“It’s complicated” is a simple term that’s creeped into all facets of our lexicon. It’s now become something more than just a placeholder of a particular status category on social media. But let’s face it; whenever we deal with real people who live on planet Earth, things tend to get complicated. There are no simple answers. Even the shades of gray have shades of gray. And that’s the proper mindset for jumping into John Morrow’s phenomenal new book Kirby & Lee: Stuf’ Said.
This book is a fascinating deep dive into contentious relationships between the men, and women, who would shape what pop culture now regards as the Marvel Universe. There are so many questions: Who contributed what? Did the writer actually write the stuff? Who came up with the ideas originally? Why didn’t everyone get along better? Marvel now generates billions of dollars in business, so we have to wonder if all involved had been compensated fairly? (Spoiler alert: “no”.)
There seems to be a lot of excitement for this book. “John Morrow has done it again,” said Emil Novak, Sr, a pioneering comic book retailer since 1969. “Stuf’ Said chronicles the perplexing conversation of who fundamentally created most of Marvel’s comic book characters. And the results will change your thoughts and history forever.” Continue reading “With Further Ado #031: Kirby and Lee: Stuf’ Said by John Morrow”