The recently released "Avengers: Endgame" set multiple records at the box office last week.
In a report by the Associated Press, The Walt Disney Co. said that in the U.S. the film opened Friday with a record $156.7 million (including Thursday previews), besting "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" ($119 million in 2015, though it played on fewer screens) and it’s predecessor "Avengers: Infinity War" ($106 million in 2018).
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True to form, the legendary comic book writer and creator of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee made a cameo in the film.
The appearance will be his last, however, as he died in November 2018. He was 95.
If you enjoyed the new action-packed movie, you should know there is a Dayton connection in several comic books.
Local comic book fanatic Anitra Jordan said not every occupant of the comic book universes hail from fictional cities, planets or realms such as Gotham, Krypton, and Asgard. Some hail from good ol' Dayton, Ohio.
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Lori Zechlin is a teenage DC Comics character created by Gail Simone and Ed Benes, whose alias is Black Alice. Black Alice made her first appearance in “Birds of Prey #76” in 2005. Black Alice has the power of magic usurpation, which means she can usurp or absorb the powers and skills of any being, leaving them powerless. She uses her powers to combat the drug dealers of Dayton due to her mother’s drug-related suicide.
Next is Tommy Glass from American Vampire volume 5, written by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque. This is set back in the 1950’s during the Red Scare (propaganda about the rise of communism). Tommy Glass is a secondary character that was first introduced in the fifth volume of the American Vampire series. This uncomfortably cheerful and touristic character is responsible for unleashing the most powerful vampire of all time. Whilst introducing himself to another character he marvels about London, and mentions how pretty Dayton is before revealing his true intentions.
The biggest character from Dayton is Bruce Banner, also known as The Hulk. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in “The Incredible Hulk #1”, The Hulk was an influenced by Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. When hearing about the Hulk, most people just know about the gamma radiation accident that happened to Bruce Banner that turned him into the Hulk. Most people wouldn’t have known that he was born in Dayton.