This man's contributions to my life are second only to my own father's. I so love to remember the times when I would get home from school and sit in my big leather chair and read comics until supper. No matter how bad my day was I was about to go a million places and do cool things because Stan Lee had the vision and imagination to re-write the landscape of a dying art form, allowing it to survive to this day.
He never seems to tire of telling the stories of the early days and the characters he created. He accepts his fan-boy worship with humility and generosity. Now matter how many times he is told how much he has meant to some comic geeks life he is patient and gracious with their love.
My dream is to be trapped in an elevator with him for about 4 hours. He would tell me a thousand stories like he was telling them for the first time and I would hear them like those remembrances were not familiar to me at all (and the are).
He has my second favorite voice to hear. You instantly recognize it. It is so full of life and optimism. I don't think anyone is a bigger promoter and lover of comic books than Stan Lee.
He will be gone one day and that day will be a sad one for the world. So let me say to you, kind Sir - EXCELSIOR!
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.