The defining, behind-the-scenes chronicle of one of the most extraordinary, beloved, and dominant pop cultural entities in America’s history -- Marvel Comics – and the outsized personalities who made Marvel including Martin Goodman, Stan Lee, and Jack Kirby.
“Sean Howe’s history of Marvel makes a compulsively readable, riotous and heartbreaking version of my favorite story, that of how a bunch of weirdoes changed the world…That it’s all true is just frosting on the cake.” —Jonathan Lethem
For the first time, Marvel Comics tells the stories of the men who made Marvel: Martin Goodman, the self-made publisher who forayed into comics after a get-rich-quick tip in 1939, Stan Lee, the energetic editor who would shepherd the company through thick and thin for decades and Jack Kirby, the WWII veteran who would co-create Captain America in 1940 and, twenty years later, developed with Lee the bulk of the company’s marquee characters in a three-year frenzy. Incorporating more than one hundred original interviews with those who worked behind the scenes at Marvel over a seventy-year-span, Marvel Comics packs anecdotes and analysis into a gripping narrative of how a small group of people on the cusp of failure created one of the most enduring pop cultural forces in contemporary America.
One of my favorites to listen on long drives.
Must read for comic book fans
From the 40’s to 2010...all the back story on Marvel. It’s fantastic!
Should have been more for $30
This is a good book. It is packed with history and lots of human drama, but it seems that huge chunks were left out. What about the Howard the Duck movie? It got two sub-clauses in longer sentences. It seems like that should have been covered. How did the Disney purchase happen? We are told it did happen and the bad guy of the book got rich, but not how it happened? There is so much more. What was covered is done very well and I like it, but what was left out should also have been covered. So very good, but sadly incomplete.