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May 15th, 2009 at 17:35 GMT
Which would be better, to be a one hit wonder with Superman (arguably the most recognized comic) like Siegel and Shuster or be more like Lee or Kirby with multiple comics? Discuss
May 15th, 2009 at 17:41 GMT
Lee by a mile. If Superman is top, everything else that follows is Lee (excluding Batman). Fairplay to Siegel and Shuster for creating probably the worlds most famous superhero, but I'd rather have Spiderman, XMen, Hulk etc under my belt any day!
May 15th, 2009 at 17:47 GMT
Lee...cause then you get to put yourself in every movie involving your creations. Jackpot.
May 15th, 2009 at 18:31 GMT
didn't know the guy who created Wonder Woman was a doctor. and the first time Siegel/Shuster used the Superman concept, he was a villain - The Reign of the Superman. They later turned him into a force for good.
May 15th, 2009 at 18:34 GMT
If Kurtzberg is going to be accepted, Lieber should also.
May 15th, 2009 at 18:35 GMT
Too bad Siegel/Shuster weren't able to have cameos in the original Superman films from the 70's & 80's. They were alive until the early/mid-90's.
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May 15th, 2009 at 18:51 GMT
how come lee isn't accepted for stan lee?
May 15th, 2009 at 18:53 GMT
Stan Lee came back? Stan Lee never left.
May 15th, 2009 at 18:58 GMT
Nice mix of comics, not sticking to just Marvel and DC. Only ones I missed were the third in the Sandman and Watchmen lists. What did those guys do? BTW, Siegel and Shuster were no one-hit wonders. They created a number of other comic book characters of lasting popularity - their detective, Slam Bradley, lasted as a feature in Detective Comics for 12 years - but of course, Superman far overshadows anything else they'd ever done.
May 15th, 2009 at 19:05 GMT
@mungar - I'll give you a one up for the comic book guy reference.
May 15th, 2009 at 20:21 GMT
Glad to see Bill Finger accepted as a bonus answer on Batman. DC (and Bob Kane's) refusal to formally acknowledge this co-creatorship is one of the most shameful incidents in comics history.
May 15th, 2009 at 20:45 GMT
Wasn't the Sandman created by someone else in the DC front office and then Gaiman picked up the little known and seldom used character (same with Death) and wrote a series on him (and his siblings)?
May 15th, 2009 at 20:46 GMT
Er, not that I'm going to short-change the brilliance that is Neil Gaiman.
May 15th, 2009 at 20:47 GMT
I'd hate to be Siegel and Shuster. Had they retained the Superman rights, they'd be multi-billionaires by now.
May 15th, 2009 at 22:22 GMT
@MattJ: To the best of my knowledge, no. There were characters named Sandman in the DC Universe (standard superhero types), but the particular version which Gaiman wrote about was new and distinct.
May 15th, 2009 at 23:09 GMT
Gaiman's Sandman was original to him, but DC's front office was actively looking for a property to slap that name on to protect the copyright. And original Sandman did appear in it a few times. Also, I think Finger shouldn't be a bonus, but a regular answer.
May 15th, 2009 at 23:17 GMT
Bill Finger shouldn't be a bonus answer. He created Batman as much as Kane did.
May 15th, 2009 at 23:40 GMT
Gaiman also wrote some stories with Silver Age Sandman. There's one in "Midnight Days."
May 16th, 2009 at 02:30 GMT
It's Spider-Man, not Spiderman
May 16th, 2009 at 04:09 GMT
Siegel and Shuster really got screwed over. Poor guys.
May 17th, 2009 at 02:34 GMT
Ah, Groo the Wanderer. Did I err?
Sep 26th, 2009 at 16:50 GMT
"Bill Finger shouldn't be a bonus answer. He created Batman as much as Kane did." Exactly what I was going to say.
Jan 11th, 2010 at 07:29 GMT
Great quiz! I have put together another one focusing on indie comics creators here http://www.sporcle.com/games/guydiborneo/indie_comics_creators.
Feb 23rd, 2010 at 20:56 GMT
I don't think John Higgins should be on this list.
Sep 19th, 2012 at 13:30 GMT
@mjenks;@MRL;@Havok3595; I believe that the character mjekns is thinking of is the Jack Kirby created Sandman from the early 70's. Gsiman did incorporate him into his Vertigo run, specifically #11-12. And in an interview with Gaiman years ago, he said he was given a list of unused properties and told pick whichever one he wanted and was given carte blanche with the name. He remembered reading Kirby's Sandman as a kid and liked the weirdness of it, so that's the one he chose.
Sep 20th, 2012 at 14:34 GMT
Bill Finger is 'only' a bonus answer, because technically Batman (or "The Bat-man") was created as a character by Kane the artist. Finger (and, particularly, Gardner Fox) created many of the trappings we now associate with the character in his text, but they were - vital - *additions* to the character, not part of the creation. (Not that the creation wasn't inspired by/ripped off from Doc Savage and the Shadow and Flash Gordon et al.) Jerry Robinson's contributions - Robin, Joker - are also arguably as important, but not original parts of the creation. John Higgins coloured Watchmen, and it was his design and colour scheme that added a lot to the reading experience. So while it's rightly often co-credited to Moore/Gibbons only, Higgins is an important figure, and was so from the very start. Dringenberg and Kieth were instrumental in the design and look of the key characters in Gaiman's Sandman, and are listed as co-creators for that reason, I believe. There'll be a breakdown online somewhere, I'm sure. The Simon/Kirby Sandman for DC shares little more than a name with Gaiman's myth-and-legend Vertigo creation, hence the "(Vertigo)," and their omission.
Oct 21st, 2012 at 00:56 GMT
Bill Finger was definitely co-creator. He made Batman's Costume and origin story. Kane was gonna have Batman be a lot weirder looking than he is now, with red in his costume, and a lot different, but Finger suggested a more bat like costume, using darker colors, and having him have a tragic past that shaped him. He also made the plots for many of the early stories, and created the Joker.
Jan 30th, 2013 at 18:45 GMT
I agree with the previous comment. Bill Finger's contributions to Batman were far more important than John Higgins's contributions to Watchmen, and Finger should be accepted as a full answer, not a bonus answer.
Feb 6th, 2013 at 18:00 GMT
Kane was a hack and a plagerist. Half the iconic panels in the first Batman story were traces from other adventure books of the time. Not comics - books with an illustration on one page and text on the other. Almost no art work or scripts after that point were directly created by Bill Finger and a group of "ghost artists". See http://dialbforblog.com/archives/391/ for scads of details.
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