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Season 5, Episode 6

Stan Saves!

Stan Lee spends the day at the Stash.

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At the Podcast, the guys catch Kevin up on what happened at the Stash the past week. Walt alludes to a "dear friend" who visited the shop and was able to spend the whole day there...

At the shop, a man comes in searching for Fantastic Four #40. Just then, Stan Lee, behind the counter, orders Ming to retrieve the comic. Lee says he wants the Stash to get a fair price for the stories he wrote: "It could be all wrinkled and torn, but it's my story!" The customer tries to talk the guys down from $39.95 to $30, but Lee offers to throw in something extra: his take on why Dr. Doom shouldn't be classified as a criminal simply for wanting to take over the world. Satisfied with the insider knowledge straight from the legendary comic creator himself, the customer agrees to pay the full price.

Mike asks Stan which literary or movie character he would write into a comic if he could. Lee immediately chooses Sherlock Holmes and The Scarlet Pimpernel, whom Lee says was one of the first great superheroes. Walt asks Stan for the backstory behind the Playgirl pose he did in the '70s. Lee reminisces about his Burt Reynolds inspired photoshoot, where he posed in nothing but shorts and a comic book.

Andrew, a longtime reservist and customer of the Stash, enters the shop with bad news: he won't be collecting comics anymore. Lee doesn't lose hope and thinks there's still a way to bring him back. The guys agree to call Andrew back in to try to bring him back into the fold. "It's almost like an exorcism," Lee jokes.

Lee joins Kevin and the guys at the podcast and tells them about the time he almost quit making comics, but decided to stick with it and write Fantastic Four. "Excelsior!" Kevin cheers.

A customer enters looking to sell a reprint of Avengers #4 and an accompanying Golden Record LP, a rare item. The customer asks for $450, but Walt is able to talk him down to $350. "I'm never going to try to sell you anything," Lee teases.

Andrew returns to the shop. Lee tells him about the first comic he ever wrote, a story for Captain America, and argues his case for why Andrew should continue collecting. "There are certain things it's hard to lose your passion for," Lee explains. "There's women, and there's movies and there's comic books." Andrew, inspired, declares he's back in and will return next week.