Stan Lee founder and co-creator of a majority of the Marvel characters passed away on November 12, 2018.
Jon and I wanted to celebrate his life and legacy in this week’s podcast.
We go over his humble beginnings, why he changed his name from Stanley Martin Lieber to just Stan Lee, his military years, the artists he worked with and the characters he created, his philosophy on how to create comics and why he wanted to humanize his heroes, quick discussion on one of Stan’s favorite stories “The Galactus Trilogy” and his personal philosophy on how to treat others and why comics are a powerful medium.
We cover all this and more and we have a blast doing it.
In last week’s podcast, I mentioned that I met Tom King at the Fax Expo Boston and he saw me carrying a copy of John Byrne’s 2112 graphic novel. King asked if he could look at it and I began to tell him the history of how this book was made. I did not get to meet John Byrne but it gave me an idea.
This was the impetus for this week’s podcast. Jon has never read the graphic novel 2112 and I always like covering old comics so I thought we will do a review of it…
Here is the cover. Pretty cool, right? It has dinosaurs there and tall futuristic towers in the back. I know what you are thinking…”Dinosaurs are from the past! How did they get into the future?!” Well, we will find out together. Also, there is the image of a masked man. Who is this mystery man? Well, that would be…
Sathanus! The main antagonist in our story. You knew he was going to be a bad guy. How many guys in masks with red eyes turn out to be humanitarians? His mutant power…er, I mean – Halfling power (not mutant) is that he sucks the life out of people like a vampire. He was born to be the bad guy and he has ‘anus’ in his name so that makes him an a-hole.
Here is an image of Sathanus…uh, sucking. Pretty brutal. But who will be brave enough to take down this heel? Why that would be…
Agent Red – our main hero. This scene is early on in the comic and as you can see here is a tough and stoic man. Jon mentions in the podcast that Agent Red reminds him of Judge Dredd and that is an apt description.
Jon and I go over the graphic novel and let you know if this is something to be on the look out for next time you are at your local comic shop or flea market.
Back in 1986, Marvel was celebrating 25 years of comics. Jim Shooter (Editor In Chief at Marvel) decided he wanted to do something special to commemorate Marvel comics so he and a few other writers and artist put their heads together and created the Marvel New Universe.
The New Universe would be different than the existing one. It would be even more realistic. Actions would have consequences and it would not rely on Myth, hidden alien races and supertechnology to tell a story.
One of the launch titles in the NU would be D. P. 7 which stands for Displaced Paranormals 7
(From left to right: DP7 premier issue, the great Wampus cover of issue 4, the final issue of a 32 issue miniseries – hilarious and the cover to the trade)
DP7 was written by Mark Gruenwald with art by Paul Ryan. Since this universe cannot have mutants, they would get paranormals – a small group of the population would receive powers thanks a world event called The White Event.
I read some of the original DP7 comics back in the day but Jon has never seen them. I picked up the Trade Paper Back called DP7 Classic which collected the first 9 issues and thought it would be a great, goofy ride of nostalgia and I was right.
It’s July and the start of big blockbuster movie season. This year, Marvel and Disney release Spider-Man: Homecoming which welcomes Peter Parker into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Jon and I were determined to see this movie come Hell or high water! We had several road blocks which we describe in the podcast but we finally were able to see it and boy, did we like it!
We do a breakdown of the movie: Tom Holland’s performance, his high school co-stars and the motivation of the villain, Vulture. We also share some Easter Eggs from the movie. Very few spoilers in this podcast.
Once of the things we both agree on, The Scorpion from the Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Amazing Spider-Man comic run did not look like a scorpion…
I say he looks kind of like a green squirrel man. It was just an odd costume design.
Listen to the podcast to find out why we even begin to talk about the Scorpio.