Traditionally speaking, Spiderman is the most famous and beloved superhero in the Marvel universe and Peter Parker’s success is the main reason why Stan Lee became a popular comic book author in the first place. But while Lee is worthy of a pop culture legend, like all comic book characters, Spidey is a collaborative effort. In this case, both Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby are credited with making the front page the iconic it is today.
So that’s why fans are backing a new special edition of Entertainment Weekly, which credits Lee as the character’s sole creator on its cover. EW’s Ultimate Guide to the Spider-Man collector’s issue has an inscription on the cover promising a feature about “How Stan Lee Made Peter Parker”. And the omission of either of the two artists who brought him to life, especially Ditko, is causing a lot of anger on social media.
One fan called the cover “disrespectful”.
Even nearly 60 years since Spidey was created, Ditko is still wrongly shunned.
ComicBook.com’s Russ Burlingame gave a sarcastic response, bringing in Abraham Riesman, author of the new biography. True Faith: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee, into the chat.
Sure enough, Riesman agreed that something strange was going on here…
Even if you’re a devoted fan of Lee, like most Marvel fans are, you can’t deny this cover credits sucks.
The fact that artists are belittled in their major contributions to comics or characters in favor of writers is a longstanding problem in this industry, which sadly has never gone away, as the page shows. This cover makes it clear. Today, controversies also add wrinkles. Take it Hawk Eye, for example, inspired the Matt Fraction/David Aja comic. While Fraction was a consultant for the TV series, Aja’s only compensation was credit “thank you” on the screen.
Watch Spidey, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, in Spider-Man: There’s no way home, out December 17.
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