So What Is The Marvel Method?

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While many comic book au­thors pre­fer to sup­ply full scripts, with all the nec­es­sary di­a­logue and panel de­scrip­tions, the so-called Marvel Method is still pop­u­lar with many scribes. It was pi­o­neered by Stan Lee dur­ing Marvel’s ’60s hey­day so the for­mer edi­tor-in-chief could pen sev­eral books a month while still con­tin­u­ing with his day job. In­stead of full scripts, the writer puts to­gether a plot syn­op­sis, of vary­ing de­tail, which is sent to the artist. When the pages are com­plete, the writer adds all the words. It does al­low for greater col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween cre­ators, as the sto­ry­telling be­comes the artist’s re­spon­si­bil­ity, but Jack Kirby, Stan the Man’s leg­endary artist, claimed that it just left most of the hard work up to him.

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