Well, the original Captain Marvel (Shazam) debuted in the early forties and was very popular, Official RIP Stan Lee excelsior shirt. I believe he was outselling Superman at one point. So it’s likely John at least knew about him and possibly have read some of his comics. Marvel’s Captain Marvel debuted in December 1967 so it was probably unlikely he was talking about him. I think Paul was more the comics guy. Magneto may be well known but Titanium Man and Crimson Dynamo certainly aren’t. He even met Jack Kirby backstage I believe. eorge knew who Captain Marvel was, so maybe they all did? When Paul was working on the lyrics to Let It Be, Paul was trying to figure out what to say where he ended up choosing Mother Mary. John suggested Bloody Mary, George suggested Captain Marvel.
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Paul also has a song called Magneto and Titanium Man, which refers to the characters in the title, as well as Crimson Dynamo. Official RIP Stan Lee excelsior shirt. Stan Lee, who created all three characters, loved the song. Paul gave tickets to Jack Kirby (another Marvel legend) and met with him during a Wings tour, as Kirby’s daughter was a big fan of Paul. Kirby gave Paul a drawing he made of Paul and Linda in return. I’ll admit it. I work as a commercial artist/graphic designer and I you can still influences of McFarlane, Larson and Bagley in my art.
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I have a fun story of my encounter with Stan. Official RIP Stan Lee excelsior shirt. Last year, I attended one of the “Breakfast with Stan Lee” events that he held at conventions across the country. I didn’t care how much it cost, I was going to be there since this was one of his final convention visits. The package included a breakfast buffet followed by a Q&A with Stan, 1 item to be autographed and 1 photo op and was limited to about 100 people at the event. Anyway, during his Q&A, a woman stood up and said she and her husband were celebrating 20 years together and that they wanted to renew their wedding vows. The woman then asked what it would take for Stan to renew their vows. Without hesitation, Stan stood up and said I’ll do it right now.
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His handlers helped him over to the couple where they both stood in tears as he walked them through their vow renewals. Official RIP Stan Lee excelsior shirt. He couldn’t have been a nicer man to all of us that day. So that’d mean that Avengers 4 would be the last one? In some ways, that almost seems… fitting. I’m hoping that they find some way to still honor him even after, though. Sort of like how the Netflix series have him show up in pictures and advertisements. I want our heroes to radomly stumble on stan lee’s photos of him, in news paper, tv, art gallery, wanted posters.