Stan Lee dies at 95 on Veteran’s Day 2018

I was at the Hicollector store when I got the news from my wife that Stan Lee had died.  She had texted me an article that she read online about his passing.  When I failed to respond she called me.  And although I was expecting this to happen for a few years now (especially that Stan Lee had cancelled his appearance at the Philippines Comic con due to health concerns), when my wife told me I was still a bit stunned.

This is because just like a lot of you, Stan Lee meant a lot to me – more so because his life’s work had truly changed my life.  That was because after that first comic book I read at age fifteen – comics would always be a part of me and my family’s life.

We were fortunate to have met this amazing creator…I was with my family at the time and will never forget that moment when I shook his hand and told Stan that he had been a great influence in my life.

Stan never got to write the great American novel like he wanted (He planned to use his real name Stanley Martin Lieber to author the book), but Lee did something greater – he was an inspiration to us all.  And although he has now joined his beloved wife in the great unknown, may his legacy continue to inspire generations to come….Excelsior!

“I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers. And then I began to realize: entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it, they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain, you’re doing a good thing.”

Stan Lee



Once again the holiday season is upon us.  Time to spread some cheer in the world and give yuletide greetings throughout the islands!  November is the month of reflection and giving thanks for all the blessings one has received in the year…..November also signals the start of the holiday shopping season.

We know that its really hard to shop for those special people in our lives.  Especially if the person you are buying a gift for is a local collector….you’ll probably be spending alot of time searching the internet, gift fairs, swap meet or the local mall for that “perfect gift.”  The process will be quite daunting and seem almost impossible.  The hardest part of the whole process…trying to figure out what to get.

To help you out, here are some gift ideas to help you shop this 2018 Holiday season…. 

Fox’s show “The Gifted” has done it again. In their episode “Imprint” they teased at a major villain coming to the series. For those of you that did not catch the reference, Creed Financial is a reference to Victor Creed aka Sabretooth. However, it is NOT Wolverine’s nemesis that they are referencing…instead it is his son – Graydon Creed.

Graydon Creed is the son of Sabretooth and Raven Darkholme (aka Mystique). Graydon was conceived after Mystique had seduced Sabretooth while impersonating a german spy. Later, after giving birth to Graydon, Mystique gave him up for adoption.

It is important to note that Graydon Creed is NOT a mutant, despite being the child of two mutants. He later discovered his heritage and began to resent all mutants – partly because it was mutants that abandoned him and partly because he himself was NOT a mutant. As a result, he founded the Friends of Humanity (a mutant hate group) and ran for president on an anti-mutant platform. He was nearly elected as President of the United States when he was assassinated on the eve of the election which led to the Operation Zero Tolerance crossover event.

Based on the current situation the mutants are facing on “The Gifted” TV show, it wouldn’t be unexpected if Graydon Creed becomes a new character on the show. As such, Hicollector recommends you pickup this comic book now (while it is still relatively cheap). We recommend you pick it up at a 9.0 or higher.