Star Wars hero Mark Hamill has been awarded the 2019 Comic-Con icon award. The 67 year old actor received it for playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise. He was honoured for being “instrumental in bringing comics and/or the popular arts to a wider audience”. He said: “This is just seems wildly excessive but it is very much appreciated. If it wasn’t for you, I certainly wouldn’t be standing here”.

Previous winners of the icon award include Marvel creator Stan Lee & Simpsons creator Matt Groening. Hamill’s award win, hadn’t been publicisedand. It appeared to be a surprise to the winner, came during a panel for Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance, which features his voice.

As Hamill spoke about his career, he’s still wowed how he was called back to reprise Luke Skywalker in the Disney set of Star Wars pics several decades later. “As a kid I wondered what the age limit would be when you’re suppose to stop liking comic books, the Three Stooges or Laurel and Hardy. My dad didn’t like any of those things!,” said Hamill.