Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Origins of Marvel...Stan and Jack...and Joan?

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  A few days ago, Stan Lee's wife, Joan Lee passed away, she was in her 90s.

     It has always been stated by Stan in the past that when Marvel Comics were on the ropes in the late 50s, early 60s his wife Joan told him, "If you are going to quit comics anyway, start doing them the way you want to do them."

     That advice to Stan gave him the idea to go out with a bang, featuring  characterization, a connected universe and a lot of dynamic action, along with heroes with flaws.

     This new direction of Stan's, along with Jack Kirby's and Steve Ditko's (among others) unique artwork saved the company.  But who knows, it might just have started with Joan's simple suggestion to her husband, Stan.

     Take care and adopt a (Marvel) comic book today! 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Upon Reflection...Adam West!

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  After a month of thinking about it, I've got to say that Adam West was the saving bridge at DC Comics, between two points of cancellation.

     You see, after a decade of Batman fighting aliens and monsters in the 50s and early 60s, it was about to be cancelled.  Julie Schwartz brought the Caped Crusader back to being a detective, not a Global Guardian.  But I must admit it was a very bland and dull detective.

     But that all changed when Adam West made Batman a world wide icon.  Now that only lasted for a few years, but it was three years that attracted The Kinney Corp. to merge with Warner and buy DC Comics.  It was also three years that DC used to buyout Bob Kane and his tame approach.  It was three years that DC used to bring in a whole new staff of creative people to better Batman, laying the groundwork to where he is today.

     So maybe Adam West was Batman's life to today's dramatic Batman...who knows?  I think he was that important.

     Take care and adopt a (Adam West) comic book today!