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Pod & Spidey

I’m tempted to moount a full-bore defense of comic books after reading John Podhoretz’s review of Spiderman 2, but I’ll leave that to Jonah. Let me simply say that one need not view comics as a high-art form to find them enjoyable and worthwhile. One need not think Kurt Cobain rivals Ludwig von Beethoven to enjoy listening to Nirvana. By the same token, one need not mistake Steve Kirby for Renoir or Stan Lee for Shakespeare to appreciate and enjoy their creations. Spiderman 2 may well be the best comic book movie ever made, and for some of us that really is saying something.

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.


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