|Stan Lee and Hugh Hefner, Presumably Both Being Badass|
Since about 2005ish, I've toyed with the idea that most poeple are either a Stan Lee or a Hugh Hefner. I think I've finally got my reasoning down for this; however, I haven't fully vocalized it before, so hear me out, and feel free to leave a comment. I'd love some feedback on this.
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Stan Lee's been working in the comics industry for over 50 years. He's not only created some of the most recognizable and iconic characters ever, such as Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, and The X-Men, but he also helped to revolutionize comic books in the 1960's, a change which is still visible to this day. He has since separated from Marvel, creating his own multimedia comic book-inspired companies. I recently had the chance to see him at a Q & A session at this year's Megacon, and it was amazingly apparent that he loves what he does with all his heart, and that he continues to do so out of that love.
Hugh Hefner has been working in another side of the publishing industry for about just as long as Lee. He worked at Esquire in the early 1950's, but left there after being denied a raise. He took a chance, and created Playboy Magazine in 1953. In the following years, he turned Playboy into an internationally recognized brand and multimedia empire.
Now, let me say this: I respect Hugh Hefner for what he's created. He took a chance and did what he wanted to do, which is something I've touched on on this blog before. However, in recent years, he's come off to me as someone who is ruled by his image as a rich old man who always has beautiful young women around him. When he loses a blonde, he finds a new one. Even on the day of his wedding. Kudos to him for that, but it's not exactly how I see things in life.
In contrast, Stan Lee genuinely comes off as not caring about image, because he's too busy loving what he does. During that session, at no time did he seem like he was pandering to the fans, nor did he seem like he was trying to uphold some sort of image. He loves comics with all his heart, and wants to spread that love, with no regard for how he could be perceived by non-comic lovers, other than as a comic book enthusiast of the highest degree.
Given all that crap that I just wrote, that's why I think most people are either a Stan Lee or a Hugh Hefner. Both men have very similar characteristics and backgrounds, but ended up being different people. There are those of us who love what we love, and don't care what others think about it, and there are those who love what they love, but have an image that they feel a need to work hard on upholding. I guess I can sum it up like this: some people are about vision, and others are about image.
But whichever you may consider yourself, I'll say this: I'd take both of them as wacky uncles.