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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.
Bought for son-in-law for Christmas - he seemed really happy to receive it.Published 11 days 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 18 days ago by Angela Boyle
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 21 days ago by James Gates
It's a depressing work, though I guess it sums up life--you get a few successes and bright moments if you're lucky, but it will be constantly undermined by petty greed and ego... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Spyder
Very concise retelling of the rise, fall, and rise again of the Marvel empire. Good lessons here about how creativity leads to money, and how the sudden influx of money eventually... Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. Cheshire
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 2 months 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 3 months ago by Joseph F. 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