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Stan Lee's How to Draw Comics: From the Legendary Creator of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Iron Man Paperback – November 16, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; Original edition (November 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823000834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823000838
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

STAN LEE is an icon in the comic book world. He is the creator of the Mighty Marvel Universe and such classic and immortal characters as Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, Daredevil, and X-Men. He, in effect, invented the modern superhero and revived a dying industry. He has conceived more billion-dollar franchises than any other comics creator, and more than 2 billion comics based on his creations have sold in over 75 countries and in 25 languages. Stan Lee is the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics and was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2008.

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Stan Lee is a man who needs no introduction. Nevertheless: Having begun his career with wartime Timely Comics and staying the course throughout the Atlas era, Stan the Man made comic-book history with Fantastic Four #1, harbinger of a bold new perspective in story writing that endures to this day. With some of the industry's greatest artists, he introduced hero after hero in Incredible Hulk, Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men and more -- forming a shared universe for rival publishers to measure themselves against. After an almost literal lifetime of writing and editing, Lee entered new entertainment fields and earned Marvel one opportunity after another. He remains one of Marvel's best-known public representatives.

Customer Reviews

There is an older version as well, but they did great on the update!
Dani-L
Get this if you want to learn more about comics in general, but get a technical book If you need more "How to draw" tips and fundamentals.
B.Davis
Something else that irritated me while I read this book is that it doesn't seem like it was written by Stan Lee.
Desert Toyman

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Neko-san TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
One of my first books about drawing is How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way (from now and on referred as the "first book"). As I recall, the first book was about the only resource that I could get my hands on that taught you how to make a comic. And coming from the man, Stan Lee, what else did you need?

After more than 30 years Stan Lee does it again. If you got the first book, you must get this one as well. And if you didn't get it, but you would love to make a comic (at least as a hobby) get both.

Now, into this most excellent book.

Stan Lee's How to Draw Comics is the latest book from the man himself. This is not a rehash of How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way, although you may find a couple of drawings borrowed from the first book. Instead, this is a how-to-draw book that stands by itself and is bound to become a classic, just like the first book did.

This is how this book is organized

Preface
Introduction
A Brief History of Comic Books...
Tools of the Trade
The Basics
The Human Head
Amazing Anatomy, Action & Acting
Characters and Costumes
Bring on the Backgrounds
The Life Behind the Layouts
Peerless Penciling
Imaginative Inking
Lively Lettering
Crafting the Color
Commanding Covers
Getting Work
Suggested Reading, Website, Schools & Supplies
Index

At this point, it is very difficult for me to resist a direct comparison between the first book and this one. This book is heftier than the first one and contain a lot more details.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Weekend Worker on December 23, 2010
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I bought this for my nine year old grandson, who is really into drawing. He loved the book, but it is for older students who are better readers with some previous art instruction. I think that he will grow into the book, but is definitely challenged by the book at his age.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Desert Toyman on November 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
First off, let me say that this book has a lot of good information. It explains the basics of page layout, perspective, inking, how to get your portfolio noticed, and a number of other things.

But I think the title of the book is misleading. There really isn't much "how to draw" information in this book.

It's really more of a reference book.

This book is for someone who already knows how to draw, but they don't know how to put those drawings into comic book form. It really has nothing to do with teaching you how to draw. Well, except for on short tutorial at the beginning of the book.

This book is full of good information if you are serious about getting into the comic book drawing field. It also had some good tips that I was not aware of, such as the use of photo references and tricks like Google sketchup for backgrounds.

Something else that irritated me while I read this book is that it doesn't seem like it was written by Stan Lee. I have been reading Stan's writing for years and it just didn't sound like him. I have no proof other than that, and the fact that some of the other Amazon reviewers seem to feel the same way.

In the end, the book is useful. But I wouldn't expect someone who is just starting out and learning how to draw to find what they are looking for here.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 27, 2010
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Stan Lee's How to Draw Comics is a starter guide to drawing comics aimed at beginners.

It introduces the world of comics and what you need to create them. It covers the basic topics like drawing, storytelling, finding work, etc. There are lots of useful comic creation tips discussed, complimented by examples from popular artists like Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, Frank Cho and the likes.

This isn't a technical book so there aren't any how-to or step-by-step tutorials. When you finish the book, you'll know what it takes to create comics but you'll have to get other comic drawing books to learn the technical skills. Most of the chapters introduced in this book are actually subjects that already have whole books devoted to them.

This book is recommended to beginners who have absolutely no prior knowledge on creating comics. That said, if you're past that stage, you should skip this and get books devoted to specific subjects.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tim Lasiuta on November 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
My, how things have changed. It is 30 years since Stan and Jazzy Johnny teamed to produce the landmark volume, How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way, and 60 since Stans' first foray into How To...

This time, Stan is guide, and master of the well honed process (except art, which he leaves to seasoned professionals, and the tour is worth the time spent reading every page. The tour includes:

Materials
The Basics
Anatomy
Characters and costumes
Bring on the backgrounds
Life Behind the layouts
Penciling
Inking
Lettering
Color
Covers
Getting Work

While many of these topics are covered more indepth in other books, Lee gives us a look from start to finish. In the 1950's, artists went around, showed their portfolios and walked out with work, today, it is not quite so easy. Yet, certain aspects of the craft is easier. The basic skills behind crafting comic pages have not changed, merely the manner in which they are manipulated and corrected. Digital may be cool, but nothing beats a Kirby page with corrections by Romita, Anderson or even sinnott so obvious.

Of particular value are the step by step processes for photoshop and google sketchup, which I had not heard of before. Using seasoned pros and well respected artists from todays top titles adds relevance to this well done book. Copious art illustrates Stans' points and just makes this part eye candy, and tutorial all in one.

It is very clear that Dynamite has hit a home run with this production. Thanks guys, once this was a mystery, now it seems like work!

Tim Lasiuta
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