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Wait, What? 26.2: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Jeff Lester


I like to think of Episode 26 as a big ol’ dish of Sweet & Sour Chicken [or vegetarian chicken-alternative of your choice]: The first installment was mostly on the sweet side (but still tangy); this installment you might find a bit more sour (but also tangy!). I don’t know, you will have to decide and let us know.

I checked in and saw it on iTunes so you should be able to get it there with minimal Montgomery-izing, or you can also check it out here:

Wait, What? Episode 26.2: Too Much of a Good Thing?

And because John K(UK) had a point, let me add–we cover the state of the industry, whether there is an inherent value to creator-owned comics, and the mystery of Smilin’ Stan.

You know the drill: future sessions should be shorter and updated more quickly, blah blah blah…thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy!

5 Responses to “ Wait, What? 26.2: Too Much of a Good Thing? ”

  1. Drokk, Mr. Lester could you be any more of a tease?

    What’s it about, dear sir? You put “Don Heck” in the description for the previous ep. so I’m trying to get to listen to it so that I can continue the never ending battle to ensure Don Heck is no longer lumped in with George Tuska. This one? I haven’t the foggiest! C’mon, babyshapes, give me a reason!

    P.S. That picture is a thing of beauty is it not?

  2. Serious response, for real this time.

    It’s questionable that Stan Lee had any hand at all in the creation of Spider-Woman and Ms. Marvel, except for maybe giving the mandate that they be created to protect Marvel’s trademarks. Besides, Spider-Woman’s origin squicked out Stan enough that Marv Wolfman had to retcon it. And while Stan did knock out the beats of She-Hulk’s origin, you can’t call it memorable or original.

    As a creator/writer, Stan was a great editor. His one great creation was the Marvel brand, actually. And I love Stan Lee!

  3. I do think creator owned comics are the only way to “save” the industry. If by save you mean not see it shrink more. It doesn’t matter what you do to Batman or Spider-Man or how many times you rape someone in the JLA clubhouse or kill a Fantastic Four member. You’re only going to be appealing to the already existing audience. Marvel and DC are catering to the hardcore audience and that can only shrink over time.

    Walking Dead, Scott Pilgrim, The Goon and even Bone and Owly are work that bring in people who don’t normally read comics. They bring in the new readers and that’s what’s needed if comics are going to grow or even hold steady. Try to bring someone new into comics with Blackest Night or Siege. You need ten years at least of comic book knowledge to make a lick of sense out of them.

  4. I really liked Stan’s writing on that Giraud’s Silver Surfer story, which I think he did all of the plot for. And that was late 80s.

  5. So,

    Having been introduced to Wait, What? a month back, I’ve been cycling through all the early episodes. I just wanted to chime in on the Stan Lee commentary and agree that, as a creator of the Marvel universe, he did a good job choosing artists to work with and he was a great PR man.

    A.L. said it very well above: “His one great creation was the Marvel brand.” He sold the hell out of that. My introduction to Marvel was through the Saturday morning cartoons in the late 70s/early 80s. And having Stan Lee narrate those episodes of Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends really made an impression on me.

    As to his later work, Rick nailed it above. The only thing I can think of I enjoyed was the Silver Surfer two-issue story, “Parable,” which had art from Moebius.

    It seems Lee needs to have an exceptional artistic storyteller as a collaborator in order to create any comics of substance, despite how “inspired” Striperella was.


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