Panel from "The Disc Jockey's Delight!" in Kathy #22 (Marvel, April 1963), script by Stan Lee, pencils and inks by Stan Goldberg
Bobby Darin, one of my very favorite vocalists, would have been 80 years old today.
Panels from "Bobby Darin" in Ms. Tree [Rock & Roll] Summer Special #1 (August 1986), script by Max Allan Collins, pencils by Terry Beatty
Much of Max Allan Collins's narrative of his love for Darin's music in this touching story parallels my discovery and love for Darwyn Cooke's work.
It occurs to me that our generation and fandom will define our aging by our discovery of, love for, and the deaths of our comics creator icons, who pass mostly unknown by the general public but mourned and beloved by our close group, united by awe and admiration.
May we remember, every time we hear a song by Bobby Darin or one of our favorite musicians passed, or read the comics of Darwyn Cooke or another lost creator, the joy and excitement of our first discovery of them, a epiphany that followed throughout our fandom.
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