Stan Lee, In Celebration…
Many of you have probably already heard the news that Stan Lee, an icon of the comics industry, has returned to his Source today. As a small boy I was entranced by Giant Man and the Wasp, the Invincible Iron-Man, Daredevil...the Man without Fear, the Mighty Avengers...and while I thought Batman the very coolest of the cool over there at DC, I myself was a Captain America fan through and through...and a Marvel devotee to the very bottom of my soul. I had any number of friends who’d have done anything to get bitten by a radioactive spider, or who wished their parents had passed along the “X gene” after cleaning up a hazardous waste site. I myself kept envisioning that I’d come across an out of the way antique or curio shop being oddly visited by an inordinate number of guys in dark suits, being tended at the counter by a pistol wielding female agent who was cleverly disguised as an old woman...that happened to be a front for a spy ring...which might in turn recruit me (being as I was skinny, ardent and pure of heart, duh!?!) to be experimented on, injected with a super soldier serum and summarily bombarded with Vita Rays transforming me into the next Captain America! I was certain it could happen...and why not? Stan and Roy, Jack and Steve and Sal and Jim and John Sr and Jr...these guys were laying down the lines and we were lapping it up.
Stan was still writing in those days in addition to some editing and publishing duties. I suspect that he was working his “butt off” as we used to say before stronger language was allowed. Why bring that up? Well, because under the microscope of the comics code, clergy of every denomination and innumerable other groups watching to make sure “Us Kids” didn’t get led down a perditious path, Stan and all of his co-creators were doing their level best to be creative, inventive and profitable. Not going hungry was very much a sentiment of the times in which he grew up and began his career...and going off color in the language department was certainly a way to come under scrutiny.
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