November 04, 2013

Comicbook Geek Post of the Day

So I was reading Essential Fantastic Four #4 yesterday which, if you don't know, is a black and white collection of old 1960s issues -- some of the very best FF issues ever put out by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. In the #60s we're treated to our first encounter with the popular Kree alien race, first via Sentry 459 (#64) who's protecting an ancient Kree base, and then in #65 'ol Ronan the Accuser shows up to punish the FF for defeating the Sentry.

What cracks me up is Stan's [over]use of the English version of a Spanish possessive phrase via the word "of." For example, there is the Kree's "Aura of Negativism" which is basically an invisibility cloak. And Ronan makes use of his "Cone of Impenetrability" which, well, is a cone-shaped structure which cannot be broken.

Why not go even further? Why not keep the term structure consistent for all things Kree? Y'know, like

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If you go back through those years you will also discover that Stan's grasp of geography was worse than tenuous. Latveria moved back and forth between the Balkans and Bavaria about three times between 1965-1969, and other indications (unless there were a lot of lederhosen worn in Yugoslavia that I am unaware of) indicated that he really kinda thought they were the same place.

Posted by: Steve Newton at November 4, 2013 07:20 PM

Lee and Kirby made comics fun, even if Kirby deserves more of the credit than Lee. Lee really had a way with words that today's so-called "writers" lack.

Posted by: Carl at November 6, 2013 05:59 PM

While I think that artists like Kirby and Ditko did a lot of plotting/writing, both of their careers without Stan are pretty indicative of an inability to write dialogue. At his peak, between 1963-1968, Stan wrote better dialogue than anybody else in the field. And strips like Iron Man, Ayers-era Sgt. Fury, and Heck-era Avengers are indicative of the fact that Stan did not need Kirby or Ditko to come up with good plots and dialogue.

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