Stan Lee, the co-creator of such fantastic Marvel Comics superheroes as Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, and The Avengers passed away today at age 95. He was involved with Marvel Comics, originally called Timely Comics, for decades as a writer, editor and publisher. His comics brought great joy to me in what was otherwise a very tumultuous childhood. They helped keep me sane by giving me a fantasy world to hide in when the real world became too much to bear.
I’ve collected and loved comic books for most of my 5 decades on Earth, and Stan Lee’s characters and style of writing them is the reason why. There would be no multi-billion dollar Marvel movies today if not for Stan Lee. His reinvention of the super hero genre in 1961, with the release of The Fantastic Four, injected a sense of realism into comics by placing the characters in the “real” world and giving them real world problems. Spider-Man worried about how to pay his rent and how to date girls and be a web-slinging super hero at the same time. The Fantastic Four fought and bickered with each other just like real families do. He made his characters relatable to me and millions of other readers across the world. He made comic books mainstream. And he made them fun.
I’ve met many comic book creators and writers during the years when I attended comic book conventions on a regular basis but never got to meet Stan. Even so, he’s been a part of my life for so long, I feel as if I know him, and today I feel that a dear personal friend has died. Thanks, Stan for bringing so much joy into my life, in many ways you helped save it. Rest well. You will be missed. Excelsior!
Everyone knows the lovable Jedi Master, Yoda, but few know of the many wives he’s had in his life. Here’s a list of them and Yoda’s comments about them.
“Married four times, I’ve been. Exhausted it has made me,” Yoda says.
Yoda’s First Wife and Sister To Evil Emperor Palpatine, Margaret Thatcher. “Too self-centered, she was,” Yoda says of her. “Used my toothbrush, she did. Apologize, she would not. So divorce, I did.”
Yoda’s Second Wife, Dianne Feinstein. “Smoked like a chimney, she did. Whole house she stunk up!” Says Yoda. “So papers I served her, and out she went!”
Yoda’s Third Wife, Nancy Pelosi. “Dogs she loved,” Yoda says of her, “but allergic I am. The dogs or me, I said, and the dogs she kept.”
Yoda’s Current Wife And Dark Lord Of The Sith, Ann Coulter. “Powerful, she is,” Yoda says of her. “Afraid of her, I am. Marry her I should have not, but prisoner I now am. Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope!”
Hi peeps. Aquaman here. I’ve come by to wish everyone a happy Valentine’s Day from under the deep, blue sea. I know what you’re all thinking, “Aquaman, what the f##k’s up with that long-ass beard and those shades?” Well, let me tell you. I grew this beard in order to attract these tiny crab-like crustaceans that my girlfriend, Mera, loves to eat. I give them to her as a Valentine’s Day gift practically every year. Here’s how it works. I simply lay back on the ocean floor and thousands of the little buggers crawl up into my beard. Then, because they often spit venom in your face when disturbed, I put on these sexy-ass shades to protect my eyes, stand up, and comb my beard out over a huge, empty snail-shell. Once the shell is filled with the critters, I smash the f##k out of them with my powerful trident, spread them onto some sandwich bread, and bring them to my love, Mera, to eat. She absolutely loves ’em! Well, I’m off to catch me some crustaceans. Have a great V-Day, y’all.
You know what really sucks? When you buy a new superhero suit and they forget to tell you it will shrink if you get it wet. I’m AQUAMAN! I live under water. Why in Neptune’s name would I want a suit that you can’t get wet? If they don’t give me my money back, I’m gonna toss me a damned hissy-fit to end all hissy-fits! Harrumph!