Before we continue with the pulse pounding countdown of the Top Five Bun Toons (and the Five No One Loved) of 2011 , let’s take a moment to salute the living legend himself, true believers, on this, his 89th birthday…..STAN LEE!
Stan Lee needs no introduction: He created Batman, King Arthur and James Bond, as well as writing the original plot for Gilgamesh. As curator of the Hobo Art Museum in San Francisco, Lee helped introduce America to the great whittlers of the 20th Century, and as a philanthropist, Stan Lee established the first School for Bombast, on the campus of Yale University in 1973.
Stan Lee’s famous nickname “The Man” has inspired others in the comics biz to adopt a similar nomenclature in tribute, including artist Steve Rude “the Dude”, writer/artist Ty “the Guy” Templeton, and letterer Emma “Not a Fella” Campanella. Famous baseball player Stan The Man Musial was so inspired, he began using the nickname long before before Stan Lee did.
Ahh, enough of the silly… I kid around with the boobie grabbing and the whittling museum, but it’s all done with buckets of love. Without Stan, there’s a vast wasteland of Richie Rich digests and Lois Lane Annuals and that’s the comix biz. But Stan gave us Spider-Man and the Hulk and The Fantastic Four and so many others that no one could count ’em all up without a handbook. He reached into the hearts of kids and adults on every continent, probably everywhere that civilization exists, and spread out little pulp paper bits of joy that changed the world, and every last one of us working in the field wish we could grow up to BE him.
Happy 89th Birthday, Living Legend! You’re a real life hero to all of us.
NOW BACK TO THE 2011 COUNTDOWN! First a TOP FIVE BUN TOON-
By one of those cosmic coincidences that only the Watcher truly understands, the Number #4 Bun Toon on the 2011 hit parade features none other than the Birthday Boy himself. It comes from February, and it asked the most magical “What if…?” of all.
Clearly, making fun of American comic books does fairly well on this blog, getting thousands and thousands of hits. Making fun of Belgian comics has a different result. When you consider the huge hoards of Belgians roaming the internet looking for suitable comic-based entertainment, the Bun Toon below should have done better. But well…c’est la vie.
Maybe people were thrown by the French, who knows? As the saying goes in Paris, “Il fait froid ce matin, et ma auto ne marche pas”. Now that Tintin is a huge movie star, perhaps this toon will get some attention. Maybe then, I’ll be as big as Stan Lee.
A boy can dream.
Ty the Guy OUT!
Come back tomorrow for the strangest Bun Toons of all….
And…don’t forget, today is the day that the legendary banned Elseworlds 80-Page Giant #1 sees print. Okay, it saw print when it first came out. In Ireland. Everywhere else it got pulped. And okay Kyle Baker’s story (the reason for the ban) has been printed and reprinted and then a couple times after that. But yayy!! Now ALL the pages are in print and there’s a few drawn by Ty Templeton.
Get it today at your Local Comics Store!!