Just bought issue #1 of Chaykin's new series which is his fictionalized take on the behind-the-scenes goings on in the world of comic books going back to 1945. I think fans of Sean Howe's Marvel The Untold Story may enjoy it. (Be warned however, some of the portraits are less than flattering.) Unfortunately one of the problems I have with it is that Chaykin (as always IMO) isn't so great at drawing faces that are easy to distinguish from one another (like Charles Schulz, he usually changes their hair style) and with this book he is asking us to follow the same characters over decades as they age. So I found it kind of difficult to keep track of who was who. Fortunately some of the people the characters are meant to represent are easy to figure out (like Bob Rose is meant to be Stan Lee; Ira and Irwin are Siegel and Shuster; Kessler is Kirby; Sid is Ditko - I think).
If anyone else reads this book, I'd be curious if they could help identify any of the other characters like Mr. Hershenson and Jess Mayberg. I was also wondering if the woman was supposed to be Flo Steinberg? Are the 2 main characters Ted Whitman and Ray Clarke based on anyone or are they just meant to be our guides through this dog-eat-dog world?