#1 Posted by PikminMania (4628 posts) - - Show Bio

Who is the better writer overall?

#2 Posted by judasnixon (6586 posts) - - Show Bio

Neil Gaiman.....

#3 Posted by Billy Batson (58031 posts) - - Show Bio


#4 Posted by guttridgeb (4832 posts) - - Show Bio

Gaiman, easily. Stan Lee was a great creator (not a fan of his recent creations) but his stories just weren't up to scratch IMO. Still love the guy though :P

#5 Posted by SC (13124 posts) - - Show Bio

Eh kind of tricky comparison you know. They aren't contemporaries and they both wrote for dramatically different audiences in very different times. Its a bit like comparing Snow White and Fight Club. One has a lot more depth, complexity and so on, and the other was really influential, helped create an industry and had really really good art that was probably as important to note if not more than the writing... So Gaiman's work demonstrates better pure writing technique, and it should. He comes later and is targeting an audience that can actually appreciate that level of writing. He lived and was exposed to different ideas in a different grayer world and time, than Stan Lee. If Gaiman was the same age as Lee and lived through similar experiences and worked in the same eras as Lee would we still get his best writing work? Probably not, but then again he may have been more influential and richer and famous than Lee currently is. So yeah pure writing I think Gaiman has demonstrated better, but its only natural that he should.

#6 Posted by ptigrusmagus (491 posts) - - Show Bio

Tough to compare but Gaiman is the better overall author. Stan Lee is a better comic book creator.

#7 Posted by joeagentofhand1 (4362 posts) - - Show Bio

Neil Gaiman

#8 Posted by coolguyr99 (3019 posts) - - Show Bio

Lee because the only Gaiman I have read is Sandman, and I didn't enjoy it.

#9 Posted by RustyRoy (12772 posts) - - Show Bio

Gaiman is a better writer and Lee is a better creator. But Jack Kirby is the better than Both(my opinion).

#10 Posted by jonEsherfey (443 posts) - - Show Bio

I have to say Stan Lee. Gaiman made Sandman but that is his best work while on the other hand with Lee he has had some of the best runs with the most iconic characters. Also he created so many of the best marvel characters.

#11 Posted by Shark_Repellent_Bat_Spray (745 posts) - - Show Bio

Gaiman! Seriously, this is like asking who is a better director between Stanley Kubrick and Michael Bay.

#12 Posted by kuonphobos (4898 posts) - - Show Bio

This question amuses me.

Dr Seuss or Anne Rice?

#13 Edited by tg1982 (2715 posts) - - Show Bio

Seeing as how they are from 2 different eras it's really hard to compare the 2. And in the case of things that are art saying "the best" is mostly based on pure perception, like music and movies. Some people like rock and might say Nirvana or The Who are the greatest but some might say Johnny Cash or Tupac, depending on your individual preference, comics and writing are the same thing. I will say that Stan Lee is probably the most influential of the two, and if it wasn't for Stan Lee (and Kirby, Kane, Simon, Siegal and Schuster but we're talking about Gaiman and Lee so I'm only focusing on these two) it's very possible that comics wouldn't have moved to the mainstream like they are now in other medias, movies in particular. Just my thoughts though.

#14 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (20264 posts) - - Show Bio

Both are good in their areas.

#15 Posted by UltraSuperTrooper (676 posts) - - Show Bio

Stan lee. He was an innovator