My Favorite Stan Lee Characters

Hello fellow comic book fans! It’s time for part 2 of my Stan Lee tribute. Being a huge comic book fan, I have loved many of his creations throughout the years. This post will be on my favorite of his characters. Now, let’s dive into Stan Lee’s amazing creations!

  • Juggernaut Real Name: Cain Marko Status: Villain Ht: 6’10 Wt: 900 lbs First Appeared: The X-Men #12- The Origin of Professor X (July 1st, 1965) Creators: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Powers/Abilities: Extraordinary Superhuman strength, Force field, Invulnerability, Superhuman Speed, Telepathy-blocking helmet 

Cain was the bullying stepbrother of Professor X. In his childhood, Cain was always the second favorite child, with his stepdad favoring his own son rather than him. Then, one unfortunate day, Cain set fire to his stepdad’s lab, and he died saving the boy. Many years later, Charles and Cain were drafted into the military, and it was there when he got his powers. After deserting his troops, he stumbled upon a cave, where he found a mystic gem. The gem gave him incredible strength, stamina, and protection, as well as causing a cave in which seemingly killed him. He escaped years later, with a furious temper, and revenge on his mind. He became a constant enemy of the X-Men, and has nearly defeated them on many occasions. 

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  • Black Panther Real Name: T’Challa Status: King of Wakanda and Hero First Appeared: Fantastic Four #52- Introducing the Sensational Black Panther (July 1st, 1966) Creators: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Powers/Abilities: Genius-like Intellect, Vibranium suit, Master of multiple martial arts, Superhuman agility, Enhanced senses, Weapons expert, Energy daggers, Anti-metal claws, Energy shield, Invisibility, Multilingual, Superhuman strength, Acute healing factor, Exceptionally Durable, Super speed, Superhuman Stamina

T’Challa was a Wakandan prince whose father was a superpowered monarch known as the Black Panther. The nation of Wakanda is technologically advanced due to the discovery of a mineral called Vibranium. T’Challa’s father used this mineral to empower the society, and tried to keep it under wraps from the rest of the world. Unfortunately, the villainous scientist, Ulysses S. Klaw, broke into Wakanda, and killed the prince’s father. Thinking fast, T’Challa turned Klaw’s sound based weapon against him, destroying his right hand in the process. With no one to rule Wakanda, T’Challa performed the sacred ritual into become Wakanda’s new king. Upon claiming the throne, the prince was given the Heart-shaped Herb, an incredibly powerful item that gives the user significantly enhanced physical capabilities. The Fantastic Four visited Wakanda, and were quickly defeated by T’Challa. The king then explained that he was testing the Superhero team to see if they were capable of taking down Klaw. The team became quick friends with T’Challa, and still team up with him on many missions. He also made friends with Captain America, and helped him take down an imposter. Shortly after, T’Challa joined the Avengers, and became a very powerful team member, while continuing to rule over Wakanda. I highly recommend watching Black Panther to get some more information on this awesome and unique superhero.

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Asher’s Jukebox Part 180

You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid by The Offspring Released: September 4th, 2008 From the album “Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace” Genre: Punk Rock Songwriter: Dexter Holland Producer: Bob Rock

This is a great song by Punk Rock band, The Offspring. I remember listening to this song countless numbers of times when it first came out, and I have to say, its aged quite well. The overall energy and message that song brings really causes one’s morale to boost. The song starts with Holland’s passionate vocals, and then a groovy guitar starts playing. Everybody seems to remember the chorus, and I absolutely adore it. I believe the message of the song is to not take life for granted and become successful while still looking out for possible roadblocks in your way. I highly recommend this song to everyone, and would love to hear what you think of it in the comments’ section below.

Asher’s Trip To China Part 2

Hello everyone, and welcome to part 2 of my China trip! I am overjoyed at the response of the first part, and hope that you enjoy this one too. Now, let’s continue this awesome journey!

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  • A very cool totem that is near the Forbidden Temple. I love the use of dragons that circle around the massive structure.

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  • I love the architecture of this building, and the dragons give it a very powerful aura.

 

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  • Another excellent form of architecture with very beautiful tiles.

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  • This is a beautiful bowl that’s made out of white jade. In ancient China, jade was considered to be the most expensive material.

 

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Amazing Buddhas from the Palace Museum.

 

Part 3 coming soonish

Awesome Comic Book Characters (Every Other Tuesday)

Hello fellow comic book fans! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more awesome characters. Now, let’s begin!

  • Lifeguard Real Name: Heather Cameron Status: Hero (Former Lifeguard) Ht: 5’10” Wt: 156 lbs First Appearance: X-Treme X-Men #6 – Paradise Lost! ( December 1, 2001) Powers/Abilities: Subconscious manifestation of whatever power or ability is necessary in a given situation.

Heather was a lifeguard that lived in Australia with her brother, Davis. After her father was killed by the Chinese Triad, Heather and her brother were saved by the X-Men. Her powers, while incredibly useful, transform her into an alien-like entity. Heather briefly became a member of the team, but left when she found out that she was half alien. She now resides on Utopia with her brother and boyfriend. 

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  • Bible John Real Name: John Carik Status: Vampire Hunter and friend of Blade Ht: 5’10” Wt: 170 lbs First Appeared: Blade I # 1 (1994) Powers/Abilities: Precognitive dreams, Mystical tomes and weapons, Protect wards against magic

Bible John is a guardian of a gargantuan library known as Chiaroscuro. The library is used as headquarters for a mystic group of people called the Cathari. His knowledge of the undead, and incredible holy weapons have proven to be quite useful against vampires. He has become a very good friends with Blade, and helps him against evil on multiple occasions.

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Asher’s Art Gallery (Every Other Monday)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome paintings. Now, have fun exploring my Gallery!

  • Eco Atlas by Alex Grey (2017) Mediums: Spiritual and Psychedelic art

This impressive work was created by “Psychedelic Artist”, Alex Grey. Grey is incredibly popular in the music industry for providing art work for many album covers, including Lateralus (Tool), Untying the Not (The String Cheese Incident), and III Communication (The Beastie Boys). His work reminds me a bit of Larry Carlson’s but with its own unique twist. This specific painting absolutely blew me away when I first locked eyes upon in. It depicts a transparent humanoid with its rib cage, nerves, and brain visible. Grey adds heavy detail to each of these areas, which really makes it stand out. The humanoid is holding up what appears to be the Earth, and has a determined expression on its face. The Earth is anything but normal, as it’s covered with eyes that follow your every move. The work is covered in a very misty blue that gives it a mysterious vibe. I also adore the blend of realism with the Earth, and surrealism with the trippy designs. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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  • La lumiere, la solitude by Yves Tanguy (1940) oil on canvas

This is a beautiful work by “French Surrealist”, Tanguy. It depicts a gorgeous, rainbow sky with a multicolored ground. Placed on said ground are a variety of different sculptures. The sculptures all appear to be connected by a razor-thin wire, and some are shaped like pieces of candy. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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Asher’s Jukebox Part 179

Dream Catcher by Bassnectar & Gnar Gnar from the album Unlimited Released (June 17th, 2016) Genres: Electronic, dubstep, drum step, glitch, trip hop, and downtempo. Produced by Lorin Ashton under the label, Amorphous Music

What can I say about Bassnectar? He’s easily one of my favorite Electronic musicians of all time. My best friend introduced me to his music many years ago, and I’ve loved him ever since. The man’s real name is Lorin Ashton, and he has some of the most epic hair in music today. He’s extremely active on social media, as well, and is very kind to his fans, which are known as “Bassheads”. I got to see Lorin at the Electric Forest last year, and his concert blew me away. As his name suggests, his music is very bass heavy, and you can hear the pulse-pounding beat for miles. This particular song is one of my favorites off of the album, and I’ve listened to it countless times. It starts with a base-heavy beat that gradually amps up in volume. The beat continues to build up, and the sound gets intense. It does this for about a minute, and then the drop happens. Our ears are met with an incredibly intense beat and epic synthesizer. I highly recommend this piece to anyone who loves intense Electronic music. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

 

 

 

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Asher’s Adventures In Thailand (Temple of The Emerald Buddha) aka (Wat Phra Kaew)

One of the most amazing things about Thailand was the various temples scattered throughout the country. This particular place moved me on an emotional and spiritual level. I took many pictures there, and will be discussing them below. Keep in mind that I wasn’t able to take pictures of the titular Buddha due to the amazing importance to Buddhism and Thai culture. Now, let’s begin this spiritual adventure!

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(This was the view of the temple from the outside, and it completely blew me away. The preservation of the temple is incredible, and its elegant design makes it a very popular monument.)

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(As we travel into the temple, there are many Buddhas scattered around, and each of them look different. This photo is of one of these Buddhas, and it seems to emit a serene aura. Also, behind it is a tower made out of pure gold. It’s nearly too beautiful for words.)

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(This fearsome looking creature is known as a Yaksha. Yaksha are sacred guardians of temples that ward off bandits.)

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(Here’s another picture of the interior. As you can see, many people came to the temple, to admire and respect the Buddhas. I absolutely adore the gold plated towers, and have never seen anything like it before.)

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(This particular picture is of the decor of the Grand Palace. The roof looks as if it were made out of dragon scales or ribbon candy. If you look closer, you can see the dragon insignia on each arch way. 

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(This final picture is of a golden walkway that leads to another Buddha. As you can see, the structures seem completely untouched for thousands of years.)