This Is Why Teens Generally Don’t Get to Choose Their Names

Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined George Garrett
In 2008 19-year-old George Garratt legally changed his name to “Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined.” He said he wanted to “be unique.”

Not to be outdone, these guys went a step further a couple of years later. 

They still didn’t match the complexity of this fellow, whose given name at birth may have lacked comic book references but surpassed everyone else as measured by mouthfuls. 

Meet the Man Who Made Us Marvel

Fun Facts about Stan Lee Marvel ComicsStan Lee has almost mythical standing among comic book aficionados. Without him, the world would never have heard of Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, or any of the other 350 comic book characters that sprang from his fertile mind (see the list here).

Born Stanley martin Lieber on December 28, 1922, Lee revolutionized the comic book industry and American culture with his creativity. Here are some facts about the Man behind Marvel Comics. Continue reading

Spider-Man is Dead. A New Hero is Born

Aaron Joseph Purmort
Aaron Joseph Purmort

When Aaron Purmort (1979-2014) knew that he didn’t have much time remaining to live, he wrote his own obituary, in which he made a startling revelation:

“Purmort, Aaron Joseph age 35, died peacefully at home on November 25 after complications from a radioactive spider bite that led to years of crime-fighting and a years long battle with a nefarious criminal named Cancer, who has plagued our society for far too long. Civilians will recognize him best as Spider-Man, and thank him for his many years of service protecting our city. His family knew him only as a kind and mild-mannered Art Director, a designer of websites and t-shirts, and concert posters who always had the right cardigan and the right thing to say (even if it was wildly inappropriate).”

It ends by noting that he is survived by his son Ralph, “who will grow up to avenge his father’s untimely death.”

One superhero passes away, but another rises to take his place.

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You Mean Peter Parker Wasn’t the First Spider-Man?

Shortly before the start of the Marvel Era of comic books, Journey Into Mystery #73 published “Where will you be, when… The Spider Strikes!” In it, a common household spider was doused with radioactive rays. Instead of biting an unsuspecting high school student named Peter Parker, the spider instead began to develop the intelligence of a human being and grow to massive proportions. Able to speak and even shoot his own web fluid, this man-spider of sorts was killed by the story’s end, just in time for the so-called “Marvel Age of Comics” to begin.

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