With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (2010)

 |  Documentary, Biography  |  2011 (USA)
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The life and career of the comic book writer and editor.


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A feature length documentary on the life and creations of Stan Lee. Stan Lee is the co-creator of Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man and over 200 other characters that can be found in comic books, movie screens, and in retail stores around the world. Written by Anonymous

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The incredible story behind the REAL superhero


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Stan Lee: I don't know what the universal conception of creator is. Steve definitely felt that he was the co-creator of Spider-man. That was really, and once he said it I realized that it meant a lot to him, that was fine with me. So I said, "Fine, I'll tell everybody that you're the co-creator." But that didn't quite satisfy him. So I sent him a letter, I put it in writing, To whom it may concern: This is to state that I consider Steve Ditko to be the co-creator of Spider-man, or something like that. ...
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Very watchable though a bit incomplete.
8 August 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"With great power comes great responsibility." This quote from Spider-Man is where they derived the title of the show--quite fitting as the character was a co-creation of Stan Lee.

This film is a biography of Stan Lee--a creative genius and god to the comic book world. Using interviews and MAJORLY COOL graphics (that looked like comic books coming to life), you learn about the cult of Stan Lee--why people adore him as well as having this great raconteur just talk--which is MORE than enough reason to watch. This is a very enjoyable documentary and I am glad I watched it with my comic book geek daughter. However, I learned that although we both thought it was a great picture, the film omitted some VERY important stuff. Apparently, there has been a lawsuit initiated by Jack Kirby's estate against Lee and Disney demanding compensation since Kirby co-created many of the characters discussed in the documentary. While Lee does talk about Kirby's work to a degree, the film made it looked like they were best friends and you'd have no idea such a lawsuit occurred. A MAJOR omission to say the least! Still, despite this hole, the film is worth seeing.

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