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EVERYONE loves continuity.


Ken from Chicago Jun 5, 2004 10:09 AM
Posted in group: rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe
It's an old argument, and I'm tired of hearing it, so I'm forced to end all
debate on it once and for all:

EVERYONE loves continuity.

MYTH: People are willing to sacrifice continuity for a good story.

TRUTH: Everyone loves continuity.

RUB: As in "ah, but here's the 'rub'", here's where the REAL disagreement
exists: The number one reason for disagreements is people using the same
terms with DIFFERENT DEFINITIONS.

THUS: While everyone loves continuity, while no one is willing to sacrifice
continuity for a good story, people define "STORY" differently.

"STORY" defined:

--a tale told in one, two, three or however many issues of a series (e.g.,
"The Dark Phoenix Saga", "The Mutant Massacre", "The Death of Superman",
"Crisis on Infinite Earths", "Secret Wars", etc.)

--the entire history of a given character (e.g., Flash, Hulk, Supreme, etc.)

--the entire history of a given character in a given series (e.g., SUPERMAN,
THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, SUPERBOY, ACTION COMICS, JLA, SPIDER-MAN, THE
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, THE SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN, SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN,
X-MEN, THE UNCANNY X-MEN, etc.)

--the entire history of a given character in a given series by a given
writer / editor (e.g., Stan Lee's Fantastic Four, Jerry Siegel & Joe
Shuster's Superman, Mort Weisenger's Superman, Julius Schwartz's Superman,
John Byrne's Superman, Chris Clairmont's X-Men, Frank Miller's Daredevil,
Keith Giffen's Justice League, J. Michael Straczynski's Spider-Man, Paul
Jenkins' Spider-Man, Peter David's Hulk, etc.)

--the entire history of a given character in a given medium (e.g.,
SMALLVILLE, LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, SUPERMAN: THE
MOVIE, SUPERMAN II, SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, THE BATMAN/SUPERMAN
ADVENTURES, SUPERMAN: THE SUNDAY CLASSICS, SPIDER-MAN, THE AMAZING
SPIDER-MAN, SPIDER-MAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS, SPIDER-MAN: THE NEW ANIMATED
SERIES, SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED, JUSTICE LEAGUE, CHALLENGE OF THE SUPER
FRIENDS, THE SUPER POWERS TEAM: GALACTIC GUARDIANS, UNCANNY X-MEN, X-MEN:
EVOLUTION, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/X-MEN: PLANET X, etc.)

--an individual issue, episode, movie, page, panel, paragraph, scene, etc.

--any combination of the above.

In short, arguments of continuity are really arguments over why my
definition of "story" is better than your definition of "story", over what
should be in "The Story" and what should not be in it.

-- Ken from Chicago