Stan and Jack

Cidu Bill on Sep 2nd 2013

I suspect many if not most of you know he’s referring to two legendary comic book creators. Now if only somebody knows what he’s talking about…

Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Jack Kirby, Jump Start, Robb Armstrong, Stan Lee, comic strips, comics, humor | 19 responses so far

19 Responses to “Stan and Jack”

  1. James Pollock Sep 2nd 2013 at 12:06 am 1

    I suspect that if you dug through Marvel comics in the 1960’s, you’d find a scene just like this. No idea where to look for it, though. My first guess would be Fantastic Four.

  2. tom Sep 2nd 2013 at 12:07 am 2

    Didn’t the father find a large stash of early 60’s comcis that he later sold to build his man-cave?

  3. DemetriosX Sep 2nd 2013 at 05:21 am 3

    tom @2 has it. Joe found a big stash of early 60s comics in some stuff his mother was going to toss. There were a lot of relatively uncommon comics in there and they sold the collection for quite a bit. After some discussion about who should get the money — Joe because he found the comics or Frank because they were his — they wound up using it to build a man-cave for Frank. It does have an early 60s vibe, though, with that flagstone fireplace and all. It’s also pretty darn big for the basement of a house in Philadelphia owned by a retired cop.

  4. Powers Sep 2nd 2013 at 09:03 am 4

    I’d mostly forgotten the details of that storyline, since it was last year; thanks, DemetriosX. Now the remaining question is: Why did Joe, when asked by Crunchy who did the work, respond with the guys who ‘financed’ it?

  5. Molly J Sep 2nd 2013 at 09:50 am 5

    Also, if someone could explain why this is funny? Thanks.

  6. Targuman Sep 2nd 2013 at 10:25 am 6

    @tom has it of course and it is funny because Crunchy wants to know who built it, who actually did all the work. Joe is pointing out that they were able to HIRE someone to do the work thanks to Lee and Kirby.

  7. padraig Sep 2nd 2013 at 10:58 am 7

    I thought maybe it was Joss Whedon’s house.

  8. Tom T. Sep 2nd 2013 at 12:25 pm 8

    Here is a guy who just paid for his daughter’s wedding with an Amazing Spider-Man #1.

  9. Mona Sep 2nd 2013 at 06:18 pm 9

    “Who did the work?” Stan Lee and Jack Kirby did the work - the comics. The guys found them and sold them to pay for the man cave. They did not do any work to earn the money to pay for it.
    Brings to mind the story of The Little Red Hen, although these guys are enjoying the fruits of someone else’s labor.

  10. Mark in Boston Sep 2nd 2013 at 07:17 pm 10

    I’ve got some old comics in boxes in the attic. But I know I also occasionally have mice in the attic. I’m kind of afraid to get one of the boxes and open it; the contents might be shredded to bits.

  11. Ian Osmond Sep 2nd 2013 at 07:39 pm 11

    Mark in Boston @ 10: You may as well look. The damage is done or it’s not — Schrodinger’s Cat doesn’t apply for rodent damage, since the mice would already have observed it.

  12. Todd Sep 4th 2013 at 05:23 am 12

    Was Iron Man a Kirby creation? I would think the expansive play room would be much more likely to be found in his book, as Iron Man was rich and liked to flaunt it. While Reed must have had money to take over several floors of the Baxter building, he would have invested more into research than comforts.

  13. Narmitaj Sep 4th 2013 at 08:29 am 13

    Apologies for mentioning this again when probably you’ve already mentioned it before here, but anyway, this plus Mark in Boston’s comment reminded me of the UK artist who ruined £20,000 worth of comics first editions he found in a skip by turning them into a papier mâché sculpture.

  14. Bob Sep 4th 2013 at 11:21 am 14

    It makes perfect sense if you also read this strip from two weeks earlier:

  15. Mark in Boston Sep 4th 2013 at 05:56 pm 15

    If the sculptor hadn’t retrieved the first-edition comics from the skip (Dumpster) they would have gone to the landfill, so I can’t say it’s his fault the comics were ruined. He just missed an opportunity to get a lot of money.

    Were they actually first editions? From the article it seems as though they were all the first numbers of their titles, like Avengers #1. From time to time those are available as reproductions. If I found a pile of comics, each the rarest number of its title, I would assume they were all reissues with little resale value.

  16. Keynote Sep 6th 2013 at 12:02 am 16

    Actually, the older feller kinda looks like Kirby. I wonder if he’s an intentional homage, a la Lt. Turpin in the Superman cartoon:

  17. Bob Sep 6th 2013 at 10:52 am 17

    @Keynote: You’re right, he does look like Jack. But Crunchy has been a regular character in the strip for years, long before the Lee & Kirby jokes started, so I doubt it.

  18. Meryl A Sep 8th 2013 at 01:48 am 18

    Stan Lee also has a number of movie appearance, mostly as himself or in quick cameos to his credit.

  19. BeckoningChasm Sep 9th 2013 at 11:13 am 19

    It looks like the layout of Avengers mansion, or the Fantastic Four’s Baxter Building;;ie, everything in one big room with no dividing walls.

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