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STAN: NOT THE MAN
Re: “The Neurotic Superhero” [January 4–10]. Very cool comix issue, although Jonathan Vankin’s abetting of the revisionist history of media whore Stan Lee was disappointing. Lee is credited with creating heaven and earth, perhaps even God, but it’s obvious he was in place at Marvel by fortune of family relations, living off the true geniuses, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. The proof? Look at the body of work of the two artists after their split with Lee and Marvel. It carried all the ideologies credited to Lee, while Lee’s work has been an ongoing, unmitigated disaster. His recent re-creations of classic DC characters have been marked only by unspeakable banality. However, with Jack now safely dead and Steve garreted away, Lee is free to rewrite reality, with untutored journalists in tow. I’m saddened to see it, this continuance of mercantile arrogance over creativity.
Somebody should inform Jonathan Vankin that Stan Lee didn’t create Spider-Man, or any other comic-book character for that matter. It’s common knowledge in the comics industry that Stan Lee did nothing more than rewrite dialogue after Jack Kirby — the artist and writer of such comics as Fantastic Four, X-Men and Captain America — turned in his completed artwork to the Marvel offices. If asked, Stan Lee himself will admit to this. The problem is, nobody ever bothers to ask.
“At the same time, cleanup crews had completely transformed Ground Zero into a vast emptiness that more resembled a new construction site than the scene of the nation’s worst human disaster since slavery” [“Less Than Ground Zero,” January 4–10]. I think Steven Mikulan needs a reality check. By what standard was the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center “the nation’s worst human disaster since slavery”? Has he forgotten about World War II? Vietnam?
—“Blind Morton” Henkin
Re: Ali Ahmed Rind’s “Letter From Pakistan: The Last Stand” [January 11–17]. I can understand that Mr. Rind’s views would be biased. He is a Pakistani. But it is his distortion of history that galls me. His “brief history” in paragraph five is a bit too brief, I must say. He says, “Kashmir was divided between Pakistan and India, and the two countries have fought two full-scale wars . . .” The fact of the matter is, Kashmir was not divided between India and Pakistan; it agreed to join India. The maharajah of Kashmir, like 500-plus sundry rulers who formed British India, had a choice of joining either India or the newly created state of Pakistan. The maharajah chose India after Pakistan invaded his state to force his hand. This is not in dispute; there have been countless books written on the subject.
So you see, Pakistan was the aggressor in 1947, and after Kashmir joined India, India had to send its troops to defend the newest member of its family. This is why the two countries fought a war in 1947-48 (and a couple more after that). It is one thing to express biased views, but it is entirely another to distort history. I feel that you owe it to your readers to present the facts.
POWERS VS. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Re: John Powers’ story concerning Enron and The Wall Street Journal’s coverage thereof. Powers is way off base. He should be able to comprehend the difference between the (rabidly right-wing) editorial page and the news pages. The Journal broke the Enron story, and has covered it with great intensity and insight. Powers owes them a correction, and an apology.
I have had many people slam my Enron piece, but so far John Powers is the only person who seems to have read it.
POWERS ª THE NEW YORK TIMES
Re: John Powers’ kudos for The New York Times’ Paul Krugman [“The Crash of Civilizations,” December 28–January 3]. Bravo! Krugman is what I call “tough love.”
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