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Stan Lee, Creator of Marvel Super Heroes, Dead at 95

This breaks my heart.  The day that I received my diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer in September, I remember wondering if I would live long enough to see the sequel to Avenger’s Infinity War that is scheduled for release in May 2019.  That is how much of a fan I am of Stan Lee and the actors in his movies.

 

Per TMZ ;

Stan Lee, the man responsible for much of the Marvel Universe, has died … Stan’s daughter tells TMZ.

We’re told an ambulance rushed to Lee’s Hollywood Hills home early Monday morning and he was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. We’re told that’s where he died.

Lee had suffered several illnesses over the last year or so — he had a bout of pneumonia and vision issues.

Stan started Marvel with Jack Kirby in 1961 with The Fantastic Four. He went on to create Spider-Man, Black Panther, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man and The Avengers.

Stan made cameo appearances in all of the Marvel movies.

Lee had a rocky relationship with Marvel once the company went full-tilt Hollywood. He sued the company in 2002 for royalties he said he was owed for the first “Spider-Man” movie. Three years later he settled the case for $10 million.

“Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” is the latest installment of the film’s franchise and will be released next month.

Lee is survived by his daughter, J.C. His wife of 69 years, Joan, died in 2017.

There’s a saying that when men have been married a long time and their wife dies first, that it’s not long before they die.  I’ve known that to happen to two friends.   May Stan and Joan both rest in peace.

 

RETURN OF THE JEDI

I always wait until the theaters are not crowded — plan to see it after New Year’s.

The Fifth Column

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THE HUFFINGTON POST

‘Star Wars’ Just Came Out And Already Broke A Box Office Record

Anxious “Star Wars” fans who will tolerate none of your spoilers have broken one box office record — and the movie just came out.

Ticket vendor Fandango says “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has already broken its record for the most tickets sold for any film over its entire theatrical run. It usurped “Jurassic World” — another nostalgia-heavy flick — for the title.

Fandango, which sells tickets to a majority of theater screens in the U.S., did not specify the value of the tickets sold. But The Associated Press reported earlier today that the film has earned more than $100 million in presale tickets in North America. What’s more, according to a poll on the site, 63 percent of respondents had plans to see “The Force Awakens” more than once in theaters.

So yes, theaters will…

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