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on May 22, 2012
I believe that this film did an excellent job of answering a question that a number of people have been asking for years: Who is Stan Lee? While he has been accused by numerous detractors of being in the spotlight more often than he should have been and they've expressed alot of anger about the lack of credit artists like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko received over the years as a result, in this film and in any forum where he had a chance to express his views, Stan "The Man" Lee never stopped giving credit to the talented people who drew, inked, lettered and performed numerous tasks that made Marvel the most popular comic book company in the country if not the world!

While I would have liked to have seen more video clips of his past interviews (he once appeared on The Mike Douglas Show wearing a Captain America costume without the skull cap because the wings fell off before he appeared on-camera and he didn't want to misrepresent the character), I enjoyed this look into The Man Behind The Myth and I look forward to the release of the DVD so that I can see if there are any special features that couldn't fit into the film proper.

Excelsior!
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on December 18, 2014
Very disappointing. Despite winning 7 different awards, this video is nauseating. Though the 3(!) directors of this video obviously put a lot of love and work into this production, we ended up with lot of useless shallow crap here. We see endless, useless testimonials from various "celebrities" (Kevin Smith? Lou Ferrigno? no thanks!!) talking about how wonderful Stan Lee and Marvel Comics is. Then we see a lot of time spent at Stan's Los Angeles home with his wife and maid.....which is not what a true Marvel fan wants to see. Then we have a scene devoted to the emotional distraught caused by a newspaper article in 1967.... Who cares???

Technically, the directors put a lot of work into this. There's a lot of motion graphics used to explain the history of Stan Lee, but some of the graphics and videos are obviously just low quality jpgs and mpegs and look terrible. Also much of the graphics and video are distorted and shown at the incorrect aspect ratio, which makes this production look very TACKY. The directors had access to a lot of great old interview footage, but it's hardly ever used, and it's not used in the Bonus Features. The Bonus Features are JUNK and totally disappointing! I had hoped we'd get to see more of Roy Thomas, Gene Colan, and John Romita talking about their memories of Marvel, but instead we get more crap. We get a useless bonus feature about "The Sound of Cinema" ?? (Why is this here ???) The makers of this video had posted some great interviews with Gene Colan and others on Youtube, but those videos are missing from the final DVD....I hope that the directors go back and re-do this DVD and make it BETTER! Maybe they could release a revised edition someday that has the full interviews with Thomas, Colan, Romita and Flo Steinberg, plus the archival footage of Stan Lee being interviewed in 1977, 1979, and his complete home movies from the 1950s..... etc.... That would have made this DVD worth owning. (One of the few decent bonus features was the "Lifelong Partnership" which showed Stan working with his brother Larry on the Spiderman daily strip. )

What made Stan Lee famous were his MARVEL YEARS WITH JACK KIRBY, and true Marvel fans would like to see more time devoted to those years, with more interviews with Stan's contemporaries (John Romita, Larry Lieber, Gene Colan, etc.) We don't need to see an entire "History of Comics" documentary here, and we certainly don't need to see a lot of time devoted to the bogus "Stan Lee Media" fiasco. That is not what made Stan Lee great!!!

I hope the directors of this video are reading this review. They need to try to be more like Ken Burns (think QUALITY and MATURITY) and less like a cheesy MTV video. Give us the archival footage of Stan the Man!!
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on July 25, 2015
A Marvel of a Doc! The best documentary ever made about this comic book legend. It serves as a biography of Stan Lee and a history of Marvel Comics simultaneously. Featuring interviews with 'The Man' himself, his wife, colleges and collaborators, including some of the biggest names in the comic book business. Interweaving archival footage with new interviews, this documentary covers it all. From Stan's humble beginnings to the "King of the Cameos" that he has become today. Heart felt and engaging from start to finish. Tremendously entertaining and insightful. A delight to watch. If you love Stan 'The Man' Lee and Marvel Comics or simply want to learn more about why Stan Lee is the most recognizable name in the history of comics, then this is the documentary for you. Excelsior!!!!
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on April 9, 2017
Not the best documentary in the world, but it was a good watch.
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on April 18, 2015
I enjoyed this Biography of one of the Greatest Story Teller in Comic History. With Great Power comes great story telling one that keep my nights interest when I always didn't get to watch the T.V. EXCELSIOR! True Believer
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on August 10, 2012
Throughly enjoyed this film about the creation of the Marvel Comic super heroes. Any fan of DC comics will also enjoy this film. It's the story of a poor kid from the Bronx, who was born and raised during the Great Depression, and grows up to be a a multi millionaire many times over going to work at a job he ablsolutely loves. It's also a bit of a love story between Stan Lee and his wife of 65 years.
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on February 11, 2017
Perfect for any Stan Lee fan!!! My husband loves this one!!
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on January 2, 2016
A very insightful and touching documentary about Stan the Man Lee. Every comic book man should buy this film in my opinion.
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on February 3, 2016
It was requested by my 12 yr old grandson and he watched it immediately. He enjoyed it.
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on March 15, 2014
There's almost nothing in this shallow documentary that comic fans don't already know, and a lot left out:

The fallout with the great Jack Kirby is barely mentioned.
Lee's low point, the 70s, when he was reduced to selling autographs and paid public appearances.
His endless self promotion and (some claim) taking credit falsely at times alienating many people.

Aside from brief scenes with his wife, there's nothing at all new here.

The film is only slightly over an hour, plus credits. 20 more minutes and they could have covered all this. And it wastes time with Hollywood actors from the films talking, who have nothing to add.
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