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HOWE, Sean (2012). Marvel Comics: The Untold Story. New York, Harper
Epub retail edition  OCTOBER 2012 
ISBN: 9780062218117

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An unvarnished, unauthorized, behind-the-scenes account of one of the most dominant pop cultural forces in contemporary America.

Operating out of a tiny office on Madison Avenue 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, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, the Avengers, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men, Daredevilthese superheroes quickly won childrens hearts and sparked the imaginations of pop artists, public intellectuals, and campus radicals. Over the course of a half century, Marvels epic universe would become the most elaborate fictional narrative in history and serve as a modern American mythology for millions of readers.

Throughout this decades-long journey to becoming a multibillion-dollar enterprise, Marvels identity has continually shifted, careening between scrappy underdog and corporate behemoth. As the company has weathered Wall Street machinations, Hollywood failures, and the collapse of the comic book market, its characters have been passed along among generations of editors, artists, and writersalso known as the celebrated Marvel Bullpen. Entrusted to carry on tradition, Marvels contributorsimpoverished child prodigies, hallucinating peaceniks, and mercenary careerists among themstruggled with commercial mandates, a fickle audience, and, over matters of credit and control, one another.

For the first time, Marvel Comics reveals the outsized personalities behind the scenes, including Martin Goodman, the self-made publisher who forayed into comics after a get-rich-quick tip in 1939; Stan Lee, the energetic editor who would shepherd the company through thick and thin for decades; and Jack Kirby, the World War II veteran whod co-created Captain America in 1940 and, twenty years later, developed with Lee the bulk of the companys marquee characters in a three-year frenzy of creativity that would be the grounds for future legal battles and endless debates.

Drawing on more than one hundred original interviews with Marvel insiders then and now, Marvel Comics is a story of fertile imaginations, lifelong friendships, action-packed fistfights, reformed criminals, unlikely alliances, and third-act betrayalsa narrative of one of the most extraordinary, beloved, and beleaguered pop cultural entities in Americas history.


Sean Howes history of Marvel makes a compulsively readable, riotous and heartbreaking version of my favorite story, that of how a bunch of weirdos changed the world. That its all true is just frosting on the cake. (Jonathan Lethem )

A warts-and-all, nail-biting mini-epic about the low-paid, unsung funnybook men who were unwittingly creating twenty-first century pop culture. If you thought the fisticuffs were bare and bloody on the four-color page, wait til you hear about what went down in the Marvel bullpen. (Patton Oswalt )

A jittery, hilarious, anecdotal, and exhaustive history of the company. . . . If youre a comics fan, this is essential reading. If youre not, then its merely fascinating. Howe has written a biographical history of modern Americas id. (GQ )

Sean Howes gripping new history lays out five decades of Marvel adventures and insanity, and will make you believe that comic-book creators have even weirder lives than their mutant creations. (Rolling Stone )

Marvel Comics is a meticulous chronicle of the real secret origins of the superhero, a tragic love story about the relationship between a long parade of passionate, talented superhero devotees and the company that didnt love them back. (The Los Angeles Times )

A superpowered must-read for anyone hooked on comics, as well as a gripping story for someone merely enlightened by a genre thats always had to fight for respect. Its much more about ordinary, flawed humans than super men and women, and therein lies its excellence. (USA Today )

A corporate biography of Americas most significant comic-book publisher and a definitive portrait of comics in American culture. . . . Howe offers vivid reporting and enticing detail. . . . The result is a book both authoritative and charmingly readable. (The Wall Street Journal )-------------------------------------Torrent downloaded from
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