It was one of the great, mythic misfires of the Marvel Age of Comics. Looking for ways in which he could spread his wings and move from being just a comic book editor and writer, Marvel’s Stan Lee presided over a one-night-only event at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan on Wednesday, January 5th 1972. Reportedly, the whole thing was weirdly and half-assedly conceived; a combination of the casual lectures that Lee had been giving at Colleges and similar institutions concerning the Marvel books with performances and music and celebrities who were marvel fans and Marvel artists doing drawings. If nothing else, by every account, it was an experience, and a never-to-be-repeated moment in Marvel history. The thing wasn’t recorded by anyone so far as I’ve been able to work things out, but there were a number of accounts of that evening in the fan press (as well as a largely fictitious one given in Marvel’s own Bullpen Bulletins, which appears to have been written and sent to press before the show ever took place.)
One of the more comprehensive accounts as to what transpired all throughout the event saw print a few months later in the pages of Comic Fandom Monthly #6, a fanzine produced by Joe Brancatelli, whose Inside Comics column ran in several different places, notably in the Warren Magazines, and who was one of the first to really explore the behind-the-scenes goings-on in the industry. This piece saw print in February, 1972, so less than a month after the events described transpired.
Another piece, somewhat less favorable, ran in the pages of the Monster Times #3, a newspaper-style fanzine devoted to monster and science fiction films with a smattering of comic book coverage. It was dated March 1, 1972 (the Monster Times saw print every two weeks at that point.)