SDCC 2021: Stan Lee, Marvel, and Rolling Stone: 50th Anniversary

Marvel Rolling Stone 1971 cover


One of the benefits of San Diego Comic-Con being a virtual convention is that the panels are not flashes in a pan. You don’t have the dilemma of passing on one to see another. Or if you had summer plans, panels are still there for people to watch when time allows. Here at Fangirls Going Rogue, we want to help optimize your time. Which panels are a right fit for you? These short reviews will hopefully aim you in the right direction.

The Stan Lee, Marvel, and Rolling Stone: 50th Anniversary panel aired on July 23, 2021. From its description:

Fifty years ago, a Herb Trimpe-drawn Hulk graced the coveted cover of the hip Rolling Stone magazine’s September 16, 1971 issue. The issue featured an insider’s POV article about Stan Lee and Marvel by Lee’s former assistant, Robin Green (successor to Fabulous Flo Steinberg), who went on to great success as writer/producer for The Sopranos and other landmark TV series. Looking back at the article’s creation and historical significance are Robin Green (The Sopranos), Roy Thomas (first Marvel EIC after Stan Lee), and former Marvel bullpenners Linda Fite (Claws of the Cat), Jean Thomas (Night Nurse), and Mimi Gold (Black Widow). Danny Fingeroth (A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee) moderates.

Who is this panel for?

Now, trajectories of Marvel and Rolling Stone seemed intertwined, from the in-movie Tony Stark cover in Iron Man to the real-life covers that accompany movies like Black Panther and Captain Marvel. But that wasn’t always the case, when Robin Greenwood was tasked with writing a feature on the comics company in 1970. The article was so outside the normal fare for the magazine that the article was held until the summer of 1971, seen as a low sales time. The panel gives plenty of context for the era and the company. At times, it feels like you’re sitting among a group of long lost friends, but for anyone interested in the history of the Marvel franchises and comics in particular this panel is worth some of the slower moments.

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