Things You Didn’t Know About Stan Lee


6. HE PIONEERED THE MARVEL METHOD

Lee’s revolution in the ‘60s didn’t just change the stories presented in comics, it changed the ways in which comics were written. He introduced the practice of regularly including a credit panel on the splash page of each story, naming not just the writer and penciller but also the inker and letterer.

He also interacted with the readers on the “Bullpen Bits” page, which was written in a friendly style. The readers were encouraged to write in, and in a mark of how successful the new style was, titled their letters to “Stan and Jack” rather than “Dear Editor.” Stan considered this friendly interaction between the creators and fans to be one of his biggest successes of the era.

He also introduced the “Marvel Method” of writing. Due to working on so many titles at once, Stan would explain to an artist what was going to happen in each issue and then go back and write in the dialogue afterwards. Prior to this, a writer would have scripted the entire book before a panel was drawn. This new method made the writer and artist collaborate in new ways and produced some of the most successful runs of all time.

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