Memory. 1968. Eighth grade. An envelope arrives from Marvel Comics! In it, another envelope. A No-Prize! Bestowed by then editor-in-chief Stan Lee, who created the No-Prize as a running joke in Marvel Comics letter columns. I wrote a published letter deemed worthy of a No-Prize — and no prize I’ve won since compares.
“Congratulations,” it says. “This envelope contains a genuine Marvel Comics No-Prize which you have just won. Handle with Care.” I did, through the decades. That’s a pic I shot recently. The outer envelope (from 625 Madison Avenue, New York, 10022) has yellowed. The No-Prize itself… is mint.