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Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book - Jordan Raphael

Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book

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Published: 1st September 2004
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Based on interviews with Stan Lee and dozens of his colleagues and contemporaries, as well as extensive archival research, this book provides a professional history, an appreciation, and a critical exploration of the face of Marvel Comics. Recognized as a dazzling writer, a skilled editor, a relentless self-promoter, a credit hog, and a huckster, Stan Lee rose from his humble beginnings to ride the wave of the 1940s comic books boom and witness the current motion picture madness and comic industry woes. Included is a complete examination of the rise of Marvel Comics, Lee’s work in the years of postwar prosperity, and his efforts in the 1960s to revitalize the medium after it had grown stale.

"An insightful examination of a publishing phenomenon that has become an integral part of pop culture. It offers keen insights on how the industry has risen, fallen, survived, and teetered on the edge of extinction. And it illuminates the role Lee played in a long-running drama every bit as compelling as those depicted between the garish covers of Marvel Comics." --L.D. Meagher, CNN.com "Will probably stand as the definitive history of this particular slice of American popular culture." --Kirkus Reviews "Raphael and Spurgeon's celebration of [Stan Lee's] career is a pleasure to read and an inspiration for would-be superheroes everywhere." --Gregory McNamee, Hollywood Reporter ""Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of American Comic Book is an insightful examination of a publishing phenomenon that has become an integral part of pop culture. It offers keen insights on how the industry has risen, fallen, survived, and teetered on the edge of extinction. And it illuminates the role Lee played in a long-running drama every bit as compelling as those depicted between the garish covers of Marvel Comics." --L.D. Meagher, "CNN.com

Introduction and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prologuep. xi
"From Humble Beginnings ..."
Stanley Lieberp. 3
Martin's Cousin-in-Lawp. 10
Stan Lee, Playwrightp. 19
"Excelsior!"
Bring on the Bad Guyp. 37
The Biggest Comic-Book Company in North Americap. 49
Jolly Jack and Sturdy Stevep. 64
The Escapistp. 72
"The Marvel Age of Comics has Truly Begun"
The World's Greatest Comic Magazinep. 81
Secret Originsp. 86
What Marvel Didp. 95
"A Marvel Pop-Art Production"
Live and on Campusp. 109
Stan Lee, Editorp. 116
Moving on Upp. 126
"With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility"
Friends of New Marvelp. 137
Building the Brandp. 157
"Flame On!"
Stan Lee, Authorp. 171
Stan in Hollywoodp. 184
"This Man, This Monster"
The Evil Empirep. 201
Step Right Up!p. 213
"It's Clobberin' Time!"
In Stan's Imagep. 233
Millionaire on Paperp. 247
"If This be My Destiny"
Stan the Manp. 259
Ever Upwardp. 266
Source Notesp. 271
Indexp. 289
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ISBN: 9781556525414
ISBN-10: 1556525419
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st September 2004
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.45