Beauology 101: Enjoy Yourself-It’s Later Thank You Think…

Your pal, Beau Smith

Your pal, Beau Smith

by Beau Smith

The Baby Boomer Generation was the first generation that truly embraced comic book fandom in force and in numbers. We were the first generation to freely and loudly admit that we not only read and enjoyed comic books, but the obscure details of Pop Culture as well. We took our hobby seriously and we studied it and those that created them.

We were/are large in number, but those numbers are starting to be chipped away by the natural process of time. No, it’s not polite party talk, but it’s a fact; The Baby Boomer generation is dying off. Before us was the Golden Agers. They’re gone, or close to it. Boomers are the Silver Agers, those that grew up reading comic books in the late ’50s through the late ’60s. Not meaning to sound morbid, but like it or not, it’s our turn in the wheelhouse.

The Immortal Stan Lee

The Immortal Stan Lee

In the last year there have been a lot of Golden Age and Silver Age comic book creators pass away. Some like Stan Lee in their 90s, others much younger and with an alarming frequency. Because there are so many of us Baby Boomers, that frequency will increase I’m sorry to say. It’s just a fact of life…and death.

My point this week in this shorter than usual class of Beauology 101, is to ask you to celebrate those that have created comic books now, and not later when they are gone. Celebrate them now while they are still here and continue to turn out stories and art that you enjoy from month to month—or that you’ve enjoyed all your life. Let them know now that you appreciate their talents and the memories they are giving you. Break the trend of waiting until they are gone and you’re forced to share those memories with a tinge of sadness. Celebrate them and their work now.

In this time where social media is king, we tend to use it to tear down our peers, and use that internet space to degrade, and sometimes destroy, those that don’t agree with our views or even the comic books we read supposedly for pleasure. That’s all kinds of wrong.

The Eternal Jack Kirby

The Eternal Jack Kirby

When I broke into the comic book business over 30 years ago, my friends and I were in our 20s and 30s. We had a shield of invincibility that we never thought would be dinged, dented, or damaged. We thought we’d be immortal. We were wrong. I thought I would be reading new work by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Don Heck, Ross Andru, Russ Heath, and others of the Golden Age forever. I was wrong. Nothing on this Earth lasts forever. Celebrate now!

Everlasting Don Heck

Everlasting Don Heck

Spend your time wisely and kindly by letting those that create comic books and pop culture know that you like what they are doing NOW, not later. Spreading a kind word now is so much better than spewing hateful words anytime.

We will miss folks when they are gone. There will be sadness laced in the words of tribute. But if you speak of them now, while they are here, there will not only be a smile on your face, but theirs as well. The song you sing will not fall on deaf ears.

Young, middle age, or elderly, it doesn’t matter….Tell that creator, tell the world, what you think of the work now.

“Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.

Enjoy yourself, while you’re still in the pink.

The years go by, as quickly as a wink.

Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.”

Song by Guy Lombardo

The eternal optimist,

Beau Smith

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