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Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 05/26/2010

STAN LEE joins judges for Post's 'Next Great Cartoonist' contest

By Michael Cavna

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STAN LEE, the man who helped sire Spider-Man, Iron Man and scores of other legendary characters in the Marvel universe, has joined the team of celebrity judges for The Washington Post's "America's Next Great Cartoonist" contest.

Lee, "Doonesbury's" Garry Trudeau, "Family Tree's" Signe Wilkinson, "Candorville's" Darrin Bell and Jerry Scott ("Zits" and "Baby Blues") are among the top cartoonists who will critique the contest's 10 finalists. Also among the critiquers: Stephan Pastis ("Pearls Before Swine") and Richard Thompson ("Cul de Sac") -- both of whom, by the way, are up for "cartooning's Academy Award" at this weekend's Reubens ceremony in Jersey City.

Comic Riffs will publish a final list of the celebrity judges on Friday. A team of Washington Post editors (and yours truly) will cull the submissions to 10 finalists; once the finalists' work has been posted online, the winner will be determined by public voting.


Contest entries are still being accepted through June 4. For details, contest rules and to upload your entry, go to the "Next Great Cartoonist" Contest home page.

If you're entering: Good luck. And, as Stan Lee says in signing off to Comic Riffs: "Excelsior!"

By Michael Cavna  | May 26, 2010; 10:01 AM ET
Categories:  America's Next Great Cartoonist, Superheroes  | Tags:  America's Next Great Cartoonist Contest, Marvel Comics, POW! Entertainment, Stan Lee  
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Stan Lee's been signing off that way for decades. Back in the 1960s he sent me a reply to a letter I wrote Marvel Comics when I was a kid and that was what he put above his signature.

Posted by: greggwiggins | May 26, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

>> greggwiggins:

Indeed -- ain't it great? So: Hope you still have that letter.


Posted by: Michael Cavna | May 26, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

That always confused me, because the dictionary definition of "excelsior" is "fine wood or paper shavings used for packing fragile items".

Then I learned something about Latin word origins and such, and his use of that word made more sense.

Though I still wonder how it came to mean "fine wood or paper shavings used in packing"...

Posted by: joshuadevin | May 26, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Count me in as another who didn't know the other meaning of Excelsior.

Also, hooray, Stan Lee!

Posted by: RKaufman13 | May 26, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

M.C.: I do still have his letter, along with a Marvel No-Prize envelope that came with it.

Posted by: greggwiggins | May 27, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

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