Thursday, August 21, 2008

GHOST OF SOAPBOXES PAST

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?

Excelsior!
Smiley

4 comments:

Scott Edelman said...

ScottSorry to have to correct your memory, Stan, but the only "Gentleman" at Marvel was Gentleman Gene Colan! The nickname you gave me those many long years ago was "Sparkling," as in Sparking Scott Edelman.

Excelsior!

Stan the Man said...

I stand corrected, oh Sparkling One. Well, technically I'm sitting corrected, but you get the idea. See why I have so much trouble properly distributing credit? When you have the long term memory of a potted petunia, these things are bound to happen. My apologies to both you and Gentleman Gene!

Smiley

RoXr1138 said...

Hey Stan — any chance of posting the commercial? That would be awesome.

RoXr1138

Stan the Man said...

Speaking of sparkling sobriquets, yours is quite the typing challenge isn't it, RoXr? May I call you Roxie? Anyway Roxie, thankfully all video copies of my Personna Razor commercial seem to have disappeared down the misty corridors of time, unless some True Believer out there is sitting on an ancient video tape of it somewhere. Last time we got in a jam like this, Randy Rand Hoppe of the Jack Kirby Museum came up the missing historical footage... but that was a Kirby cameo, so I'll just throw it out there to all of Marveldom Assembled. Anyone got a clip of this gratuitous and glamorous TV commercial from 1976?

Smiley