Marvel Comics

Marvel Comics

The Untold Story

Book - 2012
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"Sean Howe's history of Marvel makes a compulsively readable, riotous and heartbreaking version of my favorite story, that of how a bunch of weirdoes changed the world...That it's all true is just frosting on the cake."
--Jonathan Lethem

"Exhaustively researched and artfully assembled, this book is a historical exploration, a labor of love, and a living illustration of how the weirdest corners of the counterculture can sometimes become the culture-at-large."
-- Chuck Klosterman

In the early 1960s, Marvel Comics introduced a series of bright-costumed superhero characters--including Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, and the Amazing Spider-Man--that would evolve into a modern American mythology for millions of readers. Over the last half-century, these characters have been passed along among generations of brilliant editors, artists, and writers who struggled with commercial mandates, a fickle audience, and, over matters of credit and control, one another. Written by Sean Howe, former comic book reviewer and editor at Entertainment Weekly, Marvel Comics: The Untold Story is a gripping narrative of one of the most extraordinary, beloved, and beleaguered pop cultural entities in America's history.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2012.
ISBN: 9780061992100
0061992100
Characteristics: 485 p. ; 24 cm.

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ChristchurchLib Mar 18, 2013

Marvel Comics originated in 1939, when publisher Marvin Goodman reluctantly expanded his pulp magazine business into the new field of comic books. But the brand didn't really take off until 1961, when writer Stan Lee and artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko helped create Marvel's most well-known characters. In this in-depth, meticulously researched, and "scintillating history" (Publishers Weekly), Entertainment Weekly editor Sean Howe delves into the tangled and contentious personal relationships among Marvel's talented stable of editors, writers, and artists; also taking center stage are their creations, like golden-boy Captain America and lovable (if nerdy) Spiderman. Fans who can't get enough may also want to try Blake Bell's equally dishy The Secret History of Marvel Comics.

Popular Culture newsletter March 2013.

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ErnieK
Feb 18, 2013

I have no illusions as a comic book reader about how the sausage is made, or how the business has changed, but after a couple hundred pages of this book, I just could not care anymore. The revolving door to Marvel's "bullpen" and the endless divisiveness just keeps on keepin' on, with the same people having the same arguments over the same issues. leaving in a huff and coming back to repeat the story, decade after decade.

Howe does a good enough job with mind numbing material. I would have liked a few more date references and a little more clarification as to who was where doing what to whom, but it's a confusing and repetitive saga to tell.

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writer13
Feb 13, 2013

A wonderful peak behind the curtain of the house of ideas that shines a light on what a nest of vipers it really was. The divisive attitudes that were apparently prevalent in Marvel's heyday provide allusions to the atmosphere of modern investment banking. A terrific history of the company that is largely responsible for our modern mythos.

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bvonschlosser
Aug 02, 2012

incorrect title listed. the book will now be published as "MARVEL COMICS: THE UNTOLD STORY"

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