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More than just a bit of prized nostalgia, the pleasures of youth are sometimes worth big bucks. Silver Age comic books — those published between about 1956 and 1970 — are skyrocketing in popularity and rising in value among collectors. Do you have a box of comics hidden away that may be worth money? Just like some vinyl records, baseball cards, first-edition concert posters and toys like Hot Wheels and Barbies, many comic books now have bumped-up monetary value.

It was a strong year for both movies and television. But rather than a conventional "best" list, recognizing the "most satisfying" films and programs felt like a more organic way to pay homage to projects that delivered on their promise or exceeded expectations. It's also a way of thinning out deserving entries -- especially among returning series -- that might have simply met them.

Stan Lee, the colorful Marvel Comics patriarch who helped usher in a new era of superhero storytelling -- and saw his creations become a giant influence in the movie business -- has died.