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Booksplode #44 – True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee

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Thanks to our awesome Patrons, we’re proud to present another Booksplode!

This month, Josh Flanagan and Conor Kilpatrick take a look at…

True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee by Abraham Riesman!

What’s a Booksplode? It’s a bi-monthly special edition show in which we take a look at a single graphic novel or collected edition, something we really just don’t have time to do on the regular show. In this case it’s our first prose book!

Running Time: 00:46:00

“I Believe”
Chris Isaak


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  1. I thought the review was balanced (more than was the book where the negative tone was offputting). As someone who spends most of his time collaborating (in science) my view is that it is nearly impossible to allocate credit. As Josh and Conor note, the best work was when JK and SL worked together, and SDs’ best work was with SL. So maybe it isn’t either..or but both…and. Happens in music too, sometimes the solo albums are brilliant, sometimes not. But for sure JK got ripped off by Marvel.

  2. Yeah the review felt measured. I think it’s fair to reevaluate Stan’s legacy considering what we know now but as you rightly point out Stan objectively added something to the equation. We can see when these people created together rather than apart. Like adding salt to a dish Stan’s voice did seem to elevate the creatives in his orbit. At the same time Stan when on his own definitely suffered from not having the genius creatives he surrounded himself with early in his career. Hopefully history with view it as a collaboration rather than the polar opposites of it all being Stan or Stan being just a thief of other people’s ideas. I suspect Stan will have a rough time of it since he was the one who came out ontop financially. That tends to sour people’s perspectives (and not entirely unjustly so).

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