A Tribute To Stan Lee

Stanely Martin Lieber
aka Stan “The Man” Lee
December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018

Stanley Lieber wanted to write the great American novel. Finding a writing job in the meantime wasn’t easy and what he could find was working for Timely Comics. Not wanting the “stigma” of comics at the time to negatively impact his goal as an author, Leiber took the pen name that would soon make him known around the world for those very comics, becoming the ambassador of Timely’s rebranding as Marvel Comics. It would bring him more fame and fans than he ever thought possible. He created a number of cultural icons and many of those creations would go on past comics into television (both live-action and animated), movies, video games, and not just in the United States. And they would know him as Stan Lee.

Yesterday came the news that Stan Lee passed away. I wonder if one of the people writing his obituary, one of the writing jobs he used to have, will be the next celebrity?

We don’t have an exact cause of death, but Lee really had some rough last few years. His wife, the one who kept him in comics, passed away. He created a media company that was taken from him and tried to sue for control of his name and creations. Recently he dealt with elder abuse as his manager tried to use him. It’s terrible that anyone would take someone so important to a medium and use and hurt him like this because they don’t care about comics. Heck, this crap shouldn’t happen to anyone. I would be remiss not to scold these scumbags.

Now that we have that out of the way let us not dwell on the negatives. Let’s look at the positives and see just what Stan Lee brought us.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Thunderbolts #27

Learns he doesn’t get free fastpasses to Disneyland.

Thunderbolts #27

Marvel Comics (June, 1999)

“Flight Plans”

WRITER: Kurt Busiek

PENCILER: Mark Bagley

INKER: Scott Hanna

COLORIST: Joe Rosas

LETTERING: Comicraft

EDITOR: Tom Brevoort

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BW;s Art Soundoff 2018 #8: Writing Articles

 

Chapter By Chapter: Tom Clancy’s Op-Center chapters 1-4

Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.

Four chapters may seem like a lot until you see the chapter to page breakdown, which I will hopefully remember to put into each article of this book’s review. This week we have:

  • Chapter 1/Tuesday, 4:10 PM, Seoul: eight pages
  • Chapter 2/Tuesday, 5:30 PM: three pages
  • Chapter 3/Tuesday, 3:50 AM/Chevy Chase, MD: four pages
  • Chapter 4/Tuesday, 5:55 PM/back to Seoul: three pages

And even then the last page isn’t always a full page. In fact in this quartet none of them are. The first chapter barely makes it, the second is only half a page, and the last two maybe a quarter of the last page has text on it. I don’t understand why Clancy or Rovin or whomever is the actual writer did this. These are just scene changes, but are they proper breaks? That’s one of the questions I’ll be keeping in mind as we review this book. So let’s get started!

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Veteran’s Day Tributes: Homecomings

We oddly don’t have a day to honor those currently serving in combat or supporting them at the base. We also don’t have a day to honor the families of those who miss or have outright lost loved ones. On the plus side we do honor those who have fallen on Memorial Day and honor those who came home on Veteran’s Day. While getting things ready I almost forgot to post some kind of Veteran’s Day tribute. So here’s a video from America’s Funniest Home Videos compiling home videos of soldiers surprising loved ones by coming home. And being on video.

I have veterans in my family and among my friends, some who fought in war and others who stayed on bases or worked on the fighting man’s equipment so they could actually fight. Thank you to every man and woman who has served the US military and risked everything to protect the freedoms of the rest of us so we wouldn’t have to. We live in a free part of the world every day because of you.

“Yesterday’s” Comic> Superman Forever

I own a lenticular cover. It’s just a black cover with a lenticular piece glued on it, but it still won’t scan well. It has Clark changing into Superman (the cover here is the second image) and flying off.

Superman Forever

DC Comics (June, 1998)

WRITERS: Louise Simonson (script only) Dan Jurgens, Karl Kesel, Stuart Immonen, & Jon Bogdanove

PENCILERS: Dan Jurgens, Tom Grummett, Val Semeiks, John Byrne, Kieron Dwyer, Norm Breyfogle, Stuart Immonen, Anthony Williams, Dick Giordano, Scot Eaton, Jon Bogdanove, Steve Yeowell, & Paul Ryan

INKERS: Brett Breeding, Denis Radier, Klaus Janson, Hilary Barta, Joe Rubinstein, José Marzan, Jr., Dick Giordano, & Dennis Janke

SPECIAL THANKS: Bob McLeod

COLORIST: Glenn Whitmore

SEPARATIONS: Digital Cameleon

COVER ART: Alex Ross

LETTERER: Albert DeGuzman

ASSISTANT EDITOR: Maureen McTigue

EDITOR: Joey Cavalieri

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BW’s Art Soundoff 2018 #7: The History Of BW