The case against Stan Lee

This is a strange one. Alex Pappademas goes to meet Stan Lee with the implied intention of raking him over the coals for the injustice done to Jack Kirby, Stan Lee’s co-creator of The Avengers, X-Men, and Fantastic Four, among others. The thing is, it doesn’t seem like Pappademas is passionate about comics, in one way or another (if he mentioned his feelings in the piece, I missed it). And after doing a fairly thorough job making the case against Lee, he lets him off the hook in the 10 minute interview. Still an interesting read.

On the other hand, I can’t conceive of any scenario in which ambushing and pissing off a man who’ll turn 90 in December will make me feel awesome. Stan has no power. He’s a pensioner whose job is to travel around walking red carpets and telling people he approves of movies other people have made based on comics he wrote in the ’60s. If Stan suing Marvel 10 years ago was like Colonel Sanders suing Kentucky Fried Chicken, confronting Stan in 2012 about the injustice done to Jack Kirby by Marvel would be like grilling Mr. Peanut about the business practices of Kraft Foods.

The case against Stan Lee

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