A lot of what you see of the artist's work on the page was "ordered" by the writer. Sure, an artist might have some input, but it is mostly the writer's ball. So if Lee drew a lot of splash pages, it's because it was what Johns wrote and what he wanted to see.
Of course, I don't dispute that. in fact, in my op on this topic I called out Marvel's Bendis as being a big offender of this kind of de-compressed story-telling.
Right. So, I don't understand your earlier complaint. The comic writer has
to place an emphasis on visuals, because comics are a visual medium. Without the pictures, comic
books aren't much.
is kinda right in that the reworking sacrifices the art. However, I'll go and add that it also sacrifices the writer's intention of how he wanted the book to be read.