The Marvel Way

Hello and good day, if you are a comic fan and I know you are.  You have heard of the Marvel Way.  This is the creation process that has become iconic from Marvel.  Its creator is Legendary Comic Figure, Stan Lee.  The Marvel Way is just one of a number of writing techniques for creating comics.  In this article I will be examining tis and several other creative writing styles.

There are no absolute right and wrong ways to write your comic story.  There are definetly guidelines that will help you to create strong, winning storylines.
Depending on where you are trying to break into, definetly will determine the style you should be using.  The editor for which ever company you are attempting to be hired for has the final say in the matter.  Who ever the editor is follow their directives to the letter.  This person is the gate keeper and judge over the approval process.  The Editor for any given company will be reviewing numberous scripts every day.  Online Comic Heroes wants you to succeed in your goals, so let us begin.

The Marvel Way is quite self explanitory, as being linked to Marvel.  One program I just recently purchased has a script template titled Dark Horse Script. 

During the 1960's Stan Lee was editor, script writer and responsible for many of the marketing and promotional duties.  There were as many of eight titles needing to be published each month.  Stan Lee would create a short synopsis and brainstorm with the Artists.  This technique came to be called the Marvel Method.  Although this technique had been used by creators in the past, it became linked to Stan Lee and Marvel because of the success they experienced during that time period.  

There are several ways to start, there is a Pitch Document or a Story Outline.  A Pitch Document is a short one or two paragraph document the summarizes your story idea.  The Story Outline is more detailed and can be a page or two in length.  The added detail can help visualize the characters and gives a broader feel of the story and how many issues it could cover.  Depending on the approval process you may be asked to provide one or both.  My advice is be prepared and always carry both versions.

In one source I read, it indicated that if you are creating your own self published work you do not need to do this step.
As a creator, I have adopted this method.  Again, there are no set in stone rules.  Many sources advise that you must find your own style.

Let us touch on the creative team that will be involved in the process.  This will also help you choose how to write your story.  In a sectionalized team you have the Writer, the Penciller, the Inker, the Colorist, the Letterer and perhaps a Cover Artist.  All overseen by your Editor.  In such a set up it is helpful to keep all the members of the team in the loop and working closely as a team.

I modern comics, it is not uncommon that the creative team is very small.  More and more creator owned titles are being released.  I myself pencil, ink and publish my comics.  That means that I often start with an idea and go right into the pencil and layout stage without a written script.  My style definitely falls under the Marvel Way of creating comics.  It is interesting, when I work on projects for other creators I prefer to have a well defined written script in front of me.

In further articles I will be examining other aspects of writing and hopefully you will find them helpful and informative.


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