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  •  Agreed about Kirby and Ditko (2+ / 0-)
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    llywrch, MT Spaces

    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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      MT Spaces

      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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      MT Spaces

      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.

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

      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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        MT Spaces

        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?

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