By Sherry Huang
February 24, 2015

When Stan Lee, 92, the co-creator of many Marvel Comics superheroes, learned that Jamel Hunter, an 8-year-old boy with autism, loved Spider-Man, he set out to give the ultimate gift: a framed (and signed) pencil sketch of Spidey himself.

The lucky boy, who lives in Harlem, New York, loves the web slinger so much that his mom threw a Spider-Man birthday party last November.

In a December 2014 article, The New York Times profiled the difficulties that Jamal's family faced, living in low-income housing projects while also trying to raise a son with special needs.

That profile caught the eye of Stan Lee's friend and neighbor, and she asked him for a Spider-Man drawing to send to Jamel. Even though Lee does not consider himself an artist (he worked on stories and dialogue), he was game to sketch a picture of the superhero with a word bubble that said, "Hi Jamel."

Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for She loves collecting children's picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea.


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