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If Shakespeare and Michelangelo were alive today, and if they decided to collaborate on a comic, Shakespeare would write the script and Michelangelo would draw it. How could anybody say that this wouldn't be as worthwhile an artform as anything on earth?

STAN LEE, Stan Lee: Conversations

Comic books helped me to define myself and my world in a way that made both far less frightening. I honestly cannot imagine how I would have navigated my way through childhood without them.

BRADFORD W. WRIGHT, Comic Book Nation

Today, the comic book industry is an entertainment business not unlike Hollywood. Just as there are popular actors, there are also the star comic book creators, writers, and pencilers, who attract crowds of hundreds -- sometimes thousands -- of eager, autograph-seeking fans at every comic book convention they attend.

TONY CAPUTO, How to Self-Publish Your Own Comic Book

Specific, closed cultures like that surrounding comic books have allowed voices to be heard that might not have been audible in a world in which all cultural texts speak the same common language.

MATTHEW J. PUSTZ, Comic Book Culture

Comic books epitomize the accessibility, disposability, and appeal to instant gratification that lie at the core of modern consumer culture.

BRADFORD W. WRIGHT, Comic Book Nation

I'm no prophet, but I'm guessing that comic books will always be strong. I don't think anything can really beat the pure fun and pleasure of holding a magazine in your hand, reading the story on paper, being able to roll it up and put it in your pocket, reread again later, show it to a friend, carry it with you, toss it on a shelf, collect them, have a lot of magazines lined up and read them again as a series. I think young people have always loved that. I think they always will.

STAN LEE, Brandweek, May 2000

A critical analysis of the comic-book form is especially necessary now, when a growing number of contemporary American comic books are being written as literature aimed at a general readership of adults and concerned, not with the traditionally escapist themes of comics, but with issues such as the clash of cultures in American history, the burdens of guilt and suffering passed on within families, and the trials and small triumphs of the daily workaday world.

JOSEPH WITEK, Comic Books As History

Comic book should be written as one word. So from now on, I want you to remember that. I never want to see the word comicbook written as two words. They are not funny books. They are not comic books, they are comicbooks! Remember that, or incur my wrath.

STAN LEE, Youtube video, "Stan Lee Hates 'Comic Books' - Stan's Rants", Stan Lee's World of Heroes

Some people will say, "Why read a comic book? It stifles the imagination. If you read a novel you imagine what people are like. If you read a comic, it's showing you." The only answer I can give is, "You can read a Shakespeare play, but does that mean you wouldn't want to see it on the stage?"

STAN LEE, Denver Post Online, May 23, 2013

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