Quote:Yes but Stan Lee was perceived by fans, media & the hierarchy of Marvel comics as the pivotal creator of the Marvel Universe, relegating pencillers as satellite creators orbiting around him.
I think that's sort of the problem. I think Kirby and Ditko assumed that because of that Stan could intercede on their behalf. He could not. (whether he bothered with an attempt is unknown) I'm thinking Stan didn't have the pull we imagine he did and he was probably a bit milquetoast.
We all want to paint Stan as the villain but he could have just been the guy who was too worried about keeping his own job to stick his neck out for someone else and too embarrassed at the little power he did have to put up a fight. Maybe Stan didn't have the power or sway we think he did and was treated like a fool with the people with the actual power at the company like Martin Goodman. I'm thinking there were people in power out to screw over pencilers and Stan just sort of let it happen so no one would be out to get him. I don't think he ever did anything out of malice.
I agree. I think that's a big part of why so many people who worked with him in the 60s support him. He seems to genuinely want the best. But Evanier and others say that under the bombastic exterior there's a very insecure man. Which I think explains everything, the good and the bad.