Can you imagine what today’s geekscape would look like without Stan Lee? We shudder to think of it. Writer, producer, entrepreneur and entertainment icon, Stan Lee has turned comic book characters into essential parts of our pop culture. Just reading the “upcoming” section of his IMDb profile will make any Marvel fan tremble with excitement. Best thing about being the boss? You get to have a little fun, too. To celebrate his birthday, here’s a great clip featuring most of Stan Lee’s cameos in Marvel-based films.
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Spider-Man, Spider-Man….while you sing the rest of the song in your head, we’ll tell you that today in 1962, Spider-Man made his first appearance in the Marvel comic Amazing Fantasy #15. Creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko made Peter Parker noticeably different from the accepted superheroes of the day, in that he was a teenage hero without a mentor who had to figure everything out the hard way, from life as an orphan to struggling to make ends meet to dealing with a pesky juiced-up spider bite.
Parker learned and shared each hard-won lesson, including the most-quoted “With great power comes great responsibility,” although “Girlfriends will only bring you pain” should have been a close second. The classic storylines kept Spider-Man firmly against the wall, but we all knew he could climb up it like an angsty champion. True to form, the web-slinging hero has taken many jobs over the years: some of us grew up with him (and a very groovy Morgan Freeman) on The Electric Company, he’s been in countless cartoons, is occasionally teamed up with The Avengers or the Fantastic Four, explored his belly button in a trio of movies, broke dangerous new ground (and occasionally a few limbs) on Broadway and was recently re-booted back to his nerdy roots. That’s a lot of action for one teen to handle, even if he is mutant-powered, but we know the Amazing Spider-Man always pulls through.Tweet
Today is devoted to bringing new fans into the comic book scene, and the range of free comic books is stunning. Depending on the store, you can pick up anything from a comic book re-telling of “My Favorite Martian” to Smurfs to Lady Death. For the full list of free comics offered today, visit the official Free Comic Book Day site.
Of course Spiderman and the other major stars of ink and paint will be available, but the most sought-out freebie just might be the Star Wars/Serenity dual issue by Dark Horse Comics. While the free comics are excellent, be a good geek and buy some comics too. Not every comic store owner lives on tuna like Stuart from “Big Bang Theory,” but they all will appreciate your business.
There will also be special events and signings in many stores, but if you can’t make it to a comic shop near you, ComiXology is holding a cool 99-cent sale on many digital titles.
No matter how you get your comics today, take pride in reading and sharing your geekitude today!Tweet