Stan Lee has passed away.

Very few people in this world don’t know who Stan Lee is.

Today, TMZ is reporting that Stan Lee has passed away, and confirmed by Kirk Schneck, an attorney for Stan Lee’s daughter.

Stan Lee, though he got his start in Timely Comics, would go on to become much bigger. He often voiced the openings of shows such as Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends in the early 80’s. But what truly made Stan Lee a house hold name, beyond those who collected comics, was his appearances in movies. He appeared in the Kevin Smith movie, Mallrats. But when Disney purchased Marvel Comics and started the Marvel Cinematic Universe (simply called the MCU to most), Stan Lee had a cameo appearance in every single one of them – and even made a cameo in the Deadpool movies, which at the time were owned by FOX Studios, as well as the Spider-Man movies, which are currently owned by Sony.

To speak of the legacy that Stan Lee was a part of, along with folks like Jack “The King” Kirby and Steve Ditko would be too long to list – but to give folks an idea – he had a hand in The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, X-Men, and the list goes on and on.

These characters that Marvel created did something different than DC. While Superman and Batman lived in cities like Metropolis and Gotham; the characters at Marvel lived in real life cities, primarily New York City (where, at the time, Marvel was based).

This helped launch the popularity of these Marvel comic book characters; and Spider-Man would even go on to appear in newspaper strips and had a cartoon in the late 1960s. There have been countless Spider-Man cartoons since. There’s been several X-Men cartoons. Several Avengers cartoons. There is, of course, the movies. And even several characters, such as Daredevil appearing on Netflix specific shows.

To say that Stan Lee’s hand in the creation of these characters, along with those of Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, had a massive impact – would somehow still be under stating the obvious.

Stan Lee got his start at Timely comics in 1939, with the help of his uncle (Robbie Solomon). Back then, Stan Lee did not have a heavy hand in much, in regards to creation. He was sent to ensure everyone had ink for their artistic duties and what not. But in 1941, he got a bit of a break by being a text filler in Captain America Comics #3, where he used the name Stan Lee (which he would go on to make his legal name, from Stanley Martin Lieber). He would become an editor at the age of 19, until 1972 where he took over as publisher.

In 1942, he served with the United States Army where his military classification was officially entitled as “playwright” – a title shared with only eight others.

In the 1950s, Timely Comics became Atlas Comics. Late into the 1950s, DC had managed to bring back the superhero genre; and Lee was appointed to do the same, by which time, Atlas Comics had now become Marvel Comics, and Lee did just that, created flawed heroes that drew the appear of many. The Fantastic Four was the first, created along side with Jack “The King” Kirby; and that’s when all the others came along after that. With the Avengers, Captain America, who initially appeared in Timely Comics was brought back, and explained to have been in suspended animation.

I will never be able to explain the impact these characters had on me. Avengers and Uncanny X-Men are what got me into comics a very long time ago. My collection is now into the thousands upon thousands of comics. They’ve helped me in my youth, they’ve given me endless memories.

Stan Lee’s wife, Joan, passed away in July 2017. Stan Lee leaves us at the age of 95. He leaves behind a massive legacy, where his name became a household name, and we have characters that he helped create, that will be remembered by everyone, for a very, very, long time.

I’d like to think, that when he left us, he knew that. And he was at peace with that.

– Tawmis

 

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Punisher Coloring

This one is pretty basic, but I still enjoy how it came out. Took a B&W image of Punisher and colored it up.

Punisher B&W:


Punisher colored:

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Spider-Man vs Jack O’ Lantern Colored.

Figured out why Camtasia was tanking; and I may yet be able to save the Nightcrawler video I did. But I did a really quick and dirty coloring of this Spider-Man vs Jack O’ Lantern image and recorded it. (The video is rendering and will be in another post).

So here’s the Black and white:

Here is my color:

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Nightcrawler Coloring.

I am really disappointed. I figured this was an easy Nightcrawler to color so I captured it with Camtasia to show how I do what I do (not that it’s super great, but in case someone else wanted to try it; or even better, if someone saw it and could provide tips for enhancing my own skills!) Unfortunately, freaking Camtasia tanked when it imported and corrupted the file. So I will hunt down another easy one to do so folks can get an idea of how I do it.

Before and after presented:

And my colored version:

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LA Comic Con 2018…

I want to preface this with; we got there, on Saturday, around 4:30pm (maybe closer to 5pm). The Con was open Saturday, until 7pm.

I am not sure why that matters, but I feel like if you’re reading this, you should have the facts.

Now, the previous versions of LA Comic Con (or back then, Komikaze, then later Stan Lee’s Comic Con, to now being called LA Comic Con) – the Con was always happening and alive. Even when we would leave near the tail end of the Con for the day, there were still people bustling about. And usually at the end of the day, all the Cosplayers gathered in the foyer area for photo opportunities with tons of admirers.

The first thing I noticed when I strolled inside for Saturday, the foyer was pretty empty. I was expecting it to be full of Cosplayers and people taking pictures. There were people and there were cosplayers; but not nearly the volume that’s normally there in previous years. Previous years, you’d have to be careful of not stepping across someone’s photo; this year I walked through there with ease, and no issues of stepping in front of photographers.

You’d think, as someone who is definitely an introvert, this would be a plus, right? Well, as Charles and I stepped into the Convention Center itself; even the people in there were sparse. I thought, “Well, this will be kind of nice.”

But it quickly became evident to both of us (I thought it was just me, until Charles said something) – that something felt… off. As we walked around, we came up to where the Ghostbuster car was and I noticed, the food court was closed; the reason became clear because they had food trucks outside – this was a great move. The food trucks provided a much wider variety of food, at better prices, and way better quality.

But as we continued to walk through; there was no… energy? No excitement? No chemistry? I can’t describe it, exactly – but both Charles and I paused and talked about how there was something odd about the Convention. We then noticed there was no Marvel or DC booth, which is odd at a Comic convention. That’s like watching a Star Wars movie without lightsabers or a Star Trek movie where they don’t have the Enterprise or say “Beam me up” at least once. As we walked around, I considered getting another Lightsaber and figured I’d try to hunt down Ultrasabers (only place I get mine), and they weren’t even there. (I am not sure if that has anything to do with a fiasco that happened at Phoenix Comic Con – but they were at this con last year). Some other company was there that sold lightsabers, and while they looked sturdy enough, just didn’t feel like they had the same feel of Ultrasabers.

As we walked around (and we walked the entire con, very quickly, due to what appeared to be low attendance), there was this big row – where the vendors were separated by like 30 feet, and I told Charles, that it felt like I was at a garage sale, more than a comic con. None of the vendors seemed to have any energy or interest in engaging anyone. Everyone was just sitting in their booth. Even when I approached a few booths, none of the people behind the desk engaged me. The actual comic book selection at this year’s con was so absolutely sparse, it was actually a little on the pathetic side.

Had this been my first time to this Con (granted, first time at it being called the “LA Comic Con”), I probably would not return to it next year. Because I remember writing about the 2016 Comickaze thing – and talking about there were so many people inside and outside on the foyer area, that moving was almost impossible. This year, it was a polar opposite, that seemed to go too far to the other extreme. I remember the Stan Lee Comic Con 2017, feeling like the right balance.

I hope that next year, whatever it is that I felt like was off (because, I don’t know if it was just me and Charles who felt this way) – but I hope they fix it, and that next year, there’s the perfect balance of people (fans), cosplayers, vendors – and that the energy level is back. Because this… this felt depressing.

– Tawmis

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Namorita #1

Corey discovered that Namorita apparently has a special, promotional one-shot series – that neither of us have been able to locate any information on. Corey took to Facebook while I took to Twitter. What’s very cool is that Fabian Nicieza has helped us on our quest to find out more (and I would like a copy – even if it’s a scanned copy – of the book!)

 

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Coloring Magik #3 Cover.

New way of coloring is insanely faster. Did this one in about an hour.

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The actual cover from Marvel:

My colored version of the black & white image:

The a slight touch up to colors:

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(Old) Coloring Uncanny X-Men #156

While going through my images that I had saved to color, I found an old one I had done of Uncanny X-Men #156 which featured the Starjammers on the cover (anyone who knows me knows how much I love the Starjammers!) I am not sure when I did this one, but it was probably awhile ago, because I see things I would have done differently in the image. But figured it was worth the share.

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The original image I worked with:

After having cleaned up the yellow tinge and colored:

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Coloring Ms. Marvel

To say I have been infatuated with Deathbird since her first appearance, and more so when she became associated as a part of the Shi’ar, would be an understatement. Found a Black & White image of Ms. Marvel fighting Deathbird (this was a great series, and not just because Deathbird is in it!).

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This was the image I worked with:

This was the coloring result:

– Tawmis

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Color Uncanny X-Men #137

While doing the Ka-Zar coloring, I learned a little trick. And these things normally took me quite a bit of time; but applying the trick I learned coloring Ka-Zar, I was able to color this cover of Uncanny X-Men #137 in a little over an hour; which is a huge difference between like several days!

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This is the black and white image I worked with:

And this was the coloring result:

No way looks super professional, but then, I don’t do this for a living. I just do it to relax my brain. 🙂
– Tawmis

 

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