How Stan Lee Broke Down the Barrier Between Audience and Artist
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How Stan Lee Broke Down the Barrier Between Audience and Artist

Stan Lee is known as the co-creator of any number of comic book characters: Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, the list goes on and on — there are few characters in Marvel’s back catalog that don’t have his fingerprints on them in some form or another. But perhaps his greatest legacy isn’t the army of superheroes that populate the Marvel Universe, but the way he broke down the barriers between fans and creators on the page during the Marvel revolution of the 1960s. Lee, who died Monday at 95, was responsible for the addition of creator credits in Marvel’s comic book output, a break from the industry standard at the time — previously, at Marvel as-was, and certainly at other publishers, fans would be required to study art styles or hunt for signatures to identify who drew each issue of their favorite characters, while writers toiled in even deeper obscurity. (What creator names were attached to stories was often a reflection of who had originally invented the characters, as opposed to who had worked on each story.) It’s not entirely clear why Lee broke away from the norm with his […]

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