Stan Lee is missing in action at Comic-Con.
A spokesman for the 91-year-old co-creator of superheroes such as The Avengers, X-Men and Spider-Man says Lee lost his voice because of laryngitis. He added that Lee is otherwise in good health and is disappointed he’s missing the celebration.
The former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief has been a constant presence at San Diego Comic-Con since the convention launched in the 1970s.
Lee had been scheduled to appear Friday and today to sign autographs and unveil the latest installment of his Stan Lee’s Kids Universe multimedia project.
Comic-Con is a four-day festival celebrating film, TV, video games, comic books, costumes and other popular arts.
Howards sell estate for $27.5 million
Now that they’re empty-nesters, Ron Howard and his wife have sold their nest straddling the New York and Connecticut state line for $27.5 million.
Howard and his wife, Cheryl, bought the Conyers Farm estate in Greenwich, Connecticut, and Armonk, New York, in 1991 and spent years constructing the house and outbuildings.
The main house is more than 17,000 square feet and has six bedrooms, a swimming pool and a home theater. There’s a 2,500-square-foot guest house, a “sports barn” with a tennis court and actual barns for horses.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the sale closed Thursday. The buyer has not been identified.
Burglar, meet wrestling champion
A former WWE champion known as Daniel Bryan chased two burglary suspects he saw exiting his Phoenix home this week and subdued one until officers arrived, investigators said.
According to police, Bryan Danielson and his wife, Brianna, drove into the carport of their Arcadia home and saw a door to the house start to open. That’s when Danielson and his wife, a fellow former WWE star known as Brie Bella, ran inside to check on their dog, Josie.
“I saw the guys running out the back. I chased them. I caught one of them. I kept him until police got there,” Danielson said.
Danielson and Cesar Sosa, 22, got into a struggle, but the former champ subdued him until officers arrived, Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said. The second suspect got away.
The former champ said he didn’t have to apply the “Yes! lock” – his signature move – to get Sosa to surrender, but he did put him in a rear naked choke hold.
“I got really angry at first,” Danielson said. “They’re actually lucky that I got them instead of Brie, because she probably would have been a little more violent.”
The birthday bunch
Actress Marjorie Lord is 96. Actress-singer Darlene Love is 73. Rock star Mick Jagger is 71. Actress Helen Mirren is 69. Rock musician Roger Taylor (Queen) is 65. Olympic gold medal figure skater Dorothy Hamill is 58. Actor Kevin Spacey is 55. Actress Sandra Bullock is 50. Actor Jeremy Piven is 49. Actress Kate Beckinsale is 41.