The San Diego Comic-Con kicked off yesterday and I thought this weekend would be a good time to induct the July 2013 member of the TV Crossover Hall of Fame, a man who has made it possible for so many super heroes from the universe of comic books to become a part of the TV Universe known as the Toobworld Dynamic:
Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber; born December 28, 1922) is an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor, voice actor and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.
In collaboration with several artists, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, and many other fictional characters, introducing complex, naturalistic characters and a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books. In addition, he headed the first major successful challenge to the industry's censorship organization, the Comics Code Authority, and forced it to reform its policies. Lee subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.
He was inducted into the comic book industry's The Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995.
And now he's joined the TV Crossover Hall of Fame as a member of the League of Themselves! To top it off, he not only made a name for himself in Earth Prime-Time, but in several other TV dimensions as well, like the Tooniverse and the world of stop-motion!
Here's a list of reasons why, True Believers:
(In which we learned that Stan the Man was a spy!)
'The Big Bang Theory'
(Only part of this interview made it into the episode.)
I'm going to side with the idea that it's the same Stan Lee of Marvel Comics as seen in 'Entourage' and 'The Big Bang Theory', but as a spy he also wanted the chance to go into space based on his "scientific research".
Either that or his mind was entering the early delusional stages of dementia. Like Comic Book Guy observed, maybe his mind was no longer in mint condition......
As a bonus, here's that same scene as seen in Deutsche Toobworld, the TV dimension in which Germany conquered Earth in World War II:
'The Spectacular Spiderman'
As you can see, Stan Lee and Spidey confirmed that there are alternate TV dimensions springing forth from the Tooniverse. Still another reason why he deserves this honor!
Stan Lee's toon avatar was a serlinguist!
The live-action Stan Lee also showed off his serlinguistic skills in this series as he observed the action over in the Tooniverse:
THE STOP-MOTION WORLD
This tribute to the Generalissimo is long overdue. I actually thought I would get around to it a couple of years later. But better late than never, I say.
But an even better thing to say, in honor of our inductee, is:
Welcome to the TV Crossover Hall of Fame!