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Rs later developed with Lee the bulk of the companys maruee characters in a three year frenzy Incorporating than one hundred original interviews with those who worked behind the scenes at Marvel over a seventy year spanMarvel Comicspacks anecdotes and analysis into a gripping narrative of how a small group of people on the cusp of failure created one of the mostenduring pop cultural forces in contemporary Americ. Got this off before Xmas and read it in one sitting almostIf you re on Facebook I highly recommend author Sean Howe s dedicated page on this book as it contains an awful lot of visual information sadly not present in this fine volume Jack Kirby s 1958 future cityscape illustration on this FB page is astonishing Moebius whoAnyhoo as an elderly fanboy myself I m well aware of the history of Marvel Comics even in Scotland we ve heard the alleged tale of a certain Marvel artist who beat up a fellow artist mate of his who wouldn t hand over the money he d made for filling in a couple of issues said artist couldn t make the deadline on but it s good to have this oral history of Marvel Comics all confirmed in print or lessFor younger comic book fans this book is a terrific read and I highly recommend it I d certainly never heard of David Bowie s ex wife Angie having such a particular interestinvolvement in the Black Widow character so that piece of trivia alone made it worth purchasingAuthor Howe s analysis of Marvel s editorial philosophy is spot on ditto for same regarding the subtext found in Editor in chief Jim Shooter s own writing on the Avengers for example not to mention the business related ups downs over the decades no wonder Stan Lee mostly sat that stuff outSince this book is only available via Forbidden Planet and or the odd charity shop you ll not find it in any high street bookstoresA worthy purchase indeed Effendi

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 Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

Ts all true is just frosting on the cake Jonathan LethemFor the first timeMarvel Comicstells the stories of the men who made Marvel Martin Goodman the self made publisher who forayed into comics after a get rich uick 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 yea. The one book that has destroyed my childhood reminiscing brilliant read but behind the pages of stories are fantastic tales of wonder my jaw dropped at certain parts certain creators hanging around new York dropping acid and writing of the experiences and laugh out loud at others Stan lees wig so much to read with uotes given sources I m on my 3rd reread and still finding things I ve missed I m gonna download the narration next I ve not looked at a marvel comic the same since reading this but I m rereading some that are mentioned by issue number and seeing them in the context this marvelous book mentioned

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The defining behind the scenes chronicle of one of the most extraordinary beloved and dominant pop cultural entities in Americas history Marvel Comics and the outsized personalities who made Marvel including Martin Goodman Stan Lee and Jack KirbySean Howes history of Marvel makes a compulsively readable riotous and heartbreaking version of my favorite story that of how a bunch of weirdoes changed the worldThat i. Exhaustively researched written in a collouial tone and dedicated to every minute detail about struggles over authorship layoffs personal differences and instances of corporate greed the text simply rambles on chapter after chapter devoid of a personality or soul The history of Marvel from WW2 years to the sixties and then to the present time is told in chronological order but lacking a narrative thread Things happen to the Merry Marvel Men but they have no meaning There is no thesis Stories about the ups and downs of Marvel throughout the years seem like a collection of facts It had a revolving door uality Comic book artists come and go throughout the years perhaps with Stan Lee standing by the door welcoming them and watching them goWhat did I want I wanted to know better the writers and illustrators of Marvel Comics What were the influences of Jack Kirby and other artists What made Stan Lee tick How did their experiences influence the way they wrote and illustrated comics I know that Howe provides examples of some of these aspects but he does so in a disjointed manner One moment he s talking about Lee s attempt at making movies and a friendship with Frenc director Alain Resanis and the next he moves on to the reduction of titles then to Gerry Conway s contributions and then to Martin Goodman sploy to defeat DC by pretending to raise prices His writing style is an all you can read about Marvel option Reading it was uite a drag and tiresome I am terribly disappointed by it

9 thoughts on “ Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

  1. says:

    At first I was a little skeptical about the subtitle of Sean Howe’s 2012 book Marvel Comics: The Untold Story. I grew up reading Marvel Comics and have read other books on the company’s history. After finishing Howe’s version, however, I’m happy to report that his investigative journalism into Marvel’s past is quite imp

  2. says:

    Exhaustively researched, written in a colloquial tone, and dedicated to every minute detail about struggles over authorship, layoffs, personal differences, and instances of corporate greed, the text simply rambles on, chapter after chapter, devoid of a personality or soul. The history of Marvel from WW2 years to the sixties and then to the present time is told in chronological order, but lacking a narrative thr

  3. says:

    I will preface this by saying I started reading comics in the 70's. The good things about this book was reading about the artists, writers and editors that were there at the beginning of Marvel all the way through when this book was written. I

  4. says:

    This is an amazing collection of information. The Business of the comics we all know and love, sometimes juxtaposed with t

  5. says:

    As a Marvel fan from the mid 1960's onwards I thought I knew a fair bit about the writers and artists and the arguments that

  6. says:

    The one book that has destroyed my childhood reminiscing, brilliant read but behind the pages of stories are fantastic tales of wonder, my jaw dropped at certain parts ( certain creators hanging around new York , d

  7. says:

    Genius! If you have any interest at all in the creative or business end of the comic book industry over the past fifty years, then you need to read this book. The general Marvel narrative is well known: desperate publisher allows experimentation, genius artist and wisecracking huckster create a new paradigm, the Sixties pop art revolution, College kids become the new audience, the original band splits up due to creative (and financial) d

  8. says:

    This is a very good account of what was going on behind the scenes at Marvel Comics during the 1980s. I was fascinated by this because I worked

  9. says:

    Got this off before Xmas and read it in one sitting (almost).

    If you're on Facebook, I highly recommend author Sean Howe's dedicated p

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