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  • Series: Jack Kirby Collector / Presents
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing (January 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605490385
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605490380
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #591,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I strongly recommend that you consider purchasing this one volume to keep on your shelf.
Aleena Taylor
I read this in tandem with Sean Howe's "Marvel Comics - The Untold Story" which is also a Must-Read if you're a fan of this time in comics history, as I am.
Mark Strelecki
I learned a lot about Jack Kirby, truly an overlooked genius, and gained a new appreciation for his work.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Reader from the North on January 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
As mentioned by another, this book does repeat information found elsewhere (that is what historians do), and Alexander gives his sources at the end. However, I enjoyed the overall balanced view of the Lee/Kirby working relationship. I especially appreciated the "At a Glance" sections where there is a short critique (rather than a summary) of each Lee/Kirby FF issue. If you've read all the other books on Lee and Kirby, then this book may be seen as redundant; however, I've read quite of bit of them and still found things to enjoy in this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Papajay on February 23, 2012
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Considering this is an issue (although a large one) of the "Jack Kirby Collector", I thought for sure it was going to slant heavily in the Kings favor, but I was pleasantly suprised, this is a balanced account of the lightning-in-a-bottle team-up between two greats whose memories sometimes fail them. Facts upon facts are built up by people who were there, proving without one or the other the FF would have never existed. If you like comics, this is a must read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aleena Taylor on January 17, 2012
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Stan Lee & Jack Kirby: The Wonder years was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fantastic Four #1. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby are renowned for their creativity which kicked off a decade of comics that we are still feeling the effects of today.

This book is a remarkable book that looks not at the storyline and plot of the first 102 issues, but at the collaboration between Stan and Jack, as they create the FF mythos...the highs, the lows, the dropped plot threads, The good inkers, the bad inkers, and the six annuals as well.

It is an insightful look at the climate, the developments, the rumors, myths and legends behind those first ten years that comprise the birth of the Marvel Age of Comics. Plus, there's a running commentary, "At A Glance", of each of the issues in the order they came out.

"Calling on his years of research, plus new interviews conducted just for this book [with Stan Lee, Flo Steinberg, Mark Evanier, Joe Sinnott, and others], regular Jack Kirby Collector magazine contributor Mark Alexander traces both Lee and Kirby's history at Marvel comics, and the amazing series of events and choices that led them to converge in 1961 to conceive the Fantastic Four." Learn about the first decade of the FF, details concerning Lee and Kirby's working relationship as well as their fateful parting of ways in 1970. The book also includes of some of the classic Kirby artwork.

I strongly recommend that you consider purchasing this one volume to keep on your shelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell J. Mehdy on May 25, 2012
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as a collector for over 50 years, this is one of the best project I have ever read, this really puts you in the time even if you were not there, thanks for the great price and it is very well done inside.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Strelecki on March 31, 2013
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In 1961, Marvel could see the success that DC was having with its Silver Age remake of The Flash, and the popularity of the Challengers of the Unknown and Justice League of America. That's when Stan Lee and Jack Kirby came up with The Fantastic Four and subsequent string of superhero hits, like The Hulk, Spider-Man, and superteam The Avengers. This book is LOADED with Jack Kirby's fabulous artwork, much of it in pure pencil form, but also graced by some of comicdom's finest inkers, including Joe Sinnott, most noted for his work on The Fantastic Four. I read this in tandem with Sean Howe's "Marvel Comics - The Untold Story" which is also a Must-Read if you're a fan of this time in comics history, as I am. I had lots of gaps in my recollection filled in, saw the greatness and power of the imagery, and finally saw the differences in the scripting that made for so much drama and excitement. I highly recommend this book (and Howe's) as excellent examples covering the backstory that formed the Marvel we know today!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen A. Melisi on February 4, 2012
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A top notch read all around -- but be warned, this is Fantastic Four specific when it comes to the Stan Lee-Jack Kirby collaboration at Marvel. Although there is a lot of coverage of the history of comics and Marvel specifically, don't expect to find an in-depth analysis of Thor or Avengers or Hulk or the other creations which came out of that (dare I say it) dynamic duo of Lee and Kirby. That said, for a deep look at the Fantastic Four, this is an excellent job.

Especially exciting is that the author actually acknowledges the Stan Lee part of this partnership--very rare in a Jack Kirby Collector edition. They couldn't help themselves and stick in a rebuttal to a particular claim, but the majority of the book dispels any myths about Stan as the do-nothing which the Kirby fanatics would have you believe. This was a partnership through and through, and neither could have achieved their successes in this time without the other.

A nitpicker point -- too often examples of their work (particularly Jack's) is referenced but the images on the pages are not of that. Any chance to see original pencil art is to be appreciated of course, but I wish more of the art contained within would have had a direct connection to the text.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By neille on January 29, 2012
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From a pure nostalgia standpoint, I'm having a blast perusing this volume, including throwing my hands up in disbelief at some of the aesthetic opinions. But half the fun is comparing notes with another fan. However, my enjoyment has been limited severely by two factors. One: the level of literary style is rather anemic, and badly needs an editor to squash the frequent misuse of semi-colons. Two: I want to be especially generous to the author, as he died without seeing the completion of this book--but there's rampant plagiarism throughout, drawing constantly on a Beatles' book by Roy Carr and "Rock from the Beginning" by Nik Cohn. Coming across phrases lifted wholesale from those books and possibly some of Gerard Jones' work rather compromises things for me.
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