I put off listening to Fatman Beyond’s latest episode for as long as I could because the almost two-hourlong Stan Lee tribute episode would have left me in a pathetic puddle of tears any time sooner. The father of modern comics died on November 12 and the fandom’s been in mourning ever since. But if you’re trying to find any meaningful tribute, look no further than geek royalty Kevin Smith and radio presenter/ voice artist Marc Bernardin’s Fatman Beyond podcast, which is basically a recording of their live show at the Scum and Villainy Cantina, the famous geek bar in Los Angeles, fashioned after Star Wars’ Mos Eisley Cantina.
“This is the first morning of my life that I’ve woken up in a Stan Lee-less world and it is already a little less [expletive] colourful,” says Smith, and truer words haven’t been spoken.
The anecdote-filled piece begins with Smith’s first meeting with Stan on the set of his cult 1995 film Mallrats, in which Stan had an extended speaking cameo and one of his best cameos to date as well. The stories are funny, personal and inspirational, and for anyone who’s ever read a Marvel comic book or has enjoyed a Marvel movie, this makes for required listening.
So face front, true believers, and happy listening!