Superheroes of art: Former Crestview artist encounters legendary Stan Lee


Inset: Former Crestview artist and Okaloosa County high school graduate E.J. Nieves meets legendary Marvel artist Stan Lee at last month's MegaCon in Orlando. Nieves has gained fame as the artist N.E.H.S., whose depictions of superheroes have become popular among patrons.

JAQAVIOUS GAINES | Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 04:31 AM.

CRESTVIEW — An art career that began with exhibits at the Crestview Public Library and the first CALA: Crestview Area Loves the Arts festival has blossomed for a former local artist.

As his art "experiments," as he calls them, turned toward superheroes, E.J. Nieves — gaining fame as N.E.H.S., short for No Eye Has Seen, from 1 Corinthians: 2:9 in the Bible — started displaying at large South Florida comic conventions.

While exhibiting canvasses at MegaCon last month in Orlando, Nieves was approached by Yuka Kobiyashi, Marvel Comics Chairman Stan Lee's assistant of 10 years, who expressed admiration for his work.

"She said, 'I want to introduce you to Stan. Bring me a set of prints for Stan. I want you to sign them for him, and bring a set for Stan to sign for you,'" Nieves said.

Life-changing encounter

The next day he was escorted past a line of V.I.P.s who paid $300 each for the privilege to meet the legendary creator of Marvel heroes including Spider-Man and The Avengers.

"He looks at my print and he smiles. It was amazing," Nieves said. "The only thing that came out of my mouth was, 'Thank you for what you brought to this world.'

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