Doug: What is your definition of "a hack"? We've heard the term used often, applied to both writers and artists -- and if you ran out and got yourself a copy of "The Thin Black Line" like I told you to, you'd know that inkers like Vinnie Colletta were thrown into the mix as well.
What makes a guy a hack, and would you say that once a hack, always a hack? Does it have to do with ability, prolificacy, the lack of attention to details, or what? Is it possible that a given story might be considered "mailing it in" by one reader, but the greatest thing ever written by a different reader? Who was (or is) a hack, in your opinion?