September '19

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1 6 P R I N T W E A R S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 9 From Software to Substrate Lo n W i n t e r s SCREEN PRINTING 1 6 P R I N T W E A R S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 9 A s we prepared this month's col- umn, we realized we may be beating this comic book, space, superhero thing to death, so this will be it. For a minute or two. But with the recent passing of Stan Lee, it only seemed appropriate to pay homage. When looking at reference comics, the first thing we saw could have read, "Face Front, True Believers!" Stan Lee presented every comic in the Marvel line-up this way. The splash page, as it's called, grabbed our attention with captions from Lee's beginning in the '70s until his passing last year. The uncanny way he told stories was in- spiration for so many famous super- heroes churned out at the offices of the Marvel Bullpen as it was famously called. Stan Lee started as a copy boy where he watched comics go out each month as he began to develop his own ideas. He pitched them to editors and art- ists but wasn't taken seriously. When he pitched an idea for a character who was bitten by a radioactive spider, the editor in chief laughed Lee out of his office telling him, "this Bug-Boy Spider-Kid would be a flop." A year later Marvel released the origin story of Spider-Man. It was an instant hit and with that, Lee cemented his place in comic and pop culture history. WITH GREAT RESPONSIBILITY... For this project commissioned by Denver Pop Culture Con, we put to- gether a concept that focused on some of the characters Lee had a hand in cre- ating. Japanese anime's exposure and One More Superhero FOR NOW… An homage to a great requires some great side- kicks. (All images cour- tesy the author)

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