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Stan Lee: Rock Star?

November 20, 2010


I saw this ad and had to know what the hell this “Reflections of a Rock Superhero” (or “Rock Reflections of a Superhero” — take your pick) thing was. I’ve seen a couple of variations of this ad, and finally my curiosity overwhelmed me.

To keep it succinct, it’s Spider-Man-as-Rock Opera. Good or bad, that about says it all.

For your listening pleasure, here are some clips — the second one even has that distinctive Stan Lee narration:

Pretty awful, but maybe it spoke to youths of the 70’s. John Romita’s image from the advertisement, with a hangdog Peter Parker and Spider-Man in the mirror, was actually the album cover, and that’s about the only thing that would get me to buy this thing.

I can’t think of any comic book hero “rock” albums from my youth — the closest equivalent my generation had was the Rock-n-Wrestling Connection from the mid-80’s World Wrestling Federation. I actually owned — and forced my parents to play in the car cassette player during trips — The Wrestling Album II, which featured wrestler-sung hits like “Piledriver” (a song that compared the act of love with, you guessed it, a piledriver) and wrestling’s equivalent of “We Are the World,” “If You Only Knew”:

I think the wrestling stuff is funny. The superhero stuff kind of sucks, though I have to admit the “Doctor Oc-to-pus” chorus is catchy. Wrestling wins in this battle. Sorry about that, Spidey.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 20, 2010 6:44 pm

    I actually have this whole album on my computer. I saw the CD at the library one day and was like, “What the heck is this?” I’ve listened to the whole thing and it’s really hokey, but entertaining…a lot like the Star Wars Christmas Album, but with less teenage Bon Jovi.

    • November 21, 2010 7:34 pm

      You have to love the local library — Proust, Faulkner, Dostoevsky and Spider-Man CDs.

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