Just in case you missed it, Brian Dawkins had some heartfelt words for Stan Lee, the man responsible for helping craft his alter-ego, ‘The Wolverine’.
One could only imagine what it must be like to watch something you created turn into a billion-dollar franchise. For the late Stan Lee, that’s exactly what happened with Marvel Comics. He’s responsible or partially responsible for some of the most popular fictional characters that have ever been created in our culture, and those characters have entertained an inspired many, including former Philadelphia Eagles safety Brian Dawkins.
For many, Dawkins is their Eagle of all time, and it was his professionalism and tenure that made that a true statement. It would be his alter ego, ‘The Wolverine’ (or ‘Weapon X as he was also know), that would make him a legend.
Dawkins’ nicknames come from the Wolverine character created by Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas, writer Len Wein, and Marvel art director John Romita Sr who appeared in Lee’s vision, The X-Men.
Stan Lee’s not only responsible for the X-Men. He’s also given or helped give us Spider Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four, Black Panther, Daredevil, Iron Man and so many others.
He left us on November 12th of this year at the age of 95, but his legacy is that he’s often referred to as ‘The father of the American superhero’. Then, there’s Marvel Entertainment, where he served as the primary creative leader for two decades. That one will live on forever.
Just in case you missed it, Dawkins had some words for Eagles Nation and the man who inspired him and so many of the rest of us. Take a look at this one:
Marvel Comics has some similarities to football. It binds us, and regardless of where we’re from, what we’ve been through, how old we are or what color we are, we can all bind together, forget our differences and laugh, cry and cheer, even if we only do so for about three hours.
If you’re a nerdy kid, you can be Spider Man. If you’re the outcast, you understand the X-Men. If you have a handicap, you can be Daredevil. Stan Lee understood that. So did Brian Dawkins. Lee may be gone, but he’s in our hearts forever.