ITEM! Here’s a biographical blast from the past... an original rough draft of one of my swingin’ Shakespearean soliloquies (otherwise known as Stan’s Soapbox) complete with hand-edits and a note to Archie Goodwin from John Verpoorten saying what our favorite production manager was always saying — hurry the heck up! Just for kicks, click here to see the published version for comparison (from comics published in Dec. 1976, natch), and as a special added bonus, see a magazine print ad that went hand-in-claw with the TV commercial (see below) that I’m yammering about at length in this particular Soapbox! Who could ask for anything more?
Before I forget, thanks to MMMS member-in-good-standing Richard Bensam for sending this into the ol’ Sock It To Stan email box, to Titanic Tom Spurgeon for running this story about it, and finally to former Marvel assistant editor Sparkling Scott Edelman for fishing this priceless artifact out of the Bullpen trash can and saving it all these years. Did yah see that? I just gave full credit to all parties involved! Who says this isn’t the Marvel Age of Old Dogs Learning New Tricks?