20 (and 45)

In a surprise development, Angelina and I spent our birthday together last year, spending the day in St. Louis thanks to Danny’s band competition.  This picture of us was taken just minutes before the end of our birthday as the competition wrapped up at he Dome at America’s Center and we were getting ready to go out and “celebrate” with a late night dinner at a dive diner, which went about as well as you can imagine.

The Loss Of A Legend

On Monday, Stan Lee, the father of the Marvel Universe, passed away at the age of 95.  Through his work with Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and others, Lee created or co-created Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Ant-Man, among countless other characters, and catapulted Marvel from a tiny venture into the world’s No. 1 publisher of comic books and, eventually, a multimedia giant.

Beginning in 1985, with the final issue of a TransFormers limited series that would eventually run 80 issues, through 2007’s One More Day story arc that concluded in Amazing Spider-Man 545, the worlds created by Lee provided 22 years of entertainment in comic book form and many more since thanks to the cinematic versions.  His loss will be felt for years to come.