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He continued the story, saying, “She was just sitting there talking to him, and he signed my album.”

He told me that when he worked as a butcher, boxing legend Archie Moore walked into the shop. “I wanted to ask for his autograph, but I was afraid I’d be fired.” Charlie did an impression of Jimmy Stewart as he told me about driving up to UCLA for a film screening after reading in the newspaper that Stewart might be in attendance. He said, “They asked if anyone had any questions, so I asked him his most embarrassing moment. I figured every actor has a few where they forget a line or trip on something. He just said, ‘I don’t have any.’”

As I was leaving, I talked with one of Norris’s sons in the parking lot for 30 minutes. He told me about being in a punk/new wave band in the late ‘70s. He said they had their 15 minutes of fame with a TV appearance. “I still have the TV Guide we’re listed in.”

As I drove home, I thought about his father creating Aquaman and contributing to Tarzan, Jungle Jim, Flash Gordon, Brick Bradford,...the tons of pages Paul Norris’s work has appeared in.

The son’s only page is a TV Guide listing.

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towelheadedcameljockey Feb. 27, 2008 @ 8:51 p.m.

The creator of Aquaman was in San Diego?! RAD! Maybe if I grew up here and went to Comic Con more often, I would know this.

I just purchased a sheet of stamps from the post office that has Superhero's on it, one of them being Aquaman. No greater honor then your creation being put on a stamp.

That's funny someone asked his son if they had lots of fish growing up. I would have wondered the same thing.


Josh Board Feb. 28, 2008 @ 1:29 a.m.

I know nothing about the stamp collecting hobby, but once saw a magazine about stamps while having work done on my car. They had released a Freddie Mercury stamp in England, and it was being recalled. Apparently, there was initial controversy that they were putting someone that did drugs, and was gay, on a stamp. Some didn't think that was appropriate. Well, they got past that, and went with the stamp. The problem? It was a concert shot, showing the drummer behind him. And they have a rule about people "alive" on a stamp. They recalled them, but some that stayed out, were said to be worth thousands. I'm sure that drummer (roger taylor, I believe his name was)...was totally diggin' that, being the only person in British history being on a stamp, while he's alive.

I didn't even know who Aquaman was, because I'm not into comic books. But, apparently, this cat was huge.


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