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Subj: Revised version: The Case For Kirby
Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 at 03:14:05 pm EST (Viewed 128 times)
Reply Subj: 200 page analysis of Fantastic Four issue 1
Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 at 07:46:25 am EST (Viewed 231 times)
Thanks for all the feedback, guys! the revised version is now up. The file name and links are the same, just in case anybody shared them (unlikely, but who knows?) but the title is now "The Case For Kirby".
PDF (recommended): http://zak-site.com/Case_Against_Stan_Lee.pdf
Web (if you have a slow connection): http://zak-site.com/CaseAgainstStanLee.html
There are lots of small changes, but the big ones are:
* Better intro. Less aggressive, and makes a simpler case that is easier to prove (about sales figures)
* New appendix 1: Kirby's writing pre 1961. Especially dialog. If you don't read any other part, I recommend this (he said, modestly). Because when people think of Kirby's writing they usually think of his post 1970 stuff, where he goes extreme Kirby! But his pre 1961 work is much more mainstream, and just a delight to read IMO.
* new appendix 10: how Lee's claim of being the writer evolved. This isn't a strong proof on its own: if the rest of the book doesn't convince you then this won't change your mind. But I think it's really interesting that Lee didn't actually say he was the solo writer for over a year, and before that point the evidence is consistent with the FF being a joint creation.
* more about the flare gun, the "valley of diamonds" and subsequent explosion, the history of Metallo, and various other bits and pieces.
If anything seriously big turns up then I'll make another revision, but hopefully this is the final one. Thansk again for all who made suggestions.
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