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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.
...it's the only way to explain how he was able to know so much incredibly detailed information about the comic industry, and all of its influences and dynamics. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Robert Passaro
Really interesting book. I learned a lot about Marvel and am more interested in reading some of their comics after learning how some of the characters have changed over time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by tinted_blue
A great history of art and commerce. The personal stories are wonderful, bringing both creators and businessmen to life, with a warmth, sympathy, and humor, the lives of imperfect... Read morePublished 1 month ago by rmeyer
We've read and heard the stories of what went behind the scenes at Marvel Comics since its birth but what really happened? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ryan Read
Sean Howe takes you behind the scenes of the Marvel universe covering everything from formation, the Jack Kirby era, revolving door of artists, writers, editors and ownership in a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Monster-Mania
Great insight behind the curtain. It was interesting to find out what was happening at Marvel Studios while I was collecting in the 70s and 80s, and to learn what business... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ronn Brigman
The book does a fine job presenting the business history of Marvel, with details about the various corporate deals, mergers, and reorganizations as well as the clashes between the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer