| > 1. Fights|
> 2. Feats
> 3. Official bios, such as from the encyclopedia or the back of an action figure's packaging
> 4. The lettercolumn
> 5. The writer him/herself
All of these things vary greatly over the years. I think that fights are the most consistent and that s basically what it boils down to. Feats are cool but very inconsistent. The top tiers are the worst at inconsistent feats and the mid levels are the most inconsistent with fights. I don't put much stock in the letters column. I remember years back it said that Venom was in the 11 ton class, just above Spidey. A couple years later he is up in the 20-30 range. The writer, on the other hand, depends. If the writer is commenting on something somebody else did then I don't put much weight on it. However, if they are clarifying something they wrote because fans are arguing over the art or dialogue being confusing then I think it is very important. Can Wolverine's claws not cut Sentry's hands? Did Hulk stop Juggernaut or was it a test of strength? Did Hulk pull tectonic plates back together or...I think that the author has the authority to describe what his/her intent was but the opinions of other writers are just like ours.