One Writer’s Journey

November 13, 2018

RIP Stan Lee

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Came back to my desk after lunch on Monday to see numerous posts on the death of Stan Lee.  Sadness.

Three years ago, my husband and I took the MOOC “The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact on Pop Culture.”  Led by the Smithsonian, it was offered through EdX and included guest lectures by Stan Lee.  Yes, I saved every single one of those lectures.

What impressed me the most was his overall can-do attitude.  When he started at Timely Comics, he was an assistant.  That meant he assisted pretty much everyone at everything.  He filled ink wells for the artists.  He got people lunch.  But he also took advantage of opportunities. He wrote the filler “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge” which appeared in Captain America Comics #3 (May 1941).  This is where he first used Captain America’s shield as a ricocheting weapon.

By the 1950s he was writing a variety of comics including romance, Westerns, humor, science fiction, medieval adventure, horror, and suspense. When he got the chance to premier a line of superheroes, he introduced something never before seen, flawed heroes who were just a human as they were heroic.

If you get the chance to take the EdX class, I highly recommend it.  Even if you don’t plan to write a graphic novel, this is a new way to think about literature.  Me?  I signed up for the Library Journal Conference all about science fiction, fantasy and graphic novels.  I’ll fill you in on that tomorrow.

–SueBE

 

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