Golden Age artist Allen Bellman – best known for his original work on Captain America, along with The Human Torch, Sub Mariner Comics, Jet Dixon of the Space Squadron, The Destroyer, All Winners Comics, Marvel Mystery, and the original Let’s Play Detective – was one of the biggest stars at the Grand Rapids Comic Con starting tonight (Friday, Nov. 21).
Bellman will be back again on Saturday to sign autographs, meet with guests and even do original Captain America artwork for fans!
I was lucky enough to talk to Mr. Bellman for a few minutes at the start of the Grand Rapids Comic Con, and it was more than a pleasure just meeting him! More than that, he was gracious enough to talk to me about the Golden Age of comics, his start in the business, and give some comments to all of you!
Here’s what Allen Bellman had to say:
“I started at the tender age of 18 in the year 1942. I got the job on Columbus Day, and I was there before Stan Lee became editor.”
Bellman continued, “I never could imagine that at the age of 90 I’d be making the comic book conventions. I’m so overwhelmed it’s hard for me to talk, but I’m here in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a beautiful crowd and all I can say is ‘thank you’ to my many fans who have supported me. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
The man – the legend – is a truly class act and an incredible man who is just as happy to meet his fans as they are to meet him. More than signing autographs, Bellman took time out to speak with each guest who approached him and have a personal conversation. It was amazing to see, and something a lot of others could take a lesson from. It didn’t get any better than meeting Mr. Bellman and shaking his hand.
“And as I say, let’s be nice to each other. We can’t be everyone’s friend, but let’s try,” Bellman added.
If I had the chance, I’d rather meet Mr. Bellman than Captain America any day.