Marvel Comics – True Believer The Rise & Fall of Stan Lee Abraham Riesman

Whether you enjoy comic books or not, there is no denying their impact on the world and our culture.  I have been a fan of comic books for most of my life.  Now, as an adult, I realize my fondness for comics may be a result of having Aphantasia. Aphantasia is a relatively new term, meaning that I can not visualize images within my mind.  I can see the story in a comic as it takes place within the pages, and I don’t have to work to imagine or visualize.  It is all right there for me in some of the most stunning artwork that has ever been produced. 

I have been well aware of the dubious Marvel Method and Stan Lee’s practices for most of my adult life.  Yes, I just called Stan Lee shady. Don’t get me wrong – I love the man.  He is a legend, and he will always be a legend.  Whether you agree with his practices or not – for the record, I do not; the man helped to form the comic book industry & pushed nerd culture to places it had never been and may never have reached.

Abraham Riesman’s True Believer is a must-read and not just for comic book fans.  Although Stan Lee is prominent on both the cover and the title, it is a history lesson throughout its pages.  This is so much more than just some book about Stan Lee. 

It’s been my understanding that some fans have not been happy with this book.  I ask them why? If you indeed were a fan, wouldn’t you have known the things that were going on – not just in Stan’s world, but in the world of comics? I made it my mission to learn as much as I could about the medium I love well over a decade ago.  The biggest shock in the book to me is how much Lee hated the industry he helped shape. 

You can read my review of True Believer HERE