Stan Lee: A Tribute

A 70 year writing career, an estimated net worth of over $50 million, 35 Marvel movie cameos, 121 total acting credits, 69 years of marriage to his wife Joan, and a #1 sense of humor are just some of the statistics that show how impressive Stan Lee was.  While remarkable, though, I knew about other achievements long before I ever discovered those numbers, and Lee’s comics and cameos are why his death has me looking up details about his life.

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Stan Lee delivering some more of his characteristic humor in Captain America: Civil War

Although I have seen most of the Marvel movies from recent years, I cannot claim to be a truly dedicated Stan Lee fan, having (to my knowledge) only read one comic book he coauthored.  Nor can I rival the lengthy, well-researched bios that dot the Internet in the wake of his death, but I did want to give him a brief tribute.  And that is this: his cameos always made me smile, and the narrative voice I did encounter in the one comic I read had a tongue-in-cheek humor that was charming and timeless.

Entertaining audiences is a special gift, and Lee’s ability to do so makes me think of Donald O’Connor performing “Make ‘Em Laugh,” which claims that everyone wants to laugh and that a comedian who makes an audience laugh is greater than a critically-acclaimed Shakespeare.  Not to disparage Shakespeare, of course, but I do understand the sentiment and enjoy a good laugh like the next person.  In his work, Lee seems to understand that his audiences wanted to have fun and also to be inspired to become superheroes, whether in great or small ways or simply in their imaginations.  I expect Stan Lee will always hold a special place in the hearts of comic book enthusiasts and superhero-smitten audiences, just as he holds a place in every Marvel movie with his quirky personality and signature sunglasses.

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Resources

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0498278/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

http://time.com/money/5452625/stan-lee-net-worth-marvel-universe/

The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaption

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An information-heavy story with substantial narration lifted directly from the actual 9/11 Report, this graphic story by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón gives an informative glimpse into the events surrounding 9/11–both the terrorist preparations leading up to it and the aftermath. The book concludes with several recommendations on ways the U.S. can improve its efforts to combat terrorism.

While the artwork is inconsistent in quality and the panel layouts are confusing in places, this “graphic adaption” manages to make the 9/11 Report more accessible and easier to grasp. For this, I would recommend this book.

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Happy First Day of Spring!

For almost two years now, Flint, Bone, and I have been participating on a blog called Thousand Mile Walk with several other writers.  On the blog, we practice our writing skills so that we can grow and improve as writers.  We write essays, poems, short stories, reviews, and other types of compositions on a variety of topics.

Here are some articles from that blog which Flint and Bone have written related to comics.  My comments on some of the stories and movies I have watched and read are in italics.

Graphic Novels

Cardboard

Cardboard by Doug TenNapel – Flint examines the story, artwork, and worldview of a modern graphic novel written for middle grade boys.  This is a really creative book.

Ruse by Mark Waid – Flint reviews a captivating detective story reminiscent of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories.  I found this book to be well-written and well-illustrated.

Movies and Television

Arrow Season 3

Guardians of the Galaxy – Bone reviews the popular superhero movie released by Marvel.  Guardians is entertaining and lighthearted – even making fun of itself and the superhero movie genre at times.

Arrow – Flint takes a close look at the currently airing superhero television series which is already in its third season.  This is a captivating series where the characters wrestle with difficult questions about what true justice is and what differentiates villains from vigilantes. It’s a good watch for a discerning audience.

Webcomics

Speed Bump

Adam4D by Adam Ford – Flint reviews a digital webcomic that he discovered.

Speed Bump by Dave Coverly – Another comic that Flint found and reviewed.

A Tip for DrawingDrawing tip

Drawing” – Flint gives some pointers on how to improve one’s drawing skills.

I hope you enjoy!

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Until We Meet Again

A quick glance at the date on the previous post here is enough to tell readers that things have been very…very…VERY slow lately (“lately” in this case meaning the past 5 months). The real bad news for this blog is that we don’t anticipate having the time to read/write more posts in the foreseeable future (we don’t have the gift of foresight though, so we can’t promise anything!).

One day, perhaps we shall take up our keyboards once more, don our orange shirt and cool glasses, and write comic book reviews once again. But not today. This conjoined bodybuilder is too busy building his body, and wearing cool glasses, and getting himself educated to write blog posts!

Why take a whole post to say this? Well, we’ve decided that rather than let this little blog feel like an unfinished sentence still wanting a period, we want to end this project properly.  So this is our “goodbye and thanks for watching” post. In our 1 year and 3 months of existence, we’ve reviewed several good/great/amazing works by a variety of authors:

In addition, we did a quick tutorial for amateur comic book artists: 15 Minute Comic Exercise, and we shared some thoughts about the big-screen adaption of Herge’s Tintin in  The Adventures of Tintin: Some Thoughts.

We hope that this blog in its own small way has been enlightening, edifying, uplifting, and–most of all–glorifying to the One whose image we bear.

In Christ,

-Flint and bone (aka joseph and jack)-

Welcome!

Welcome to our brand-spanking-new comic book review blog.  In the coming months we are going to be reviewing comics old and new, as well as offering practical advice on how to improve your own comic-book-making skills.

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