Goodbye, Stan Lee

Goodbye, Stan Lee

The comic book legend passed away this morning, November 12th, 2018. He had many fans, and we will all miss him.


The very first superhero movie I ever saw was Spider-Man with Tobey Maguire. That movie got me into the idea that superheroes were so cool, and that there's a lot of really cool things that people can do with superhero movies. The creator of that character that I enjoyed so much was the late Stan Lee.

Stan Lee didn't just create Spider-Man. He assisted in the creation of many other Marvel superheroes that are still well-known and loved today. The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, X-Men, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, the Fantastic Four, and more are comics and characters that he helped to bring to life alongside Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Bill Everett, and more.

His cameos were something that all Marvel Cinematic Universe fans came to expect and enjoy. A few of my personal favorites are these: (he appears towards the end) (this one was more heartwarming, especially since he created Spider-Man) (here are all Stan Lee cameos)

He was funny in interviews and these cameos, and he wrote such a sassy Spider-Man. There would be no funny end credit scenes in the MCU if not for him and his co-writers creating these hilarious and human characters.

"Heroes show us we don't need to be perfect to do what's right. It's not about living without fear, but facing injustice. It's not about being powerful but finding your calling when you least expect it. They show us it's okay to be vulnerable, no matter how tough you are because even though they're heroes, they're still human." -Stan Lee voiceover, Defenders Trailer

Stan Lee was famous for doing what he loved, and most people don't get to do what they love for a living, ever. He did what he loved and did it well, and became one of the most recognizable people in comic books and cinema. He made a difference in entertainment for so many people, and will for generations to come. While he may have passed away this morning, he is immortal in our hearts.


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Remember when you were a kid and you'd have a family game night? Or your friends would come over and you'd open the game cabinet and play at least three different games together?

Maybe it's just me, but those are some of my best memories from my childhood. My family loves games, board games, and electronic games.

Of course, as I got older, gaming consoles like PlayStation and Wii became more and more popular. That meant that the game cabinet was opened less and less, collecting dust.

Thankfully, I live in New Jersey near the shore and Hurricane Sandy left my family with no power for five days. Sure, it was scary not having power and walking around my neighborhood seeing fallen trees or roof shingles, but we were inland enough to not have had any flood water damage.

No power also meant no PlayStation or Wii games. The gaming cabinet was opened again, this time with vigor. Now, four years later, and I still think about sitting in the dark with a flashlight playing Scrabble with my family.

That was also the week I learned how to play Yahtzee and dominated my dad in every game. My sister constantly was looking for someone to play her to Battleship. We exhausted Rummikub.

The game was already a family favorite, and that's including extended family. Family barbeques had been ending with late night games of Rummikub for at least a year by the time Sandy hit.

We were ready to strategize and crunch numbers, but after day three, we never wanted to a number ever again.

This semester, there's been a surge of board game love again in my family. My sister bought Jenga, which we are currently trying to exhaust ourselves with. My favorite board game also had a comeback: Life.

I loved this game so much that I had the SpongeBob version as a kid. I would play it with my best friend, just the two of us, playing game after game of Bikini Bottom themed Life. Now, I have a car full of "kids" that I've started to make pets in my head. I can handle having five pretend dogs, but not five pretend kids.

I don't know what it is about board games, but my family has always had an affinity for them. We've gone through our cycles of playing video games and card games, but we always come back to the classics. Maybe it's more a defining part of my family than I originally thought.

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