When I was a young boy, I had a hard time reading. Nothing kept my attention span. Nothing made me want to dive into a book. I’d rather watch tv, play video games, work on my computer, play basketball, or practice drums. Reading wasn’t my thing.
As I grew older, I was told I needed reading classes at Bangor High School. This was fine with me, but still didn’t make me want to read anymore than I already had. Reading was just not for me. This changed when I discovered comic books. Not just any comic book, Marvel Comics.
Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and many more knew how to draw (no pun intended) in young Justin. From Stan Lee’s creation of certain characters and placing them in the REAL world (ie. New York, not made up Gotham City), to Kirby and Ditko’s ability to illustrate them in a way that made them real to me.
Marvel Comic Books gave me the ability to get intrenched in something that would fit my attention span and made me a part of another world.
The greats at Marvel put characters in a world that I was living in and created a universe that interconnected in a way that I could read multiple different comic books, set in the same timeline and world. I could pick up Thor and read about the God of Thunder battling alongside Wolverine and the X-Men. Then I could pick up a X-Men comic book and read their side of the battle. It was never-ending.
Additionally, Marvel has great story arcs that made the ability to dive deep into something even greater.
All books were only a few pages long and kept my attention span for the length of the book, but I wanted to come back for more.
Marvel has continued for many years to capture my attention. I still collect Marvel comic books, I have rare comics (X-Men #266, Hulk #271, among others), I have meaningless comics, but I have mostly Marvel Comics (have a few Walking Dead and Spawn comics from Image Comics).
The industry has changed. Comic books aren’t something that many kids jump into these days. However, with the creation of Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel has been able to capture my mind all over again and hopefully push some kids into the greatness that is Marvel Comics.
Marvel movies are some of my favorite movies. The entire Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) have been the only movies I am guaranteed to see in the theaters. I will be there opening day, ready to take in the entertainment. Yes, some of the storylines, characters and movies have been alright, but for the most part I have loved every-single-one.
Entering 2018 I had a few things I was exited for in the new year. Towards the top of the list is the release of Black Panther (February), Avengers: Infinity War (May), and Ant-Man and the Wasp (July). Additionally, I am excited to open our new Orono Brewing Co. facility in the Spring, but that was a given. Even going to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I was more excited to see the Infinity War trailer on the big screen (watch in below)!
This blog wasn’t put together very well, or laid out in any order. It was a mind dump about how grateful I am for something as simple as Marvel. Stan Lee and the others putting together Marvel is some of the reason I am who I am today and I am proud of that. I have a passion for something and its thanks to them.
I have two brothers. As we grew older and farther apart (physically…I moved to Massachusetts and then back to Maine) there were few things that we could keep connected on in life. One being music, the other the Boston Celtics (or basketball) and the final one, especially with my older brother, was comic books. I love my brothers.
I know some people think Marvel Studios has gone on too long with MCU and other Marvel projects, but don’t stop. With the way this world is now, give me something to take my mind off of it and be entertained with Super Heroes. Let me have my three MCU movies per year to look forward to and be entertained. Keep it going. Don’t stop.
This blog has gone on long enough. I recently watched the entire MCU collection from the beginning with Iron Man (2008) until Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). It made me realize that I have a huge passion for the artwork that has been put into not only the great comic books, but the cinematic features as well. The world might be in a pickle right now, but I am happy to be living in a world that has my Marvel Comic Books and Marvel Studios.
Thank you Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Joe Quesada, John Romita Sr., John Romita Jr., Brian Michael Bendis, Todd McFarlane (who later founded my other favorite comic book company Image), George Perez, Kevin Feige, Jon Favreau, Joss Whedon, James Gunn, Anthony and Joe Russo, and so many more.
“With great power comes great responsibility.”