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 181

Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? by Moby from the album “Play” (October 11, 1999)

Good old Moby! He’ s not only one of my favorite Electronic musicians of all time, but one of my first experiences with that genre as a whole. This album, “Play” was played (no pun intended) many times on long car journeys. I already talk about two other Moby tracks on the jukebox before from his third album, “Everything is Wrong”. This song, is absolutely beautiful, and gives off a melancholic vibe. Moby usually uses gospel singers in his music, and this piece is no exception. The entire song has a very melodic piano playing, and it echoes sounds of bittersweet happiness. The lyrics, while repeated many times, are super powerful, and send chills down my spine. The chorus will also hit you right in the heart, and stay with you for a long time after listening. I would really like to hear what you guys think of the piece in the comments’ section below.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiYsNKM1rbeAhUEZd8KHYxLDRwQyCkwAHoECAYQBQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Do1Xsj9-3Pvo&usg=AOvVaw0Lyavowgg3uLi3I–0jksx

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 amazing paintings. Now, have fun exploring the gallery!

  • Peptic Ulcer by Jean-Michel Basquiat (Part of The Daros Suite of Thirty-two Drawings) 1982-83 Acrylic, oil paintstick, pastel, crayon, charcoal, and pencil on paper

This is a great work by “Master Surrealist”, Basquiat. This particular piece has a lot of emphasis on anatomy. His usual tropes are seen in the piece, such as, repeated text, and complex designs. I especially love his morbidly adorable depictions of various organs and teeth. The strangest object in the painting would have to be the chainsaw that’s located near the leftmost corner. I would love to hear what you guys think of this work in the comments’ section below.

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  • The Knife Grinder by Kasimir Malevich Oil on Canvas 1912-13 Genre: Cubo-Futurism 

This work is extremely fascinating in design, and I love Malevich’s intricate shapes and use of fractals. The repetition of some of the objects make the main figure appear to be in multiple dimensions, and this is awesome. I also adore his choice of colors, being metallic blue, silvers, bronzes, and golds. This really adds to the industrial appeal of the work. He clearly is influenced by Escher, and the entire piece almost seems like a love letter to his trippy geometric patterns and shapes. If you really examine the piece, you can see what appears to be a man working on a knife with a saw. I might want to dedicate a topic to this specific style of art, and would love to hear your thoughts about that idea and this piece in the comments’ section below.

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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

Crappy Video Game Art (Every Other Wednesday)

Hello fellow video game fans! It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more crappy art. Now, let’s begin!

  • Mystery of the Druids For The PC Release Date: September 14th, 2001 Rated M Developed by House of Tales Genre: Adventure

Mystery of the Druids is a buggy mess of a Point-and-click adventure game. The characters look like shit, and the game crashes quite often. It has gained infamy among the internet for having one of the worst covers in video game history. The cover depicts a supposed “druid” with an incredibly stupid expression on his face. I definitely don’t want to play it after seeing the cover.

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  • Dr. Sudoku for the Game Boy Advance Released: August 26th, 2006 Rated E Published by 505 Games Genre: Puzzle

This is a very obscure GBA game with a pretty horrible cover. It features a Japanese man with a cartoony mouth. Various numbers are spewing out, and the title of the game is erupting out of his head. 

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Asher’s Favorites (Webtoons Edition Part 1)

Hello fellow followers, and welcome to a very special post! I have always been a huge fan of Manga, and when I heard about Webtoons from The Anime Man, I about fainted right then and there! Webtoons is a free comic platform for the iOS and Android that houses stories from around the world. It started as a platform for only Korean comics, (Manhwa), but it now has reached a global market. The app has numerous genres of comics and many different writing styles. I guarantee that you’ll find something you love, and I’d love to hear about it in the comments’ section below. The following are some of my favorites webtoons, and a short summary of each. Don’t worry though, I won’t go into spoilers.

  • Bastard by Youngchan Hwang and Carnby Kim Genres: Horror, Thriller, Tragedy, Mature, Manhwa 

Bastard is an incredible comic about a troubled teenager named Jin Seon. We learn from the beginning that terrible things are happening behind closed doors. What starts as a standard murder mystery soon escalates into a much darker event that will leave the readers on edge. If you love Psychological Thrillers, I can’t recommend this series enough. I’m being as vague as possible, because everything else is a major spoiler. The writing is incredible, and I could totally see this comic becoming a film. Final Rating 10/10 (Flawless!) Posted below is the link to the online version of the comic. Started June 8th, 2015 Complete as of May 19, 2017 with 93 Episodes

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjDvsSktKLdAhXqhlQKHcmKAFYQFjACegQIARAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fthriller%2Fbastard%2Fep-0%2Fviewer%3Ftitle_no%3D485%26episode_no%3D1&usg=AOvVaw26joiLKwS2vdFKhzUIc-c4

 

  • Adventures of God by Teo and Corey Genres: Comedy, Satire, ParodyDark Humor

This particular comic had me laughing from chapter one, and I adore the hidden undertones. As the name suggests, Adventures of God is about God and his family up in heaven. Satan also makes many appearances in the comic, and he’s absolutely hilarious. God is depicted as a bit of a drunkard, whose problems are usually solved by his assistant, Gabe. The comic also parodies many important events in religious history, such as Adam & Eve, and Noah’s ark. The art style reminds me a lot of Family Guy, and I think that it perfect for this kind of story. I highly recommend this comic to people who want a good laugh, and don’t get offended by religious satire. Final Verdict 9.5/10 (Comedy Gold) Started November 14th, 2016 Updated every Tuesday and Saturday Total Episodes So Far: 165

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwi8zPH4uaLdAhXS31QKHTZKBJUQFjACegQIBxAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fcomedy%2Fadventures-of-god%2Fep-1-answering-prayers%2Fviewer%3Ftitle_no%3D853%26episode_no%3D1&usg=AOvVaw2uoSwpJ9o6ofefdGFkD6Qc

 

  • Let’s Play by Mongie Genres: Romantic Comedy, Moe, Memes, Video Games

Now one for your gamers out there. This charming comic is about a game designer named Sam. Her life goes awry when a popular Let’s Player gives her first game a bad review. Then, the final nail in the coffin occurs when the Let’s Player becomes Sam’s new neighbor! Things to expect from this series; Nerd Culture, Adorable Dogs, and Relatable Characters. Final Verdict 8/10 (Very Good) Started November 6th, 2017 Updated every Tuesday Total Episodes: 43

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjL9q7qvaLdAhXIxlQKHVpODcsQFjABegQIBhAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fromance%2Fletsplay%2Fep-1-%2Fviewer%3Ftitle_no%3D1218%26episode_no%3D1&usg=AOvVaw3C1NUB8sMVailYnQC_2hEn

 

  • My Giant Nerd Boyfriend by fishball Genres: Comedy, Slice of life

This adorable comic depicts the daily life of Fishball, a 5’2” Malaysian artist with a 6’6” boyfriend. This comic really hit home for me because of its depiction of tall people problems. I’m 6’2”, and many of the events in the comic have happened to me. I also love the art style, which is very cute and Asian. I recommend this comic to absolutely everyone, and you’ll grow to love the characters very fast. Final Verdict 9.8/10 (Adorable art and a story that will make you feel warm and fuzzy) Started March 5th, 2017 Updates Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Total Episodes: 209

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=7&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjQl72CwaLdAhUDLXwKHfEUBhEQFjAGegQIAhAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fm.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fslice-of-life%2Fmy-giant-nerd-boyfriend%2F001-introduction%2Fviewer%3Ftitle_no%3D958%26episode_no%3D1&usg=AOvVaw28wbAKuu9b4PoJTjJcWiHG

  • HIVE by Kyusam Kim Genres: Horror, Thriller, Suspense, Giant Animals, Survival, Tragedy, Apocalyptic

If you have Apiphobia, stay far away from this comic! The story is about gigantic bees that take over the world. The main character, Lee, is trying to find his family, and the world is on the brink of collapse. It’s filled with plot twists, betrayals, awesome characters, mature content, and tons of crazy insects. It’s a hell of a ride that I recommend to lovers of The Walking Dead, Lord of the Flies, and Horror in general. Final Verdict 10/10 (Magnificent) Started on June 30th, 2014 Updates every Monday Total Episodes: 230

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwilrrD1xKLdAhVJ4VQKHVOjDfEQFjABegQIBhAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fthriller%2Fhive%2Fep-0%2Fviewer%3Ftitle_no%3D65%26episode_no%3D1&usg=AOvVaw3uLZdLwCfo_4BPowHev58O

 

  • Small World by Wonsun Jin Genres: LGBT, Slice of life, Heartwarming, 

Thanks to webtoon, I’ve been widening my horizons on comics, and reading more stories about Gay and Lesbian couples. I am a completely straight guy, but these comics are freaking amazing, and I really respect that they bring these relationships to the general public. This specific one is about Julien and Robin, a gay couple that have very different attitudes. Robin is very laid back and kind of shy, while Julien is extremely protective and hyper. They show their love for one another in completely different ways, and it’s always a joy to see how each character reacts to various events. I recommend this series to everyone, because it’s guaranteed to make you feel warm inside. Final Verdict 9.5/10 (Incredibly sweet and touching) Started on August 31st, 2017 Updates Every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday Total Episodes: 162

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjgh4O1yKLdAhWJCnwKHarLDJ8QjBAwAXoECAUQCA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fslice-of-life%2Fsmall-world%2Fep-1-rain%2Fviewer%3Ftitle_no%3D1159%26episode_no%3D1&usg=AOvVaw1SHG7D8tHd4PIGY7Xrpqru

Keep tune for part 2 coming up on Saturday!

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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