While we set about finishing off the last of the Christmas leftovers, let's be sure to take a few minutes to tip the hat and say 'Happy Birthday Stan!' The man not only co-created the 'relatable' likes of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and the Hulk (among many others), in an often overlooked move, he also helped create the Marvel club of 'True Believers' though his direct conversations with fans in the Bullpen Bulletins and caption boxes of the books he oversaw.
Through these little chats Stan Lee made you feel like you were in on the ground floor of every bit of coolness Marvel had instore, by talking to you not at you. Sadly with all the net spoilers and modern solicitation formats I'm not sure that's an excitement the current Marvel can ever recapture, which is sad as I'm sure it had a positive effect on thousands of childhoods. I know it did mine.
Happy Birthday Stan Lee - and thanks.