Monday, April 14, 2014

Will this thesis get me a step closer to being an accepted Comic Scholar?

Lee/Kirby realize that Cap is the perfect surrogate for John Henry, the technology-battling American Folk Hero from a century and a half earlier. One wonders how long it took the talented team to plan this page out because that whole "Marvel Method" cover story they used in the Silver Age was to give the impression that this high-water mark of their collaboration was because of synergistic/synchronistic creation magic. They were likely advised by child psychologists to inculcate the malleable youngsters that were the bulk of that era's readership to the concept that Lee/Kirby were not calculating and manipulative adults like the Sixties' DC full-script fascists. To further perpetuate this fiction Lee/Kirby adopted the public personas of two archetypes beloved by children - the Fun Uncle and the Whopper-telling Grandpa. 
If it doesn't than this post is just a clever parody. (Yeah, that's the ticket!)

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