Stan Lee talks to Marvel.com about writing a new story for THOR #600, and how times have changed:
“When I used to write Thor, I had all the characters talk the way I imagined that Norse gods would talk. “Thou shalt not” and “get thee gone” and “so be it” and stuff like that. But I’ve been reading the Thor books lately and he talks like you or me! So I just had him talking like a regular guy because I didn’t want to throw the readers off balance.
Every balloon that I wrote, every panel, I was tempted to have him talk the way he used to, but I figured, well, that’ll confuse people.”
Would Marvel’s original THOR comics have been successful without that over-cooked, faux-Elizabethan dialogue? Verily, we say nay!
Meanwhile, in the previously-mentioned wide-ranging interview with Bookslut, Jason Lutes (BERLIN) talks about the virtues and vices of Stan Lee’s writing in the ’60s:
“Sure, it’s terribly written in the technical sense, but the kind of energy and creativity there is great…
“I do a slide-show with my students where I talk about my early influences. Marvel westerns were a big part of my childhood growing up in Montana and there’s a slide I have of the cover of a Rawhide Kid. And there’s a spiky bubble telling you why you should read it and it has “Action! Action! Action!” That’s it. It doesn’t say “Story of the Rawhide Kid.” Or “Bandits Attack Deadwood.” Or whatever. It’s just three demanding words. To a kid, you think, “There’s three times the action in here. I better pick it up.” That stuff is wonderful. I love that stuff. More and more these days, I see so much less invention and so much of the superhero stuff now is so derivative.”
Posted by Aaron Humphrey
Edit from The Beat:
Beau Smith sent along this image which may be a bit germane to the discussion: