My apologies to the Kirby Purists for adding graffiti to Jack’s beautiful artwork. I thought it would be fun to do an experiment and add text to the balloons to see how the size of the balloons dictated the amount of text you can add. It took me about 10 seconds to do this. I suspect Lee was probably a lot faster at it based on his years of practice.
It took Jack about 2 or 3 hours to illustrate a page, so Jack spent about 2 weeks illustrating a book. Mark Evanier told me years ago that it took Jack “the better part of a day” to add captions to his 1970s stories, so I’ll guess it took Stan Lee about 4 or 5 (or less) hours to add dialogue to one of Jack’s 60s stories.
Jack spent about 60 – 70 hours writing a 20-page story with visuals and margin notes; Stan Lee spent maybe 4 – 5 hours adding captions to Jack’s entire story. Then Stan Lee gave himself an “Editor” credit and an Editor paycheck, in addition to using his power as the Editor to give himself a sole “Writer” credit and 100% of the Writer paycheck. Pretty good deal for Stan.
The image of Stan lighting the cigar with burning money is from a 1975 advertisement for Crazy magazine.