I've been checking out various comic books at the library. Most recently, I've checked out the Essential Fantastic Four and the Essential AMAZING Spider-Man. The Essential series of books is a reprinting of some of the very first issues ever made. I've also checked out Spider-Man - Revelations, which was written in 2001. There is a noticable difference in the writing style.
The book written in 2001 is written in recognizable English. That is, the dialogue and thought processes kind of fit the natural thought and speech patterns of normal human beings.
The books written in the 60's, on the other hand...
I'm going to pick a couple of random pages from the Essential Spider-man. I would do Fantastic Four, because, if anything, the Fantastic Four book is even more ridiculous (actual quote, from memory: "Father wants to destroy the Fantastic Four! Oh no!! That can't be!! Not them!!! He mustn't!! They're too good!! -- Why do I call him that?? It's not like he was ever a father to me! He never cared for me, or for Mother!" - I'm strongly reminded of Fanon!Draco...), but I returned it to the library today. So, Spider-man it is.
Punctuation and italics are exactly as written. Different frames are separated by "---" Spider-Man is, of course, the property of Marvel, as is the book I am quoting.Begin random page
(and yes, this is truly random. All
the pages are like this).
Spiderman (to Dr. Doom): Mister, from what I've read about you
, you haven't got
any friends... impetuous or otherwise!
Dr. Doom: Friendship is for weaklings!
What I offer you is power!
Together, we could rule the world!
--- [Was that a cliche speech in the 60's, too?]
Dr. Doom: You're
an outcast, the same as I!
You dare not reveal your true identity! And yet, right under your nose, the Fantastic Four
basks in the limelight, while you are shunned and hunted! *thinks* I'll appeal to his sense of envy... of pride! Then, once he has served his purpose, I'll destroy him without a second thought!
--- [Starting to notice an excess of exclamation points?! It gets better!]
Spiderman: Me team up with you,
huh? Man, wouldn't that
be a gasser? Jonah Jameson would really
have something to howl about then!
Dr. Doom: Ah, so you will do
it! Speak!! Give me your word!
--- [Did people actually talk like this in the 60's?]
Spiderman: Not so fast, tin-head! Sure, it's an amusin' thought to kick around, but just between us, I need you
like I need another nose! The answer is no
Dr. Doom: I warn
you... if you are not with
me, then we are deadly foes!
--- [If you are not with me, then... we are deadly foes? I'll excuse Dr. Doom on the grounds that English is not his native language. Spidey, OTOH, has no such excuse. The answer is no
Spiderman: Doc, you're scarin' me plumb out of my wits! Here, chew on this hunk of web
for a while!
--- [Yes, that's what he said. And what's with the 'g' getting cut off words? "Amusin'" "Scarin'" Daredevil does this too, later in the book. I wasn't aware that New Yorkers talked like that. Especially not those with advanced law degrees from Harvard or Yale.]
Spiderman: That'll keep you under wraps while I figure out what to do
with you! Say, how come you're so quiet... so still? Cat got your tongue?
Dr. Doom's voice (coming from the doorway, not from Dr. Doom): You brazen fool! Haven't you guessed
Spiderman: It wasn't you
at all! Just a robot... a dummy made up to resemble the real Doctor Doom!
[Thank you for clearing that up, Spidey! I'm sure Dr. Doom would have had no idea what he had done, without you to explain it to him.]
Dr. Doom: Naturally! You are not fighting one of your usual insipid antagonists now, Spider-Man! DOCTOR DOOM
cannot be trapped so easily!End Random Page
And now for a different one:Begin Random Page:
Daredevil: I RELEASE YOU FROM YOUR TRANCE! I RELEASE YOU FROM YOUR TRANCE! I RELEASE YOU FROM YOUR TRANCE!
--- [This is actually kind of painful for us DD fans.]
Daredevil: *thinks* I hear his pulse rate changing! His heartbeat has become normal! He's snapping out of it!!
Spiderman: My head... fog... mists swirling about... beginning to clear... I can think
--- [Yes, Spidey actually said that aloud. About the "mists swirling about." Because somebody dizzily coming out of a hypnotic trance in which he is unable to think for himself, is always able to wax poetically about what he is experiencing. And why
exactly is Daredevil constantly thinking about his supersensitivity? You'd think he'd think about something else after, oh, the first decade...]
Narrator: Once free of the hypnotic spell, the brilliant brain of the masked teen-ager grasps the whole situation in one split second!
Spiderman: Much obliged, Daredevil! No telling what harm
I might have caused if you hadn't broken the Ringmaster's hold over me!
Daredevil: Chalk it up to self-preservation on my
part, Fella! I'd rather have a gent like you with
me than agin'
--- [As dialogue goes, this wasn't so bad. Except for the "Fella" and the "gent" and the "agin'." *sigh* I want the DD I fell for back.]
Spiderman: Thanks for the compliment, but I owe you a favor, and a Spider-Man never forgets!
Daredevil: Better save the hearts and flowers for later, Spidey! I hear a mighty angry Ringmaster getting ready to attack us again! *thinks* Whoops!
I almost let the cat out of the bag about my Super-Hearing!
--- ["A Spider-Man." Interesting phrasing, Spidey. And... *sigh* DD... Do you really think of yourself as having "Super-Hearing?" Yes, I know that compared to everybody else, it is extraordinary, but... isn't it kind of ordinary to you
Ringmaster (to his henchmen): Don't just stand
there, you useless fools! We outnumber those two masked meddlers! We're
highly-trained, also! Let's get
them... unless you want to do the rest
of your act in jail!!
: The Ringmaster's right!
It's only two of them against all
of us! Let's GO!!
: The rest
of the audience is still hypnotized! If we can polish off Spider-Man and Daredevil in time, we'll still
get away with our plan!End Random Page
My super Katerine abilities to keep cool are failing
me!!! Must... control... urge... to... laugh!!!!