Boffo Wish Fulfillment

Stan Lee SpidermanMarvel Comics guru Stan Lee just turned 91, and here’s a nifty comic-style video/story from the Washington Post. I like the look and feel and length of this, and I love Lee’s comments on the enduring power of fairy tales. Stories are wish-fulfillment, he says — comics, movies, books — for adults or children, with or without superheroes.

As a kid, I couldn’t wait to get to the PX every Thursday, when new adventures of the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, Spider-Man and the rest arrived. My dad told me I was a sucker for the cliffhanger marketing, but he also shared memories of watching Tom Mix serials the same way. I didn’t mind having to buy another issue, of course — just having to wait for it.

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