Nicole Embrey

Nicole is currently an adjunct English instructor at various community colleges. Aspiring to be more than just a teacher, she likes to say she is a "storyteller in training." The stories bouncing around in her head range from a collection of mythical "creature features" to an intensely personal (yet fictional) story about ghosts and clairvoyance. In her spare time, she absorbs anything pop culture, often jumping into new fandoms with reckless abandon. In fact, she is a proud rêveur (which simply means her favorite book is Night Circus).

From Amora to Zatanna: December 2013


Nicole Neitzke
Nicole Neitzke

Hello all! This is your monthly comic fanatic blogger, Nicole Neitzke, reporting for her first blog entry! First, let me introduce myself by briefly sharing my “geek cred” so that you all know where I stand with my comic knowledge. As a kid, I read specific comics, mainly Spiderman and Xmen, and stuck with what I liked. This cultivated an almost unhealthy obsession with Spiderman, who is in fact my favorite superhero still. As I grew older, however, I ventured out and read about other superhero teams and universes entirely. As of now, I am more knowledgable about the Marvel universe and everything encompassed in it, while my DC knowledge is still growing. However, I really do enjoy the “adult” branch of DC known as Vertigo, and I feel that I have a decent grip on the ins-and-outs of that comic franchise. (There are obviously more comic brands, but I’m sure we will discuss those in detail later.) I am always willing to expand my comic knowledge and would appreciate any and all feedback you, the readers, might have for me.

Now enough about me for now, we have ample time to get to know one another. Let’s talk about someone who has made a major impact on the comic community as we know it and is celebrating his 91st birthday today. That’s right, he is your Generalissimo and mine, Stan (the Man) Lee.

In celebration of his birthday, I wanted to share five things you “may not” know about Stan Lee:

1. On this day 91 years ago, Stanley Martin Lieber was born, but you may know him better as Stan Lee. Stan needed to create a pen name for his comic career, and so he took his first name and split it. He wanted to save his real name for a more prominent position, such as his acting career. Needless to say, we all pretty much know who “Stan Lee” is.

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2. When Stan started in the comic biz, he worked as an assistant for Joe Simon and Jack Kirby of Timely Comics, which was known for its Captain America comic book (so no, Stan did not create Captain America). Once the duo left the company, Stan was promoted to interim editor and eventually made Marvel Comics what it is today.

3. Stan Lee was in the military with Dr. Seuss during World War II. No really, just watch his Netflix documentary “With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story.” He worked mainly on training manuals and pamphlets, but did the occasional cartooning job.