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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 26

"The Lottery" was published on June 26, 1948.

‘The Lottery’ Ruffles Feathers

The disturbing fictional short story, “The Lottery,” written by Shirley Jackson, was published for the first time in The New Yorker magazine on this day in 1948. It is known as “one of the most famous short stories in the history of American literature” but not necessarily in a favorable sense. The story tells of a small community of 300 or so residents who each year hold a lottery in which one town member gets stoned to death. Both Jackson and The New Yorker were surprised by the negative reaction of readers who cancelled their subscriptions and sent hate mail to the magazine. A month later, Jackson gave an explanation for the story: “Explaining just what I had hoped the story to say is very difficult. I suppose, I hoped, by setting a particularly brutal ancient rite in the present and in my own village to shock the story's readers with a graphic dramatization of the pointless violence and general inhumanity in their own lives.” Ironically, some of the letter were from curious readers who wanted to know where these lotteries were held and if they would be allowed to watch!


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