Stan Lee’s 90th Birthday: Dec. 28, 2012

The list of people who’ve influenced my work is long. Maybe endless. But somewhere in the top 10, you’d find Stan Lee.

It’s been said that Stan Lee’s greatest creation wasn’t Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The Hulk or any of the other Marvel characters. It was Stan Lee himself.

The things he said and wrote about the Marvel Universe (and himself) were as entertaining as any of his characters. His hype was so over the top, irreverent and good-natured that you knew he wasn’t taking himself seriously.

As a kid, I was firmly hooked on the heroics and drama of the Marvel Characters. But it was Stan’s sense of humor that—without me even realizing it—probably influenced me the most.

Apparently, with great power comes great humor…if you’re Stan Lee.

Original art from First Kiss #40 (1965) minus the Stan Lee head by John Romita, Sr. This gag first appeared in Comics Buyer’s Guide—where Last Kiss appears every month.

 

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SCENE: Stan Lee and a young female companion enter a room where people are celebrating Stan's birthday.
STAN'S FEMALE COMPANION: It’s like this everywhere!zzit’s as if someone declared today National Stan Lee Day!

STAN: I asked for “International,” but…maybe next year!

CAPTION: Happy 90th Birthday, Stan!

Stan by John Romita, Sr. © Marvel Characters Inc
Rest by Vince Colletta Studio Color by Diego Jourdan Pereira

Birthday Sex

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WOMAN (thinking): Hmm! His
birthday is coming up! What can I get him? It can't be sex! We did that last year!

Dancing With The Stars

Maybe you can’t be on Dancing with the Stars. But you can feel better—or at least make me feel better—by buying this Last Kiss gag as a birthday card. Free shipping.

More Dancing with the Stars Fantasies…

Hmm. I’m not sure where this photo originally came from, but thanks to Last Kiss fan “Cubby” who alerted me to these possible “Dancing” Stars.

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WOMAN: Another year older and I still haven't danced with the stars!

Art by Vince Colletta Studio

Your Birthday and Me

See? I didn’t forget your birthday. I did this comic, (insert your name), just for you!

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SCENE: Man and woman dancing.

WOMAN: Silly me! I thought you forgot my birthday!

MAN (thinking): Birthday? Oh…crud! Now she’ll expect me to pay for dinner!

Direct Deposit Birthdays

Birthday cards appreciated, but not required with every deposit.

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WOMAN: Instead of blackmail, consider it a birthday gift that you’ll be giving me…several times a year!

Art by Vince Colletta Studio