The definitive account of one of the most beloved and important pop cultural institutions in America's history - Marvel Comics. Operating out of a tiny office on Madison Avenue in the early 1960s, a struggling company called Marvel Comics introduced a series of superhero characters with eye-catching bright costumes, smart banter, and compellingly human flaws that thrilled not just children but pop artists, public intellectuals, and campus radicals: The Fantastic Four. Spider-Man. The Hulk. The X-Men. Iron Man. Thor. Daredevil. All of them interacted in the same epic universe, weaving a tapestry of stories that, taken together, would become the most elaborate fictional narrative in history and serve as a modern American mythology for millions of readers. Throughout the decades-long journey to becoming a multi-billion-dollar enterprise - as Marvel weathered Wall Street machinations, Hollywood failures, and the collapse of the comic-book market - the Marvel Universe characters were passed along among generations of editors, artists, and writers. Entrusted to carry on tradition, these creators-impoverished child prodigies, hallucinating peaceniks, and mercenary careerists among them-struggled with commercial mandates, a fickle audience, and, over matters of credit and control, one another. MARVEL COMICS tells the stories of these men, 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; Jack Kirby, the WWII veteran who'd co-created Captain America in 1940 and, twenty years later, developed with Lee the bulk of the company's marquee characters in a three-year frenzy of creativity that would be the grounds for future legal battles and endless debate. Incorporating more than one hundred original interviews with those who worked behind the scenes at Marvel over a seventy-year-span, MARVEL COMICS is the definitive account of one of the most extraordinary, beloved, and beleaguered pop cultural entities in America's history.
"It's about time somebody wrote "Marvel Comics: The Untold Story," and it looks like Sean Howe was the right guy for the job. Howe's clear-eyed history. . . is as full of colorful characters, tragic reversals and unlikely plot twists as any book in the Marvel canon."--"Newsday"
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 10th October 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.7 x 5.2
Weight (kg): 0.71