Tuesday, 7 October 2014


Stan 'the Man' Lee certainly knows how to
react to a camera pointing in his direction

Just time for a quick post to allay fears that I've disappeared
off the face of the globe or have turned up my tootsies.  Way back
in November of 1991, STAN LEE visited Glasgow's FORBIDDEN
PLANET to promote the late LES DANIELS' book, MARVEL -
COMICS.  Why Stan and not Les, you may wonder.  Simply put,
Stan was a bigger draw than Les - and he had written the intro,
so his presence wasn't entirely without merit.

Also in attendance that day were SPIDER-MAN, GRANT
MORRISON, MARK MILLAR and myself, as well as genial host
JIM HAMILTON, well-known proprietor of the city's FP store.  I
assumed the role of unelected 'official' photographer, and snapped
around a dozen photos of the event.  (Well, that's not quite true -
obviously the pics of me and Stan together [and Spidey] were
taken by someone else - but with my camera.)

And just in case you're reading this, Jim, two new A4 copies
of the photos of you and Stan will be winging their way to you in
the post tomorrow - so that's something you can look forward to. 
And if you're a comics fan who lives in Scotland, why not pay a
visit to FP at the earliest opportunity?  Go on - splash some
cash around and make yourself feel good.

Spidey hogs a little attention while Stan is distracted

Jim trying to memorise how Stan writes his signature

"Great store you have here!" says Stan, in an unsolicited testimonial

Grant and Stan have appeared together at conventions
quite a few times since this picture was taken, I believe

"Come back when you're more famous!" jokes Stan with Mark

I suspect Spidey may have been a 'ringer' - he had an English accent

You can't quite see the fiver Stan's handing me to pose with him

Me and Stan - the best of pals.  "Who is this guy?" he's thinking

"Wish I'd brought a rubber stamp with my name on it!" thinks Stan

Sadly, I don't think these two wannabes ever amounted to much

Finally, here's Jim Brown with Stan, looking
happy as Larry (Lieber, perhaps?) 


Arfon Jones said...

Excellent! and what great photos?! It was around this time I was wondering if I would ever get to meet Stan! 23 years later... Excellent post sir :)

Jim Brown said...

The man who time forgot was / is Jim Brown. (me)

Kid said...

Thanks, AJ - glad you enjoyed it.


I'll change the caption when I get a minute, JB. What did you do again, so that I can give you credit for it?

Colin Jones said...

What a fascinating set of photos - the young Grant Morrison and Mark Millar together and Stan Lee and yourself looking strikingly handsome and dapper there, Kid ! To me the "real life" Spidey mask always looks a bit strange with the nose poking through the material which you never see in the comics - which is why superheroes always look better in comics !

John Pitt said...

I've seen you with Stan before, but it's good to see more photos of the day. I love the man and won't hear a bad word said about him for the sheer joy he has given to humanity.
Now, what was the name of that other "person" ? Ike ? Nah, forgotten him already. He is NOTHING to me!
Anyway, hope things are on the up for you, Kidda ( as we say up here in the North East . One day I MUST comment in our own language!! )

Kid said...

Regarding Spidey's mask, CJ, because of the way Ditko (in particular) drew Spidey's head in profile, it was always pretty obvious to me that he had a nose. Harder to show from the front 'though, in line art with flat colour. As for me looking dapper - I was freelancing for Marvel at the time, so I had to dress up for the 'boss'.


I hear that Ike is going to cancel the Fantastic Four mag so as not to give free publicity to the new movie in development, JP, which isn't being made by Marvel Studios. You'd have thought a good businessman would have realised that the comic would benefit more from the movie than vice versa.

cerebus660 said...

Great photos, Kid! Stan IS the Man!

And Grant Morrison... with hair! :-)

Kid said...

That's only a skin-cap he wears nowadays, Cer, in order to look more like Professor X.

moonmando said...

Glad you are back Kid! i do`nt always post but i do like to read your musings.Also,your babe of the day never fails to bring a smile.

Kid said...

Not quite back yet, Moony - still attending to unforeseen circumstances. I'll try and rustle up a babe when I get a spare mo.

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