In this week’s episode of Off Panel, author Abraham Riesman joins to chat about his new book, True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee. Riesman discusses the pre-release response to the book, Stan Lee and Marvel’s inseparability, what appealed to him about the project, Lee’s relationship with his own life, the research process, the most interesting character from the process, the ambiguity of Marvel’s origins, Stan the Brand, biggest surprises, Riesman’s changing relationship with superheroes, becoming a biographer, and more.
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Header art is from the cover of True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee. Off Panel’s theme music is an original track by custom music agency Upright T-Rex Music, written and performed specifically for the podcast. A huge thanks to Ross and Cody from Upright T-Rex Music for putting the track together!