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.
This is an amazing read with wonderful detail that expands on commonly understood points while revealing new complexity in the history of Marvel Comics. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Julian C. Chambliss
Marvel the untold story is worth reading the true story behind the company's history.Nuff SaidPublished 20 days ago by Carl
Not only an excellent history of Marvel Comics, but an amazingly written book overall!Published 1 month ago by The Professor
Well written but sometimes it falls into fanboy territory. I was under the impression the infamous golf game that started the Fantastic Four was proven incorrect, but here it is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Wallace
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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months ago by Michael Samerdyke