the 2012 Vanguard Award. 

"I am extremely appreciative that the Producers Guild has chosen me for this distinguished award,”  Lee said in a statement. “I am eager to continue to expand comic book storytelling into the digital space and am honored to be awarded alongside such amazing visionaries."

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The legendary Marvel Enterprises, Inc. chairman emeritus, who is credited with helping to create the characters of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, The Avengers, Silver Surfer and Dr. Strange, among others, will receive his honor at the 23rd annual Producers Guild Awards, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in L.A. Sunday, Jan. 21.

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"Stan Lee’s creative vision and imagination has produced some of the most beloved and visually stunning characters and adventures in history," Producers Guild Awards co-chairs Paula Wagner and Michael Manheim said in a statement released to The Hollywood Reporter. “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 comic book industry fresh and exciting. Stan’s accomplishments truly encompass the spirit of the Vanguard Award and we are proud to honor him."

Previous honorees include 2011 recipients RealD's Michael V. Lewis and Joshua Greer, as well as George Lucas, John Lasseter and YouTube founders Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Will Wright

Lee received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame earlier this year, and was recently announced as the recipient of the Visual Effects Society's Lifetime Achievement Award