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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 was most interested in the early Timely history when people like Ditko, Wood, and Kirby got started. That part of the book was over much too soon for me. Read morePublished 22 days ago by M. Lang
I can't recommend this book highly enough! Some nostalgia mixed in with corporate intrigue and the history of this company. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joseph F. Nelson
Fascinating stuff but also a bit depressing. Sad to hear about creators getting screwed over, having rivalries with each other and clueless corporate guys buying Marvel and not... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael A. Nelson
It look longer to decide how many starts I wanted to give than it did to write the actual review.
Is Howe's book well-written?
Sure. Read more
Amazing behind the scenes of the house of ideas! Marvel fans in particular will not be able to put this book down..enjoy!Published 2 months ago by Chris Vandenberg
Sean Howe's book is probably the most concise story of Marvel comics told in a very entertaining way. A must read for comic book fans.Published 2 months ago by Patrick Moreau
Loved this book! It was very entertaining to get a glimpse of what went on behind the scene. It also made me glad I wasn't good enough to break into comics. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jefffsr
Fun but lacking any true journalistic merit. I enjoyed the read as a fluff piece but felt it was uneven and biased.Published 2 months ago by Jim Martin