“… a knife in the guts of less famous comics creators.”
I first came across this on Twitter, when Scott Kurtz mentioned it and correctly called it out for the jackassery it is.
Comics Alliance never misses an opportunity to invent an injustice. Especially when they can attack a 90 year old. http://t.co/nlDEiJVSEu
— Scott Kurtz (@pvponline) July 10, 2014
More below the fold. Fair warning: I get pretty cranky in this…
ComicsAlliance.com’s Matt D. Wilson has decided Stan Lee is the Devil. Based on what? A goofy video posted last week that’s part of “Stan’s Rants” on YouTube. “Stan’s Rants” are brief videos of Stan going off like a crazy old man. It’s a self-parody and it’s done with tongue firmly in cheek. It even has cheezy, ranty music at the end of the clips. It’s a gag; a goof.
But for Comics Alliance it’s an opportunity to erupt hipster-style about Stan Lee in relation to other Marvel writers/artists. Now here’s the video in question, in which Stan rants about long credits at the end of movies.
Here are some nuggets from this smear piece. Note the way he starts it out of the gate:
Ravage 2099 and Stripperella co-creator Stan Lee has been channeling Andy Rooney in a series of videos on World of Heroes called “Stan’s Rants.” Like those missives of the late American broadcaster, these clips are mostly benign “cranky old man” bits. His newest one is about how he hates being on hold, for example.
Ravage 2099 and Stripperella co-creator. On top of co-creating other laughable stuff you’ve probably never heard of. You know, like Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four. Completely insignificant, right? He then goes on to say “most” of the Stan’s Rants videos are just benign “cranky old man bits.” Except for this one, of course, because he can twist it into an attack on Stan.
Wilson goes on to say:
But the video above, which is from last week, is a knife in the guts of less famous comics creators — which is to say, nearly all of them. In the video, Lee complains about having to sit through long credits at the end of movies, including superhero movies.
“Nobody knows who (these people) are, nobody can read them and nobody cares,” he says, astonishingly.
But here’s the problem: Those credits are usually where the names of comics creators who wrote and drew the characters the movies are based on actually get seen.
How much say does Matt Wilson think Stan gets when it comes to setting up the movie credits, anyway? Before the current stream of Marvel movies (hell decades before Blade!) Stan was working very hard to get Marvel heroes into film and television. Should he not get honorary producer credit for that?
Later Wilson says:
Nevertheless, what he’s saying — what Stan Lee is saying — intentionally or not, is that the one place where comics creators get credited in films based on their work is non-essential, should be truncated substantially or removed entirely.
No, Matt. It’s what you’re reading into it because you need it to fit some sick anti-Stan narrative.
I’m not going to keep quoting this tripe. The link’s above if you want to read it. If you’ve read the “I hate Stan!” stuff before, where it’s the same “Boo hoo, Stan gets too much credit!” crap, then you’ve already read this. Except that it goes waaaay the Hell out of its way to add two and two together to get five. All for the sake of attacking Stan Lee.
It’s laughable hipsterism. I’ve hit the limit of my patience for fanatical anti-Stan people. Honestly, at this point if you have hate for Stan Lee it says way more about you than it does about Stan.