I didn’t have a chance to comment on Stan Lee’s passing last week, but it did hit me quite a bit. I’m not an avid comic fan. I read a few comics in my day, but I wasn’t crazy about them. I was exposed to Stan Lee’s work through TV shows, video games, the first wave of Marvel movie adaptations and in 2008, which I like to call the Renaissance.
My first memory of Stan Lee’s works were the cartoon adaptations of Spider Man, and X-Men that were aired on Fox Kids. I remember being drawn to both of these shows of their distinct art style, complex characters, and complex story lines that spanned multiple episodes. While I liked many cartoons, my favorite shows were the ones that had a continuity. I liked always having a reason to watch the next episode.
Fast forward to the gift of a Sega Genesis, I was introduced to video game adaptations of the said franchises. A cousin introduced my brother, and I to the first X-Men game on the Genesis. My mother eventually bought us Maximum Carnage, based on a comic arc of the same name. By this point, my brother and I were entrenched in the Spider Man lore. Through that game, we were introduced to a handful of characters like Cloak & Dagger, Captain America, Deathlok, Firestar, etc.
We were eventually introduced to Iron Man, and War Machine through action figures an older cousin got us. We’d see all of these characters make cameos in various shows in one form of another. It was great seeing multiple universes of comics come together to form one shared universe. In 99′ I was introduced to Capcom’s Vs series, first starting with Marvel Super Heroes, followed by X-Men Vs Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes vs Street Fighter, and then the penultimate Marvel Vs Capcom. MvC was something special as it was the first time two of my favorite franchises came together to duke it out in brawls that at the time only seemed possible via the myriad of action figures my brother and I shared.
We eventually got the first wave of Marvel films in 2002, and I was so excited to see these heroes on the big screen as an angsty teen that I didn’t realize how bad these movies were. Marvel got its act together in 2008, and got better directors, and writers to craft what we know today as the current Marvel Cinematic Universe; A universe that better mimics many of the crossovers I grew up with in TV shows, the crossovers created through various video games, and the crossovers we imagined as kids with our many action figures.
I just wanted to thank Stan Lee for creating pure magic in what was at times a crappy childhood. Stan Lee’s universe is a reminder of the power that can come from people of different backgrounds and abilities coming together to fight evil. I pray that his legacy will be forever honored and cherished for what it inspired and whom it inspired.
Rest in Power Stan Lee.
Stay classy y’all….
Flemmings Beaubrun is an avid gamer and lover of music. When not working, Flemmings likes to spend his time whipping up dank beats for the masses. He also spends his weekends thrift shopping for rare video games and obscure electronics. Other times he’s in front of a TV with a giant bowl of cereal enjoying shows from the 90s.