STAN: NOT THE MAN
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.
—Marc S. Tucker
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
—“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
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.
Buffalo, New York
POWERS VS. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Re: “Rank and
Yank at Enron” [January 11–17]. Great column by John Powers on the entanglements
of Enron and the Bushies. Too bad the mainstream media can’t quite grasp the
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.
Maplewood, New Jersey
I have had many people slam my Enron piece, but so far John Powers is the
only person who seems to have read it.
The Wall Street Journal editorial page
New York City
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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