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Subj: A few points of contention....part 1
Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 at 07:48:18 am EST (Viewed 126 times)
Reply Subj: 200 page analysis of Fantastic Four issue 1
Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 at 07:46:25 am EST (Viewed 209 times)
Strong, independent women are generally considered a sign of good writing. Or at least modern writing.
Being progressive or feminist has nothing to do with the quality of one's writing. A sexist pig can be an excellent writer - but perhaps an awful person.
I think you could say it is a sign of "modern thinking" in context to the era Kirby created it in. But that doesn't make Kirby or anyone else who thinks this way a good writer.
The truth is, sex sells, and Lee, regardless of what we may think of him, was a talented marketer on some level. Kirby portrayed women as strong, but Lee liked them feminine - and so did a lot of comic readers, who, at the time, were mostly male. Together, Lee and Kirby eventually achieved a balance between both traits I believe.
Was Lee really a writer? Perhaps. I always thought of him as a clever editor. A polisher. His super-power may have been his ability to tweak things to make them resonate with readers. One would really need to analyze something he both created and wrote to get a sense of how good or not Lee was as a writer. To write is to create - and Kirby was a rich mine of creativity. But Kirby could be a bit raw too - and Lee's diamond cutting and polishing skills certainly contributed to success in that time.
Do we know which comics Lee wrote solo? That would be interesting to analyze. Creating from scratch a far cry from modifying other's works.
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