Kirk Douglas passed away yesterday at the age of 103. Another of my heroes gone, but not forgotten. 

I used Kirk Douglas in a pointed discussion with my old pal Julie Schwartz regarding the age of comic heroes. Julie insisted that none of DC’s heroes were over 30  and I pointed out that Travis Morgan was 43 when The Warlord began because Kirk Douglas was 44 when he made SPARTACUS and it was pretty clear he could kick Batman’s butt. From then on, I made it a point to have all my characters age as their stories went on.

One of my favorite movies is the 1958 classic THE VIKINGS. If you wonder what effect it had on me, go back and take a look at The Warlord’s helmet — it’s a modification of the one Douglas wore into battle. After watching the Funeral scene, I told my mom I wanted to have a viking funeral. She pointed out that I’m Italian/English/Welsh. It doesn’t matter — a few years ago I had a 5 foot wooden viking ship built to hold my ashes as I sail off into my own end credits.

103 years is a good long run. Few of us will match it and almost none will leave as lasting a mark as Kirk Douglas.

Rest in peace.

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