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Heroes & Legends 001

Posted by dave, October 12, 2007 at 7:28 pm · 3 Comments ·

Heroes & Legends 001For Better and For Worse!
Script: Stan Lee
Plot: Fabian Nicieza
Pencils: Sal Buscema, John Buscema, John Romita Sr., Steve Ditko, Gene Colan, Marie Severin & Ron Frenz
Inks: Tom Palmer, Joe Sinnott, Terry Austin, Bill Reinhold, Marie Severin & Al Milgrom
Colors: John Kalisz with Paul Becton
Lettering: Richard Starkings
Originally published: October 1996

I read this in the wrong order, I should have read it immediately following FF Annual #3. I should have, though I wish I had never read it at all. This takes the already horrible story in that issue and makes it worse with a pointless, worthless update that is not only boring, but throws Phil Sheldon into the mix and makes me start to hate his character too. Yes, this is so bad that it actually started to ruin Marvels for me. My only hope is that enough time passes between now and when I read the next issue of Marvels that I forgot Heroes & Legends entirely.

And, after 30 years, has Stan Lee learned how to write for and about women yet? Has he become more sensitive to sexism and how women are portrayed in comics? You be the judge:

witless female

This issue gets the honour of being the first zero rating of this blog.

I refuse to waste my time tagging all the billions of heroes and villains that appeared in this trite shite.


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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mike Haseloff // Oct 15, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    I’m not about to argue the feminist ethics of the guy who created Stripperella, but I will say this: For character-cramming superhero stupid, it’s tough to go past this comic!

  • 2 Daniel // Apr 24, 2008 at 10:52 am

    I hardly think that you can judge Stan Lee as sexist for what he had a villain say.

  • 3 dave // Apr 25, 2008 at 9:33 am

    @Daniel – I actually can judge him based on that. I don’t really think it’s in-character for Doom, and I think the writing would have been better if Doom hadn’t based his response solely on Sue’s gender.

    Furthermore, my concern about Stan Lee and sexism isn’t based just on this one panel, it grew out of reading a lot of stuff that he wrote and noticing a trend. I don’t actually believe that he’s sexist, but I do believe that his writing can be sloppy and tend towards sexism.

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