Joan Lee: The Mother of the Marvel Age

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   It’s a sad day for comics, my friends. Today Stan’s bride of 70 years, Joan Lee, passed away at the age of 93. “93?”, you may ask… “isn’t that a full and long life?” Sure it is. It’s a great run. I am reflecting on the gift that she gave all geeks, and that gift was being the impetus for bringing about the “Marvel Age” of comics.

   Stan was ready to leave his position at the company, then called “Atlas” I believe, and told his wife he had had enough. She told him to do one last story, and to tell it the way he saw fit. That cosmic nudge created a multiverse of characters, and brought a failing company back from the ashes. Not only did this ignite the creation of new heroes and titles, it also bolstered the whole industry. Even DC was feeling the pressure and some of their top characters were heading dangerously close to the chopping blocks.

   There is nothing better than competition and a great rivalry to bring a faltering industry back from the brink. We can point to Stan, or Jack, or anybody else and heap praise upon them… and we wouldn’t be wrong. BUT, if we drill down deeper we can find that Marvel Universe “Big Bang” moment in the simple words of encouragement of Joan Lee.

   Without Joan, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. The world of geekdom would probably look far different than it does now.

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   She was the Mother of the Marvel Age. She shall be missed.

   Thank you, Joan.

#Marvel in the 70’s

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Money to burn. 

   Nobody could market a company or themselves quite like Stan Lee. Say what you will about him, he’s still the face of comic books and will be even after he passes away.

So You Want An Epic Fantastic Four? We Got That!

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Check out John Byrne’s run on The Fantastic Four from the 80’s.

   If you really want a good cinematic version of the Fantastic Four, you have to do yourself a huge favor and pick up the entire John Byrne run on the book. It spans issues #232 – #295, from July 1981 – October 1986. This is a real treat and it cements Mr. Byrne’s legendary role as both an artist and writer of epic comics.

By the Eye of Agamotto! Strange Days, Indeed

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Obviously designed by a fan of the old Flash Gordon serials of the 1930's.
Obviously designed by a fan of the old Flash Gordon serials of the 1930’s.

   Dr. Strange was a 1978 TV film pilot based on the Marvel’s Dr. Stephen Strange, created by Steve Ditko. Directed by Philip DeGuere, authored by him as well, it was specifically written for television. It seems that the production suffered from being over conservative and under funded.  Stan Lee served as a consultant on the film, but that couldn’t save this proposed pilot for a series. In a day and age where VFX were not up to snuff (until one George Lucas pushed them beyond their limits), and removing the more “comic booky” elements from the property.  The show aired on 6 Sept, 1978 on CBS. That network also aired The Amazing Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk. Out of the three, only the Hulk proved to have any staying power.

   I remember staying up to watch Dr. Strange but it failed to hold my interest. I tried watching it again, and it failed to hold my interest. Some may still like it and there is nothing wrong with that. To each their own. It didn’t/doesn’t work for me. Having said this, I dig the character’s concept and a few executions of this concept really worked for me in the books. I think Ditko’s version was the best but I am biased 😉

   So now the new movie is going to be made with Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange. I cannot wait to see what crazy shit Marvel Studios has in store for us!

All-New, All-Different #Marvel Previews

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   Marvel is distributing these free of charge so head over to https://comicstore.marvel.com/All-New-All-Different-Marvel-Previews-1/digital-comic/39120 for your own copy. Or you can always just look at what I have posted here 🙂

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Rebuilding My Collection / Mid-life Regression?

   So here I am 45, as of the 3rd of May 2015, and I am just on the cusp of becoming gainfully employed again. It’s been a while since I had a regular job, but the contract stuff and selling online is just getting us by. Once I re-enter the 9-5 world, after 20 years, I plan on replacing/upgrading many things (car, appliances, computers) and rebuilding the collecting that had dwindled over the years. Presented here is what we have left, that isn’t up for sale. Some is my wife’s, others are mine, and some we’ve collected together. The best thing about collecting again is that, if needed, I can always flip my stuff for more than I paid and start over again.

   If you want to see what I would like to add to my collection, so far, then check out my collection list on eBay: My 45 Year Wish List! Misty’s will be building her list soon.

   Check out what we’ve sold on Etsy and Ebay in our Facebook page Gallery: There and Back Again 1977 ~ Albums

FAT MAN on #BATMAN with @TheRealStanLee : ‘NUFF SAID!

   Back in April of 2013 something great happened that I am just getting around to. Stan Lee being interview by Kevin Smith 🙂 This SModcast is one of many that I am enjoying.

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   I have to admit that I am a podcast rookie. Recently I started watching Kevin Smith’s AMC show, Comic Book Men on Netflix. This show was so fun and funny that my wife and I watched the first two seasons in one week. I watched them all a few time now. Walt, Bryan, Mike and Ming are very entertaining. If you haven’t seen this show then check it out, it is like a celebration of all things Nerdly in all of Geekdom. The show sparked my interest is some of Kevin’s other works and I’ve rewatched movies that I’ve seen before and ones that I’ve never heard of. This new interests in his work brought me, first, to Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash then on to SModcast. There are over half a dozen sites related to the “View Askewniverse“; when you have time check it all out.

   Anyhow… this interview with Stan “The Man” Lee is very awesome. I am a fan of Mr. Lee, I enjoy his positive attitude and professionalism. Nuff Said.


Excelsior!

Judge slaps down Stan Lee Media’s bid for Marvel characters

Judge slaps down Stan Lee Media’s bid for Marvel characters

   I find it interesting that “Stan Lee” Media no longer has anything to do with Stan Lee, yet they have been fighting tooth and nail for the intellectual properties that Stan helped to create. An the winner is… the lawyers.