Stan Lee’s epic poem “God Woke” now an audio download benefiting Hero Initiative


Stan Lee Lends a Helping “Voice”

And donates his “God Woke” poem to benefit Hero Initiative as an iTunes download!

Comic legend Stan Lee, the co-creator of Spider-Man, Iron Man and many more comic book favorites, has finally made one of his greatest—yet most obscure—works available to a wide audience.

Stan has recorded his epic poem “God Woke,” and made it available as an iTunes download to benefit Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic creators in medical and financial need. The poem is available now on the iTunes store at the bargain price of 99¢.GodWoke_Migliari

God Woke has been performed live on stage only once, by Stan himself at Carnegie Hall in 1972. It is now accessible for the first time EVER as an audio download via iTunes, and also available on Google Play and Amazon.

“Sometimes you get a thought in your mind and it won’t let go” said Stan Lee. “I’ve had some notions about man’s relationship with God that kept spinning around my brain ’til I had to put them down on paper. That’s the reason for God Woke. Or, you might think of it as therapy for Stan.”

God Woke clocks in at a moving and massive 11 minutes. It’s available in two versions: Stan reciting the poem alone, or with Richard Wagner’s Rienzi Overture—one of Stan’s favorite classical pieces—as background music! Both are available at 99¢, with proceeds benefiting Hero Initiative.

“Stan mentioned God Woke to me one day, and I was amazed I had never heard if it,” said Hero Initiative President Jim McLauchlin. “Stan grabbed a copy off his shelf. I read it, and immediately fell in love with it. We’ve been looking for a way to bring this to a large audience for a while now, and the recording in Stan’s own voice is the best possible vehicle to do just that. We hope that people will take advantage of the bargain price point, and fall in love with it themselves, all the while helping Hero Initiative.

The God Woke audio download is distributed by Arch Enemy Entertainment in conjunction with Empire Distribution. Media City Sound provided recording services. All organizations have donated their services free of charge.

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit or call 626-676-6354.

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