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The End Of An Era

Today, I got an email from C2E2.  Usually, they don't start putting together their guest lists until about November or December, so the early warning is very welcome.

And the first thing it says is that this C2E2 will be the last appearance at C2E2 for Stan Lee.

This is a surprise, given that Reed's NYCC was to be the last time Lee moved too far from his base of operations in California.  So there seems to be one last trip across the country in him.

Longtime readers know I have very mixed emotions regarding Lee and his history with Jack Kirby.  Also, I wasn't much of a mainstream comic reader, so a lot of the cultural impact he had on others with his creations like Spider-Man and such flew right by me.  But the guy is 91 years old.  I'm frankly amazed he's still around.

I hadn't really considered getting his signature before.  But now, there is something that would be nice.  My Deadpool game for the XBox 360 currently sports four sigs -- Fabian Nicieza (co-creator, Deadpool and Domino), Chris Claremont (co-creator, Rogue, Genoshia, Nathan Summers as Cable, Psylocke, Sinister, Arclight, Vertigo, Blockbuster (2nd), and the Marauders), Michael Golden (co-creator, Rogue, Blockbuster (2nd), and Vertigo), and Nolan North (voice of Deadpool in the game).  How would Stan Lee fit into things, other than being the public face of Marvel?  Co-creator of the X-Men, the Blackbird, and the Sentinels.  So he would be an intersting addition to the collection, and given how he charges in the $100 range for a sig, it would fit in.  Although it would be a bit pricey -- remember, I have people sign both the game cover and the disc itself.  So either I better make sure I get my tax return in time or PeeGee's having ramen for dinner for a while.

So, as you can tell from the heavily documented list above, it is almost a sure thing that I'll get his sig on the game.  The question is, should I do anything else?  There's Spider-Man on the Atari 2600, for example.  Lots of games.  Maybe my Deadpool movie, which featured the first Stan Lee appearance I genuinely cheered instead of rolling my eyes at.  How involved was he in with the characters from Guadians Of The Galaxy?  What Marvel comic would constitute the prize of that collection?

A lot to think about.  Because, there's already two comic book names involved in the game I can never get -- King Kirby and Herb Trimpe, co-creator of Psylocke and the first to draw Wolverine for publication.  They've passed on.   And after seeing C. Martin Coker die this week, I no longer think there will be more opportunities with Lee.

(For the curious, the other sigs to chase for the Deadpool game as far as the comic book industry goes are John Romita Jr. (co-creator of the Marauders and Arc Light), Marc Silvestri (co-creator, Sinister), Roy Thomas and Len Wein and John Romita Sr. (Wolverine, obviously), Rick Leonardi (Genoshia), Louise Simonson (co-creator, Cable), Mike Friedrich and Jim Starlin (Death), and of course, Liefeld himself.)

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