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Subj: I have to factor in some degree of weighting for the type of comparison...
Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 07:23:35 am EDT (Viewed 1 times)
Reply Subj: I consider everything feats -- fights, lifts, etc.
Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 05:40:21 pm EDT (Viewed 183 times)

absolute feats mean something, but there's SO much variability there for so many factors...if Greg Pak never writes Thor, for instance, we don't ever get to see how he would depict Thor's strength...we won't know if he considers Thor an equal to Hercules or not, just that he thinks Hercules can lift uber weights...

If Pak's favorite aesthetic is far and away higher end than every other Marvel writer, then its likely that ANY high end character he writes will get that treatment. Its also likely that he agrees Herc and Thor are peers in strength,and would show them as such in a direct test of strength, but because his aesthetic is out of line with the other writers (and there isn't strict editorial control on feats), then what you get with his feats is effectively meaningless when comparing characters relative power levels.

As such, direct character comparisons by an individual writer have to carry more weight in guaging where the characters rank relative to each other. That is a smoking room for uncertainty.

Feats shown by a given writer are far better than feats by different writers, for similar reasons, especially if they're done within a short time frame of each other.

> It all matters equally to me, and I would consider it all if asked to research and write a character. I'd also look at "common depictions," i.e., the ballpark in which a character typically operates. I weigh those as much as high, mid, and low end showings; as well as failed feats, struggled feats, and easily achieved feats.
> The example I like to give is this: Superman is seen benching the composite mass of a billion multiverses. But, for the next 20 or however many years, is never seen lifting more than a single twenty pound bag of flour each month. He doesn't struggle with them, or comment that they are heavy. He handles them just fine. I still wouldn't characterize him as a billion multiverses-level dude, despite having no struggles or failures, as it's just not the ballpark in which he usually plays. It's not his common depiction, in other words, so I wouldn't go by it.
> Incidentally, I'm not trying to promote this method of analysis or argue its worth, just saying were I stand.
> _rc

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