Friday Comic Book Day.
This month a huge new book on the work of Stan Lee and the early Marvel years was announced from Taschen books in the Previews catalogue and on Amazon, with an expected publication date of December first 2014. Preorder your copy soon, because this important and sure to be impressive follow up to Taschen's similar DC book is sure not to be missed. And it will finally put all those people to rest who have said that the alost one meter high DC book is impossible to shelve because there is no book like it... because now there is.
To celebate this, I have selected a short story by Stan Lee and Dan DeCarlo. I have always given much space to the pre Marvel work of Stan Le (and written about it for Roy Thomas' magazine Alter Ego. There is much more to be told about that period and Roy's book will only cover a small part of it (with it's expected focus on the more succesful and famous superhero years). Still, this is a nice sample of something else Stan Lee was good at - sily jokes. In fact, the long run of My Friend Irma was the basis for my article examining Stan Lee's writing style, which was always one of coming up with funny or silly reactions... even if he had to provide the set-up line himself.
As for the succes of the book, I suspect that the sexy ladies of Dan DeCarlo had almost as much to do with that.