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  • Rest In Peace

    Rest In Peace

    When it comes to the world of Comic Books the man who started it all was the legendary "Stan Lee".    He died this week at the great age of 95.

    Stan Lee was born into this world as Stanley Martin Lieber.  He started "Marvel Comics" in the 1960s.    He originally set out to be a serious novel and things lead to the creation of"Marvel Comics" and the incredible characters of "Thor", "Iron Man", "Captain America", "Captain Marvel" and "The Black Panther" amongst others. 

    He started at "Timely Comics" in 1939 as an assistant. By the 1960's the company was transformed into "Marvel Comics".   

    During his lifetime he served in the "Signal Corps" in the US Army.  He married Joan Clayton Boocock December of 1947.   Shortly after that they moved to California.   They had two daughters. His one daughter died shortly after her birth.  Another daughter, Joan Celia Lee was involved with Marvel and at one time worked as a model.   

     Joan Lee died in July of 2017 at the age of 95.  

    Though the comics did well but Stan Lee came into the biggest prominence when his Super Heroes became movies.   20 movies have been made in the Marvel Universe.  Some have been quite successful in the case of "The Avengers ", "Iron Man", and  "The Black Panther."  Others like "The Fantastic Four" and "The Incredible Hulk" didn't fare well at the box office but Marvel Pictures is the crown jewel of Walt Disney films.

    One of the things that was cool was that "Stan Lee" or as one of his nicknames 
    "Stan The Man" appeared in most of the Marvel movies.  You never knew what he was going to do. 

    He was a dog walker in "Venom", A shrinking car owner in "Antman and The Wasp", and a bus driver in "The Avengers - The Infinity War".  You never knew where he was going to appear but it would always make you laugh.   After his wife Joan died it was said that Stan Lee's caregivers were less than honorable.  It's a bit of a controversy.   

    Stan Lee's last on screen appearence will bein "The Madness In The Method" .  It supposed to be released this year. 

     

    Stan Lee-  We will miss you but your stories will live on forever.

     

    Bye Bye Bella!!!

     

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  • The Grinch

    The Grinch

    Animated

    Bella Gives this:


    5 Paw

    "Illumination Film Studios" entered the entertainment scene with the huge hit
    "Despicable Me" starring Steve Carrell as  "Gru".   It was released in 2010.  It was a big hit and since then there has been "Despicable Me 2, Despicable Me 3, The Minions, Sing" and others. 

    "The Minions" give me a headache so I wasn't looking forward to "The Grinch" but it was great.  "The Grinch" was voiced by legendary actor, Benedict Cumberbatch.  He was touch but fun. 

    The cast also included singer Pharrell Williams was  "The Narrator", "Donna Who" was voiced by Rashida Jones, and Angela Landsbury voiced "Mayor Merkle".   

    The movie's animation was excellent.   I saw the "Jim Carrey" version was not as good but I watched it anyone.  The story was this one was much warmer . Dr.Seuss should be impressed. 

    The movie was very sweet.   The ending was great.   It totally entertained.   

    I am not the biggest fan of animation but "The Grinch" was wonderful.

     

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