Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Write Stuff Wednesday
Stan Lee is this Wednesday's author with the Write Stuff! There's a lengthy wiki page full of details of his career, but what sets him apart - and earns my love and affection as writer and reader is that he created superheroes with human flaws and day to day concerns.
Comic books (graphic novels) before Stan Lee were geared toward preteens with bigger than life, perfectly moral archetypes. Readers everywhere should be thankful for Lee's creative genius in this medium. He wrote graphic novels in every genre from western to romance to sci-fi and would eventually co-create the most popular Marvel character, Spiderman.
He changed the industry, no question. Marvel comics under Stan Lee's guidance are visual studies of characterization and vibrant storytelling. And by changing graphic novels, he impacted countless writers and artists in other areas - including me!
Of course, you only have to read my Monday post to know I'm forever grateful for the Marvel - and marvelous - creation of the best tortured hero ever: Wolverine, of Xmen.
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Happy reading of all the Write Stuff!
author of Justice Incarnate and other books available from Echelon Press.
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(photo courtesy of the Stan Lee page on Wikipedia)