In the early 1960s, a struggling company called Marvel Comics presented a cast of brightly costumed characters distinguished by smart banter and compellingly human flaws: Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, the X-Men. Over the course of half a century, Marvel's epic universe would become the most elaborate fictional narrative in history and serve as a modern American mythology for millions of readers.
For the first time, Marvel Comics reveals the outsized personalities behind the scenes, including Martin Goodman, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and generations of editors, artists, and writers who struggled with commercial mandates, a fickle audience, and—over matters of credit and control—one another. Marvel Comics is a story of fertile imaginations, lifelong friendships, action-packed fistfights, and third-act betrayals—a narrative of one of the most extraordinary, beloved, and beleaguered pop-cultural entities in America's history.
I grew up reading Marvel Comics, and I remember most of the time periods covered by this book. The book starts in the 1960s, roughly, but I start as a reader in the early 70s. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Matthew Posner
very good book chronicling the beginning and rise to popularity of Marvel Comics. a little disappointing that It's not illustrated.Published 11 days ago by Richard C. Kauffman
"Marvel Comics: The Untold Story"
Written by Sean Howe
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Reading this book is a bit like reading the Bible (and will certainly be greeted by many... Read more
One of the blurbs on the back of this book compared it to the ancient historian Procopius, who wrote a blistering "secret history" of the Byzantine court. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Samerdyke
Bought for son-in-law for Christmas - he seemed really happy to receive it.Published 1 month ago by Susan Winsor
Maybe if I were into Marvel this book would interest me more, but I am struggling to get through it. Very detailed about the inner workings of marvel.Published 1 month ago by Angela Boyle
Covers most the periods of Marvel history I was interested in the least. As someone who became a fanboy during the Marvel 2000's renaissance, that was the era that interested me... Read morePublished 1 month ago by BubbaHoTep
As a lifelong comics reader with an interest in the history of the industry and the creators involved, I am certainly part of this book's target audience. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James Gates