Comics History in Photos: Stan Lee and Jenette Kahn at Temple University in 1978

In 1978 Stan Lee was the publisher of Marvel Comics, and Jenette Kahn was the publisher of DC, and together they made a speech at Temple University on the occasion of the oversized epic Superman Vs Muhammed Ali, which was termed of equal value to the Sistine Chapel. I like that comic, but even I wouldn’t go that far.

Although it’s hard to make out the text of the article, we’re guessing that somewhere in there it suggests that comics aren’t for kids anymore.

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  1. Michael Ellis Day says:

    This article is from a 1979 issue of The Comics Journal (on the Journal’s website, it turns out to be issue 47 from July 1979) so it probably doesn’t say anything about comics not being for kids anymore. That would have been taken as read by the audience.

  2. Johnny Memeonic says:

    That’s one weird haircut.

  3. jacob lyon goddard says:

    It’s a toupee.

  4. jacob lyon goddard says:

    Stan Lee way long gone from the day-to-day of comics by then, wasn’t he?

  5. Snikt Snakt says:

    I know it was 1978 but holy COW are those 2 bad hair styles!!!

  6. Marvelbunny says:

    In 1978 those were great hair styles. lol !

  7. patrick ford says:
  8. george says:

    If this is the article I think it is (I can’t read the text either), Stan acknowledges that he and Martin Goodman are no longer on speaking terms.

    Those clothes, hair and shoes were the height of fashion in the late ’70s — believe it or not!

  9. Rich Harvey says:

    Stan wasn’t long-gone from comics in 1978. Long-gone from scripting them, perhaps, but he was Marvel’s editor-in-chief and/or publisher until 1978 (or thereabouts). Once he relocated to California, though, it was long-gone …

  10. patrick ford says:

    Maybe the height of hopelessly square fashion.
    Fashion photographer Guy Bourdin captured what was considered the height of fashion at the time.,show,3,158,266,1484,0,0,0,0,michael_hoppen_contemporary.html


  1. […] Nel 1978 Stan Lee e Jenette Kahn, direttori editoriali rispettivamente di Marvel e DC, si incontrano e parlano in pubblico. E’ appena uscito quel fumetto noioso che presenta lo scontro tra Mohammed Ali e Superman e il fumetto era ormai considerabile Arte. Nella prima foto dell’articolo, Stan Lee sta chiaramente guardando le tette di Jenette Kahn. QUI. […]

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