Mount Rushmore of Nerdom: Stan Lee

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Mount Rushmore of Nerdom: Stan Lee

Well, who didn’t see this one coming?

I thought about making this write-up a simple “’nuff said” but that didn’t seem fair.  Marvel Comics revolutionized the way stories in comics were told.  Taking the approach of throwing everything at the wall and seeing what actually stuck, Stan Lee would go on to co-create some of America’s most well-known icons in Spider-Man, The Hulk and the Fantastic Four. But he didn’t stop there. In fact, the man has never stopped. Still rockin’ and rollin’, he continues to create and entertain.

By the way, if you’re on the Twitter and you’re not following @smilinstanlee, then you have someone new you need to go follow.

Painting by William S. Wiist

So that wraps up the Mount Rushmore of Nerdom.  The cool thing about this exercise is that one could do this again and come up with a completely different, yet totally valid list.  There have been over 40 presidents, yet only four faces on the actual Mount Rushmore.  The same goes for Nerdom, there are countless number of people who contributed largely, but I could only choose four faces. Here’s a list of just a few of the others considered for the painting:

Jules Verne
H.G. Wells
Isaac Asimov
Lee Falk
Alex Raymond
Jack Kirby
Gene Roddenberry
Buster Crabbe
George Reeves
William Shatner

We want to hear from you now! Who do you not agree with? Who should have been on there that wasn’t?

By | 2017-03-17T01:00:48+00:00 February 4th, 2010|Categories: Article|Tags: , , |4 Comments

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  1. Jeeg February 23, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    And from the world of videogames, I'd put Shigeru Miyamoto onto the list of nominees. Most of his stuff is not my cup of Mountain Dew, but no other video game creator has reachrd his level of influence or notoriety.

  2. Jeeg February 23, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    Even I wouldn't put him on the mountain, but I think Vince McMahon deserves honorable mention. All indications are that he's a megalomaniacal jerk, but he's also the primary person responsible for what our generation knows as professional wrestling.

  3. Carlin February 23, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    Thanks for stopping by Drunken Scholar. You know, I hadn't thought about "Mount Rushmore of Nerdom" T-shirts. I'm gonna have to look into that…

  4. Drunken Scholar February 23, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    This is awesome. I totally wanted to make a tshirt with this exact idea. looks like someone beat me to it. 🙁

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