Comic-Con 2014: Stan Lee bows out of San Diego signings due to illness

July 24, 2014 | 4:46 p.m.

Fans hoping for a chance to meet Stan Lee at Comic-Con International in San Diego were disappointed to learn Thursday that the Marvel icon was forced to bow out of his scheduled appearances at the pop culture expo.

Stan Lee arrives at the premiere of Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World" at the El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Stan Lee at the Hollywood premiere of Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” at the El Capitan Theatre on Nov. 4, 2013. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The culprit? A case of laryngitis.

In a statement released Thursday, the first full day of Comic-Con 2014, a spokesman for Lee said, “Unfortunately, Stan Lee has lost his voice due to laryngitis and is unable to attend this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and has regrettably had to cancel his appearances. Stan is otherwise well and in good health, though he is disappointed to miss the event and wishes everyone a great time.”

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Lee, 91, had been set to attend the convention on Friday and Saturday.

Marvel enthusiasts will, however, be able to catch a glimpse of the iconic comic-book creator in  “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel’s new space adventure set for release Aug. 1, as Lee has a cameo in the film.

Directed by James Gunn, “Guardians” follows Chris Pratt’s sarcastic hero Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, as he forms an unlikely alliance with a band of interstellar ruffians — assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), vengeful Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), machine-gun wielding Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and sentient tree Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel).

Check back tomorrow for our detailed interview with Gunn about the project.

– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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