The video above shows Marvel Comics editor Stan Lee in 1966, talking about the new Captain America animated cartoon. Bald and mustache-less, he looks a bit bland for the era. Cut to 1977 and he's got a toupee and mustache that would put him in front of the line for Hef's Grotto. The interesting thing is that in both videos he says the same thing — Marvel comics are successful because they are about ordinary people who've been given superpowers. It's a good approach, and one that seems to be absent from most movies featuring Marvel superheroes.
Even though I've got some gripes with how the Marvel cinematic universe has fundamentally changed the way studios finance films, I'm still too much of a card-carrying nerd to hate the franchise entirely. On the whole, Marvel films are decent adaptations of the source material that trade the artistry and subtext for quips and cameos. … READ THE REST
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It's hard to believe now, but Marvel lagged DC in the adaptation game until the 21st century. Yes, the classic Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and Iron Man series were massive hits in the 60s, but DC dominated the small screen. Kids might have loved singing the Spider-Man theme, but everyone was dancing the Batusi. And with the arrival of the Superman movie franchise in the… READ THE REST
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