A Top Ten List Of Must See Guests At The Dallas Comic Con.
This weekend is the Dallas Comic Con up at the Irving Convention Center. The convention is presented by the legend Stan Lee himself. There will be plenty to see and do, but the highlight of the show are the famous personalities that'll show up to sign autographs for you. Here's our list of the top ten convention-attending celebrities to see while you are there.
10. Kevin Conroy
Conroy is the voice of Batman. If you feature Batman in some sort of animated capacity, he's your gun for hire. Thankfully, they'll probably never stop pumping out Batman stuff, so he doesn't have to worry about pigeonholing himself.
9. Jeremy Bulloch
You all know him as the guy who wore that Boba Fett suit in those Star Wars movies. He's Jango Fett's kid, and he doesn't talk much. We'd rank him higher, but he totally died like a chump in Jedi.
8. Burt Ward
He's my favorite Robin, and I dare you to say something about a dude that isn't afraid to wear green skivvies and pantyhose on national television.
7. Peter Mayhew
He's huge, he's British and you know him as the guy inside the Chewbacca suit. His first acting gig was as a minotaur, and, aside from that, he's pretty much just worn a wookie suit.
6. George Perez
If you read comics, you know who he is. At this point in his career, he's living comic book royalty. He's an illustrator and occasional writer who's had pretty famous runs on Wonder Woman, Teen Titans and the Avengers. You've heard of the Avengers, yeah? They just had a giant inescapable blockbuster movie come out.
5. Dave Prowse
Turns out that it wasn't James Earl Jones in that Darth Vader suit, you guys. They needed someone a little more imposing. Dave Prowse, a bodybuilder and actor, was the man for the job. Prowse was discovered by Lucas after playing bit part in A Clockwork Orange. The best Dave Prowse trivia, though, is that he didn't actually know that he was playing the part of Luke's father until he saw the movie in theater. The dialogue he spoke during filming was totally different than what they dubbed in from James Earl Jones.
4. Neal Adams
If you didn't like the campy '60s Batman series, then you can probably thank Neal Adams for dragging Batman and his little corner of the DC Universe kicking and screaming back into reality. Artist Neal Adams and writer Denny O'Neill reinvented the character at the dawn of the '70s. They canned all the goofiness and bright colors and took Batman into the dark alleys and shadows of Gotham City. He did the same for Green Lantern and Green Arrow, too.
3. Adam West
C'mon. He's Batman. He'll always be that Batman that's like your weird uncle who drinks a lot and tells really funny jokes. Sure, his Batman was goofy as hell, but it was fun — something that's often sorely lacking from Batman these days. He's pretty much been playing a weird version of himself since the Batman series wrapped, and it seems as if he'll appear in anything that pays. Fortunately, it's often pretty funny. He's also done a ton of voiceover work, and you're no doubt all familiar with his work on the Family Guy.
2. Patrick Stewart
This guy is basically the King of Nerds. He's played a Star Trek captain and the head of the X-Men. Even better than that, though, is that he's a classically trained Shakespearean actor. He's appeared in over 60 Royal Shakespeare productions. That's probably over 60 more than you or anyone else appearing at this convention. One of our favorite lesser known Stewart nerd-roles is playing Gurney Halleck in David Lynch's Dune. But his role as Captain Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation was pretty defining.
1. Stan Lee
Yeah. Duh. Of course he's number one. Along with a stable of some of the finest artists in New York, he took a nearly failed company and turned it into a huge media juggernaut. Who cares about that, though? With artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he created characters like The Fantastic Four, The X-Men and The Avengers. Stan's famous “Marvel Way” to make comics revolutionized the industry — and he's one of the early challengers to censorship of comics, too. Sure, Lee was also part of a dot-com bubble bust, but he dodged the illegal stock manipulation charge. Anyway, who wasn't part of a dot-com bubble bust? Listen, we could go on forever, but you know how awesome Stan Lee is, and that's why he is our number one pick. He'll only be signing on Saturday, so you better get a ticket ahead of time, and get in line early. He's one of the most gracious, friendly guys you'll get a chance to meet.