Comic Book Legend Stan Lee Passes Away at 95

It’s a sad day for comic book fans as news is traveling quickly about Stan Lee’s passing. The co-creator or such superheroes as Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, Thor, The Hulk, Iron Man and more died this morning in Los Angeles at the at age of 95. Joan Lee, Stan’s wife of 60 years passed away last July at the age of 93 according to Peoplemagazine.

When Lee was just 17-years-old, he became an assistant at Timely Comics where he wrote stories for comic artist like Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. One year later Lee became the editor-in-chief. After his service with the army (working on training films and some cartooning) he continued as editor-in-chief until he was became a publisher in 1972.

After DC Comic’s success with their Justice League of America comic books, Lee and Kirby teamed up to create the Fantastic Four which was not only an instant hit, but it helped to pave the way for more masked heroes to come about, often providing social commentary. In many ways, the older the man got, t…

This Day in Pop Culture for June 23

Logan's Run premiered in theaters on June 22, 1976.

Logan Starts Running

Based on William F. Nolan’s book of the same name, the dystopian sci-fi flick, Logan’s Run, premiered on this day in 1976. In this universe, the population is controlled by killing off citizens when they reach the ripe old age of 30, hence, the reason why Logan is running. The movie starred Michael York, Jenny Agutter and Farrah Fawcett, who MGM promoted heavily even though she only had a bit part in the film. Logan’s Run was nominated for two Academy Awards and won for a special award for its visual effects. The movie also won six Saturn Awards including Best Science Fiction Film. The following year, a short-lived TV show based on the movie aired on CBS.

Christopher Sholes received a patent for the typewriter on June 23, 1868.

Patent is Received for the Typewriter

After his printers went on strike, newspaperman, Christopher Sholes made a few attempts (although unsuccessful) to invent a typesetting machine. He collaborated with another printer, Samuel Soule and a friend, Carlos Glidden and the three created the first mechanical typewriter machine in 1867. The early attempt had a few flaws, but Sholes received a patent for the device on this day in 1868. An investor, James Densmore bought out Soule and Glidden for a share in the machine. After some improvements, the pair received a new patent in 1871. By 1873, the invention was sold to Eliphalet Remington and Sons, which is better known for its sales of electric razors sold today.

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