Comic Art Terms - Marvel Method

Comic Art Terms – Marvel Method

Comic Art Terms – Marvel Method
The “Marvel method” is a manner of writing comics popularized in the 1960s by Stan Lee (with his artistic collaborators, in particular Jack Kirby) in large part simply to speed up the process. Rather than producing a full script, (typically) the writer and artist would talk over a rough plot outline, and then the artist would produce the full comics-worth of pages. The writer would then add dialogue to the artwork after it was done, rather than the other way around.

This method of working is still used occasionally, particularly by artist-plotters. Its use in the creation of the vast majority of Marvel’s 1960s key output, has drawn considerable criticism and created large amounts of confusion, since it clouds the issue of who did what. Artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, for example, have alleged that the actual input from “writer” Lee was minimal and that it was regularly/completely left to the artist to produce the plot and story. Even as the writer was given most of the credit with the “Marvel method”.

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