So What Is The Marvel Method?
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.