The Jim Shooter Files – Stan Lee on Effeminate Heroes and Ugly Women

Last month’s MCM London Comic Con had Jim Shooter as a guest, and at his table were a number of folders, binders, full of memos, sketches, artwork from his long career at DC, Marvel, Valiant and more. He graciously allowed Bleeding Cool to take shots of a few of them, but these are just the tip of the iceberg of the folders he often brings to shows. But for Thanksgiving, Bleeding Cool will be sharing a few of them, and you can check the rest with this handy dandy tag.

Jim Shooter

In a memo from Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee to editor-in-chief Jim Shooter, dated the 26th of April, 1978, he wrote about the covers to the following comics.

HULK #75: I think it would be a good idea if we put The Hulk into some typical human situations, such as appearing on the tv shows. Although the attached cover may be very clear to a constant reader of The Hulk magazines, I have absolutely no idea what it’s all about just by looking at the picture and reading the caption. Speak to me about it if you wish.

X-MEN #113: This is a reasonably good cover insofar as it’s drawn clearly, although there’s a lot going on. I think the girls could be far more beautiful looking– as a matter of fact, they are pretty ugly on the cover, but I guess that might be too much to expect. Jim, when girls have to be drawn, can’t we have somebody who draws pretty girls do the pencilling and/or the inking on the covers?

KULL #29: This cover is actually pretty good, but had I seen it in pencil, I would have suggested that Kull’s legs be further apart to give more feeling of power and strength. He’s standing in a somewhat effeminate position. The one thing to remember is that the hero should always look as tough and as rugged and as dangerous as the villain.¬† If this isn’t clear, I’ll be happy to discuss it with you.

Hulk #75 would have been Marvel Super-Heroes #75, with this cover…

The Jim Shooter Files - Stan Lee on Effeminate Heroes and Ugly Women

But X-Men‘s cover¬†#113 was this, by John Byrne and Terry Austin.

The Jim Shooter Files - Stan Lee on Effeminate Heroes and John Byrne's Ugly Women

And this was the cover to Kull The Destroyer… with those effeminate legs…

The Jim Shooter Files - Stan Lee on Effeminate Heroes and John Byrne's Ugly Women

More, much more, to come.

 

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