Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Review revue: The Onion A.V. Club reviews Tales To Astonish: Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, And The American Comic Book Revolution:

"Kirby had a habit of falling into gray areas. A singular talent in an industry that valued uniformity, and a creative whiz in a business that cared little for creators' rights, he's one of the prime movers of postwar 20th-century pop culture. But Lee became the household name, and while Ro admirably refuses to take sides in the impossible debate over who deserves more credit, it's clear that he constructed Tales To Astonish at least partly to give Kirby a bit more of his due. Kirby's relationship with Lee emerges as a fruitful partnership between men who never really understood each other, and the tensions between them were heightened by a company that rarely had either's best interests in mind. (By the end of the book, Marvel seems only slightly more caring an employer than Ro's previous subject, Suge Knight's Death Row Records.)"