Doug: So it occurred to me last week when Karen led the Hulk discussion that some characters may be easier to write than others. And I don't say that with the supposition that the "dumb Hulk" is a slam dunk by any means. I'm sure writing in that immature 1st-person form (I guess one could argue it's third person), with a certain charm and silliness all wrapped into one, isn't always easy. On the other hand, is a stuffy Reed Richards a simple character to write? I think a character that has had many different voices is the Batman. We've seen him run from the over-the-top camp of Adam West to the current incarnation of "the G-D Batman!" Bro-therrrr. The latter seriously aggravates me -- I think it has no place in a mass marketed comic book, first of all, and secondly (we've talked about this around here) it gives off the air that the Batman is more unbalanced and dangerous than the very criminals he's supposed to bring to justice. And please pardon Mr. Wayne's French, so to speak, in the art exhibit below.
So what sayest thou? Who do you think has to be handled with care to sound "right"? Who are some writers who are really good at nailing it, and where have there been times when you were left scratching your head (how on earth did that guy get that assignment?)? Thank you for your thoughts!
As many of you have heard by now, the Queen of Disco, Donna Summer, passed away today after a bout with cancer. Here's a little tribute for fellow Bronze Agers who appreciated (even if you're in the closet) that era: