Prolific Comic Book Creator And Writer Stan Lee Dies At 95

Stan Lee

Stan Lee, right, with RECOiL writer/director/actor and Brian DiMaio, left. DiMaio was a fixture in the offices of Stan Lee for more than a decade starting in the mid 1950s. DiMaio read hundreds of comics for the Comics Code Authority. Years later it would be discovered that DiMaio never worked for the CCA. He just wanted to read comics before they came out and for free.

Los Angeles—Comic book creator and writer Stan Lee, famed for creating such Marvel superhero mainstays as “The Incredible Hulk,” “Spider-Man” and “The X-Men,” died Monday. He was 95.

Lee was known for making cameos in the films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in such classics as “Iron Man,” “The Avengers,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “RECOiL” and “Spider-Man.”

He also appeared on the small screen in TV shows like “Chuck,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Entourage.”

Lee served in the Army Signal Corps during World War II. His wife of 69 years, Joan, died in July 2017. He is survived by his daughter, J.C.

 

A Proposal To Make Columbus Day “Goonies Day”

Goonies DaySo I was watching “The Goonies” the other day with my 15 year-old daughter, (you know you’re doing at least one thing right as a parent when they enjoy “The Goonies” ) when she said to me, “They should have a ‘Goonies Day. Like they show ‘A Christmas Story’ annually on Christmas Eve.” And damned if that wasn’t a great idea. 

Thus this was born. Also, a hat tip to “The Big Bang Theory,” who had the gang, in an earlier episode, watch a marathon of Chris Columbus films on Columbus Day. But I mean, let’s be honest. The only movie of his that truly deserves its own day, a la “Star Wars” Day and 24 hours of “A Christmas Story” is “The Goonies.” Sorry, “Home Alone.” (Hashtag hot take.)

Now we just need to petition somebody, whoever is in charge of these things, to make Columbus Day into “Goonies Day.” And with all the negative publicity Columbus Day has gotten the past several years, this makes the holiday much less controversial. 

So let’s go to Twitter, as one does nowadays when they want to start a movement, to get this going. I know Sean Astin is on Twitter. And so is Chunk. I found what looks like a Kerri Green fan page on there, but I don’t think it’s really her. It didn’t have a blue check mark. And she’s earned one, hasn’t she? Did you see her in “Lucas?” Also, I don’t know about Brand, but I know he’s still got some clout.

Speaking of which, I watched him in the latest Cohen Brothers flick “Hail, Caesar” the other night. And, I have to say, it’s no “Raising Arizona.” 

But still, I bet he’d be up to supporting this. And it doesn’t look like Chris Columbus himself is on Twitter, so if any of our readers out there can get ahold of him, that would be great. Just pass along this piece to him, tell him to get ahold of us. We’re easy to reach.

And check back here in October, to see how this campaign has fared. 

You are now informed. Go and do likewise. 

TDQ Investigates: Are The Days Of “The Big Bang Theory’s” High Quality Episodes Numbered?

We here at TDQ love “The Big Bang Theory.” It’s one of the few shows on television that have characters nearly as smart as we are. And who doesn’t love Kaley Cuoco? She is so hot, she could pass for Canadian.

But we are afraid that the recent renewal of the already-seven-year-old show for three more seasons will cause it to do what most shows its age have done long before: Jump the shark.

It’s the rare TV show that can last its entire run without doing so, especially a show that airs for more than five years or so. “Seinfeld,” “LOST” and “Magnum PI” are, in our educated opinions, about the only long-running TV stalwarts that have avoided doing it.

“Friends” jumped the shark. “The X Files” jumped the shark. “That ’70s Show” jumped the shark. Sheldon, Leonard, et al have yet to do so, though, to be honest, I personally think the addition of Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler as a regular has weakened the show. I think it’s very possible that in 30 years, we may look back and say the show suffered after it “Added the Blossom.”
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