End of an Era? The Life and Works of Comics Legend, Stan Lee.

12th November shall be embroidered in the hearts of Comic Book lovers all over the world as one of their darkest days because it took along with it the legendary comics writer and to be specific, the publisher of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee. Just five years shy of 100, Lee died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Born Stanley Martin Lieber, he made his comic-book debut with the text thriller “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge (May 1941), using the pseudonym Stan Lee, a name which in later years he would adopt as his legal name. And like the old adage, he never looked back.

In his illustrious life time, Lee created or co-created, among others modern blockbuster movies like Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Ant-Man.

Perhaps having risen to fame with the success of the Spiderman Comics, Stan Lee struggled to make it in life. He grew up poor in Washington Heights, where his father, a Romanian immigrant, was a dress-cutter. Lee graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School and joined the WPA Federal Theatre Project, where he appeared in a few stage shows, and wrote obituaries.

In 1939, he got a job as a gofer for $8 a week at the Marvel predecessor Timely Comics. Two years later, for Kirby and Joe Simon’s Captain America No. 3, Lee wrote a two-page story titled “The Traitor’s Revenge!” that was used as text filler to qualify the company for the magazine mailing rate. It was the first time he used the pen name Stan Lee.

At the age of 19, he was made editor by publisher Martin Goodman when the previous editor quit. Lee even did military time when in 1942, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Signal Corps. While there he wrote manuals and training films with a group that included Oscar-winner Frank Capra, Pulitzer-winner William Saroyan and Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss). After the war, he returned to the publisher and served as the editor for decades.

Inspired by the successes of DC Comics’ lead with the Justice League, Lee and Kirby in November 1961 launched their own superhero team, the Fantastic Four, for the newly renamed Marvel Comics, and Hulk, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Daredevil and X-Men soon followed. The Avengers launched as its own title in September 1963.

In 1972, Lee was named publisher and relinquished the Marvel editorial reins to spend all his time promoting the company. He moved to Los Angeles in 1980 to set up an animation studio and to build relationships in Hollywood. Lee purchased a home overlooking the Sunset Strip that was once owned by Jack Benny’s announcer, Don Wilson.

Long before his Marvel characters made it to the movies, they appeared on television. An animated Spider-Man show ran on ABC from 1967 to 1970.But for all his faults that we can blame on old age, Lee transformed Marvel from a tiny venture into the world’s No. 1 publisher of comic books and a multimedia powerhouse.

“I used to think what I did was not very important,” he told the Press in April 2014.
“People are building bridges and engaging in medical research, and here I was doing stories about fictional people who do extraordinary, crazy things and wear costumes. But I suppose I have come to realize that entertainment is not easily dismissed.”

Ardent Marvel Movie fans will easily tell you that Stan appears in each one of their movies and that goes beyond what passion he possessed to see his works perfected never minding how old he was getting by the day.

With Captain Marvel and Avengers 5 already in production, we are not sure whether we shall see him two more times in what movie fans already expect to be game changing scenes in the now complex Marvel Universe after the warlord Thanos messed it all up. But what we are definite about, he will have glorious dedication in the upcoming Marvel projects.
Tributes from distinguished people in the entertainment industry that Stan Lee revolutionized came in handy after the legend was announced dead.

“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A superhero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart” Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said in a statement.

“No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee. [He] leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family and the millions of fans who have been forever touched by Stan’s genius, charisma and heart” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said in his tribute.

May his works continue to shine light on his legacy and inspire billions of creative people world over. Rest in Peace!, Stan.


Pulse News: MTN Marathon “Gulu Run” Attracts 3,000 Runners Ahead of the Main Marathon

On Sunday morning, the erstwhile quiet town of Gulu came alive courtesy of MTN Uganda as the newly paved Kaunda Grounds played host to a crowd of 3,000 plus as the second leg of the MTN Marathon Series came to Northern Uganda’s most famous town.

It was a spectacle to behold as runners young and old from as far as Adjumani, Amudat, Apac, Arua, Kitgum and Lira came to take part in a unifying sport that is arguably the easiest form of exercise to keep one fit and healthy.

For the budding elite runners, they came from not only Gulu and Lira but from far flung Sebei, Kapchorwa, Kwen and Bukwo districts, which have all been instrumental in producing some of Uganda’s greatest athletes.

They all came here for a piece of the cake on offer in terms of podium finishes and cash prizes, but in the end, it was the Uganda Police team that took most of the honours.

As a unit, they swept four out of the twelve podium places on offer; Chemutai Vincent and Rotich Isaac finished 1st and 2nd in the Men 5KM category as Chemutai Rael took 2nd place on the Women’s podium. Cherob Alex and Chelimo Ruth both took 2nd place in the 10KM Men and Women’s category respectively.

Gulu runners were well represented in the top ten finishes but had the unfortunate chance of having only one runner finish in a podium position as Apio Franka finished 3rd in the 10KM Women category.

When MTN Uganda started the regional runs this year, one could not fathom the successful outcome that they would have had so far. According to the MTN Uganda Sponsorship and Events Manager Mr. John Paul Okwi, by Friday 09.11.2018 the two thousand (2,000) kits that were set aside for the Gulu run had run out.

At the run, MTN Marathon partners and sponsors Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, Stanbic Bank, Huawei Uganda, Vision Group and SPEDAG were present courtesy of their regional executives and representatives.

Hon Norbert Mao and Gulu Local Council V Chairman Martin Ojara Mapenduzi were in attendance both thanked MTN Uganda for bringing the MTN Marathon Series to Gulu and looked forward to the next.

At the 2018 Commonwealth Games held in Australia in April 2018, Uganda finished with six medals – three gold, one silver and two bronze. Omony Okot, the Vice President of the Uganda Athletics Federation noted that with five of these six medals being won in the athletics category, the future of Ugandan athletics will be bright as long as budding runners turn up and take part in such runs.

With two runs done – one in Mbale on Sunday 04.11.2018 and Gulu today, the turnout at both these events has indeed shown the increasing need to develop, showcase and promote the budding athletics talent around Uganda on a larger scale.


Pulse News: Mun*G entertains MTN Marathoners in Mbale

The MTN Marathon Season started in Mbale on Sunday with thousands turning up for the 2nd edition of the MTN Mbale road race. Nearly 2,000 people turned up for the MTN Mbale National Championships that were flagged off at the Maluku grounds, Mbale. The majority of the people participated in the 10kms road race, leaving the 21kms half marathon to the elite runners mostly from Sebei region. The marathon was flagged off by Omukuka Mushikori Bob of the Inzu Ya Masaba at 8:00am on Sunday, 4th November 2018. 

Last month, MTN announced that it would be having the first Marathon Season that includes runs in Mbale, Gulu and Mbarara before the main MTN Kampala Marathon. The regional race Mbale is one of the most competitive runs, especially for the elite runners. It is no surprise that several athletics clubs sent some of their best elite runners to participate. Additionally, of all the three regional runs, it is only Mbale that has the 21kms half marathon. For the Gulu and Mbarara runs, it is only the 10kms road race.

Doreen Chessang from the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) club took the honours in the Women’s 21kms half marathon. She completed the race in 1hour 17 minutes and 28 seconds. The 2017 Mbale Half Marathon champion, Emily Chebet the UPDF club finished second slightly over a minute later. Chemutai Vanis from the Uganda Prisons club finished third.
In the Men’s Half Marathon the top five slots were shared between KCCA Athletics Club and the Uganda Police Force Athletics Club. Rotich Maxwell from KCCA won the half marathon in 1 minute three minutes and 46 seconds. Musau Martin from Uganda Police finished second and Mutai Alex from KCCA finished third. 

Doreen Chessang

The top 10 from the 10kms and 21kms all walked away with prize money.
The collections made from the kit registration are expected to be used to support the improvement of maternal health in Eastern Uganda. The next regional road race takes in Gulu on Sunday 11th November 2018.

Winners top 5
21kms women
1.    Doreen Chessang – UWA – 1:17:28
2.    Chebet Emily – UPDF – 1:18:56
3.    Chemutai Vanis – Prisons – 1:19:20
4.    Cheptegei Rebecca- UPDF – 1:20:31
5.    Chebet Prisca – Police – 1:20:49

21kms men
1.    Rotich Maxwell – kcca – 1:03:46
2.    Musau Martin – Police – 1:04:08
3.    Mutai Alex – KCCA – 1:04:39
4.    Kwemoi Victor – Police: 1:05:04
5.    Cherop Sam – Police 1:05:13

10kms Men
1.    Kurong Moses – Police
2.    Chepkurui Mathew – police
3.    Chebet Abel – Police
4.    Chepuref Ali – KCCA
5.    Cherop Alex – Police

10kms Women
1.    Chemutai Belinda – prisons
2.    Chebet Betty – Arua
3.    Chessang Annette – UWA
4.    Chekwoi Teddy – KCCA
5.    Chebet Scarlet – Scarlet

Mun*G entertaining marathoners 

Pulse News: MUBS Student Abenakyo Quinn Wins National Beauty Pageant

The 22 year old Makerere University Business School student was crowned Miss Uganda 2018 last night at the pageant’s finals held at Sheraton Hotel Kampala in a race that had a total of 23 national beauty contenders.

Abenakyo who hails from Mayuga district is currently in her final year at MUBS pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Computing and will represent Uganda in Miss World beauty pageant bound to take place in December this year in Asia China.

On top of winning the crown, Abenakyo will be given a brand new car among other prizes like a fully paid trip to Netherlands with Trya Margach and Ahebwa Martha who were the first and second runners up respectively.

Socialite Zari Hassan was among the Top judges for this year’s Miss Uganda assortment.

Abenakyo with first and second runners up

Pulse News: Young Achievers Awards Nominees 2018 Announced

The finalists for the 2018 Young Achievers Awards were announced at the official awards nominees unveiling dinner ceremony held at Kampala Serena Hotel on 1st August.

Over 300 applications were submitted from all over the country, with only five nominees making it to each of the nine categories

Speaking at the event, Humphrey Nabimanya, the Team Leader & Founder of Reach A Hand Uganda (RAHU) said “This year’s judging process was intensive and I am glad that this year’s set of judges, who used their set skills, and experience, toiled until the very best of each category was chosen to move onto the next stage as we head closer to the award night this August,”

The awards show will have a special category of three selected outstanding individuals who have played a fundamental role in transforming lives of young people in Uganda. These are; Lifetime Achievement Award, Hero/Heroine Award and the Star Hall of Fame Award.

MTNPulse has learnt that the Awards gala will take place on August 18th and our fellow Pulser Canary Mugume was nominated under the category of “Young Achievers Award for Media and Journalism”

List for Nominees Of the 2018 Young Achievers Awards

The Nominees for the Young Achievers Awards for Innovation & ICT are

  • Phylis Kyomuhendo:  Co founder, mSCAN
  • Andrew Mugerwa: Founder , MyLib App
  • Jacqueline Mutumba: CEO Digi Health Ltd
  • Julius Naika: CEO Naika Group
  • Brian Gitta: Co founder Matibabu

The Nominees for the Young Achievers Awards for Social Entreprenuership are

  • Richard Kalungi: Founder, Home Doctors Uganda
  • Andrew Musoke: Founder, Gifted Hands
  • Monica Nyiraguhabwa: Executive Director, Girl Up Initiative Uganda
  • Moses Nkesiga: Director, BriMos Legal Advocacy
  • Stephen Katende: Team Leader, Kisoboka Africa

The Nominees for the Young Achievers Awards for Farming & Agro Processing are

  • Fiona Rukwanzi: Founder, Nyunya
  • Bazil mwotta: Founder, AgroDuuka
  • Jean Oyait: Founder, Akellobanker
  • Edward Mukiibi: Founder, Developing Innivation in school Cultivation
  • Khamutima Tumwebaze: Founder, Young Farmer’s Champions Network

The Nominees for the Young Achievers Awards for Business are

  • Ronald Hakiza: Founder, UgaBus
  • Samson Wambuzi: Co founder Yiya Engineering Solutions
  • Campus Bee
  • Muhammed Sekatawa: Responsible Suppliers Uganda ltd
  • Natalie Bitature: Co founder Musana

The Nominees for the Young Achievers Awards for Fashion are

  • Charles Mulumba: Creative Director Brand MulC Ug
  • Anita Beryl: Founder Beryl Qouture
  • Christabel kente:  Founder Kente Haute couture
  • Juliana Nasasira: Founder Kwesh
  • Kennedy Zziwa: Founder Hair By Zziwa

The Nominees for the Young Achievers Awards for Performing Arts are

  • Eddy Kenzo
  • Ivan Mulumba
  • H2C Dance Group
  • Felix Byaruhanga
  • Rehema Namakula

The Nominees for the Young Achievers Awards for Outstanding Sports Personality are

  • David Emong: Uganda’s first Paralympics medalist
  • She cranes (7s):  Rugby
  • Douglas smith:  Founder Ibanda Young Stars Soccer Acadermy
  • Joshua kiprui Cheptegai: Athlete
  • Ivan Magomu: Rugby

The Nominees for the Young Achievers Awards for Media and Journalism are

  • Allan Daren Kyeyune: Sports journalist
  • Peter Malinz Kasadha: Founder, Digest Africa
  • Canary Mugume: Journalist, Next Media
  • Abaas Mpindi:  The Media Challenge Initiative Challenge
  • Raymond Mujuni: Journalist, Next Media

The Nominees for the Young Achievers Awards for Film and Photography are

  • Edgar Kwesiga:  Creative Director, Spire Brand & Creative Agency
  • Richard Mulindwa: Movie Producer, writer, Director
  • Oscar Ntege: Photographer
  • Beohrts Beard: A creative photography and cinematography
  • Stuart Tibaweswa: Photographer