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Subj: Re:I Like The Character But Why Are Bronze Age Writers Better Than Today's Writers?
Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 at 12:20:08 pm EST (Viewed 260 times)
Reply Subj: Re:I Like The Character But Why Are Bronze Age Writers Better Than Today's Writers?
Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 at 08:49:55 pm EST (Viewed 254 times)

    There are very good and talented writers working today. I think that people look through the past in terms of this stuff with rose-colored glasses. Plenty of books written back then don't read well today.

I don't know of any Bronze Age comic that doesn't read well today. The Bronze Age was the true Golden Age of comic book writing.

So many celebrated runs that I (and so many other people) loved:

Conan by Roy Thomas, arguably the best comic book ever published.
Howard the Duck by Steve Gerber.
Man-Thing by Steve Gerber.
Doctor Strange by Steve Englehart.
Shang Chi by Doug Moench.
Deathlok by Doug Moench.
Black Panther by Don McGregor.
Tomb of Dracula by Marv Wolfman.
Micronauts by Bill Mantlo.
Spider-Man by Gerry Conway.
X-Men by Chris Claremont.

I wish I could make a similar list for DC. I'm sure someone could. I can only come up with this:

Warlord by Mike Grell.

Marv Wolfman then went over to DC and wrote The New Teen Titans, arguably the best superhero comic ever published.

Mike Grell eventually wrote Green Arrow, a celebrated run.

Try to give me celebrated runs from the 21st century and you'll end up naming names I have deep antipathy toward:


Ugh. Just typing those names makes me ill. But admittedly, the foregoing made me vomit while working for Marvel. I don't know if DC had writers of a similar foul ilk.

Now of course some writers who emerged in the 80s and 90s had some celebrated runs that actually were good, such as:

Swamp Thing by Alan Moore
Sandman by Neil Gaiman
New Warriors by Fabian Nicieza

But in the 21st century, so far I can name only one writer who stands out to me as worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as the above writers, and that's Dan Abnett, who currently is knocking it out of the park on Aquaman. Oh, and recently there is Jeff Parker on Future Quest. Some may want me to list Scott Snyder and Geoff Johns, but I'm not entirely a fan of either, although they don't nauseate me like the guys I listed above. The problem with this century has been the dominance of writers who nauseate me.

Not every Bronze Age writer was always great. But none of them were ever as bad as what we've gotten this century.

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