There are some who feel that when I point out differences between Kirby’s and Lee’s characterization of female characters that I’m reading things into the art that aren’t necessarily there.
Honestly, sometimes even I question myself. Sometimes I err on the side of caution and opt to not post a panel if it seems too ambiguous.
Above is an example of such a panel. My first reaction was “ha ha, Jack has Reed holding Sue back from attacking while Stan has her asking Reed to take action! This is hilarious!” But the more I looked at it, the more I second-guessed myself. Is Reed really holding her back, or just holding her? Am I misreading the art?
A few months ago the original art for this page appeared online, and it confirmed my initial reading. I’ve darkened the partially cut off margin area to make it easier to read. Jack has Reed saying EASY, SUE!
I can’t tell you how much I wish I knew what SUE SAYS. I looked at margin notes from surrounding issues to try and find examples of letters that match the top of what’s there, and my best estimate is that she’s saying “YOU BARBARIANS! with the closing quotation mark being on the next line.
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