Originally posted by Speed Racer:
Besides, is a place like McDonald's really treating anyone with courtesy, given the quality of food they offer?

I've often said that about Marvel...

Matt: Sorry, my initial post was just meant to take down the idea of getting too nostlagiac about the old Marvel regime. From what I understand Stan (Who I'll admit comes off quite cuddly on TV.) could be quite vicious when he was so inclined.

It does sound like Jemas could stand to tone it down (I really haven't followed him that closely.) though I agree with Lew that this is likely an attempt to project a cool alpha male image with the young males. I don't agree that it's a case of kids getting dumber (Stats on the current generation say otherwise.) but rather that in the quest for the easy buck, most mainstream comics dumbed down so far that the smart kids avoid them now.

(Response delayed due to the genial yet totally ineffectual service from my internet provider. Dicks.)