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> At one time that was me. I never cared who the writer was for years. Mainly because marvel and DC stuck to a "house" style of writing. So I made my buys based on the art and characters.
I must respectfully disagree where Marvel is concerned. Stan Lee stood out among his peers, to the point where much of the friction between he and Kirby and he and Ditko can be traced to it. In the 1970s, Denny O'Neill, Steve Englehart, Gerry Conway, Chris Claremont and Roy Thomas, among others, made their presence felt. In the 1980s and 1990s, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Peter David and Warren Ellis were writers who overshadowed many of their artists.
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> Then around 2000 a bunch of writers started filtering into DC and marvel that I just do not like. They have become the driving force at both companies. With these writers doing the bulk of the plotting and writing I find myself just staying away.
> There has been lapses in my judgment though. The last time was Mighty Avengers. I gave this book a try because of Wonder Man and the artist even though the writer was/is one of my least favorites. Well... Not even Wonder Man and good art could save this book for me.
> So I have learned to stick to my list of writers to avoid.