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  •  My guess at the time ... (2+ / 0-)
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    ... was that long-time DC staffer Oksner was having some fun with "the competition."
    Thomas was notorious for wearing a ridiculous Spidey costume at various events then, self-promoting Stan sported a beard, but the blend seemed like a pretty good cover for that hilarious name.

    BTW -- I'm glad ol' Mr. Lieber is still around too, and doing cameos in comic book movies, but I also wish that prolific creators like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko were publicly honored for their work too.

    If anyone cares -- When DC acquired the reprint rights for the Captain Marvel Family from Fawcett, Roy Thomas informed them that he would "have no choice but to sue" if they used the name Captain Marvel, because of Marvel Comics' character of the same name.
    If you ever wondered why DC's great reprint series was called Shazam (The Original Captain Marvel), now you know.

    Ironically, as a fan, Thomas had led the movement to keep memories of the Big Red Cheese alive.

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    by MT Spaces on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 08:15:00 PM PST

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    •  Agreed about Kirby and Ditko (2+ / 0-)
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      They did so much for comics, and they're barely remembered.  It's a damn shame that it took legal action before Kirby and Simon were acknowledged as the creators of Captain America.

      •  I heard a history of Marvel Comics was published (1+ / 0-)
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        back in December, which set forth some of the history behind the books, esp. how the artists & writers were treated/mistreated. The author had a reading here in Portland at Powell's Books.

        By chance, did a review of that book make it to DK? If so, does someone have a link to it?

      •  I'd wager among the general public (1+ / 0-)
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        that Jack Kirby is more well known that, say, Siegel and Schuster.  And Ditko hasn't helped himself much by being a reclusive Randian crank. But, point taken. Like it or not, Stan Lee is Marvel's public face.

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        by raboof on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 09:26:00 AM PST

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        •  Maybe not.... (1+ / 0-)
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          There have been several books, including a couple of recent biographies of Siegel and Schuster, about Superman and his creators.   Ditto Bob Kane and Batman.

          Actually, this gets me wondering...there have been dedicated, reasonably scholarly books about the history and social impact of Superman, Batman, and even Wonder Woman.  Has there been anything comparable about any of the Marvel heroes?  I can see a lot of possibilities in, say, the X-Men (especially Magneto), or my God, Captain America and other war comics in the 1940s.  I wonder if that's ever going to happen?

    •  And every few years (1+ / 0-)
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      Marvel has to come up with a new "Captain Marvel" character to maintain the trademark.

      The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

      by raboof on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 09:35:16 AM PST

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