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Marvel Comics : The Untold Story
by Sean Howe


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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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

"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.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780061992100
  • ISBN-10: 0061992100
  • Publisher: HarperTorch
  • Publish Date: October 2012
  • Page Count: 485
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.41 x 1.47 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.54 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-08-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

The comic book publisher that spawned roughly half of Hollywood’s summer franchises roils with its own melodrama in this scintillating history. Journalist Howe, editor of Give Our Regards to the Atomsmashers, recounts the saga of Stan Lee and the other auteurs who broke the square-jawed-and-earnest mold to create quirky, neurotic, rough-edged superheroes with a Pop Art look, including Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, and the X-Men. Howe’s exploration of the vast Marvel fictive universe, with its crazily grandiose plots and thousands of bizarre characters—the psychedelic 1970s birthed Angarr, a hippie supervillain who “blasted people with bad trips and primal screams”—is affectionate and incisive. But he focuses on the battle between the forces of art and commerce at the Marvel offices, where writers, artists, and editors wrestle for control of story arcs, titanic egos clash over copyrights, and creative oddballs confront the heartless, power-mad suits from marketing. Adroitly deploying zillions of interviews, Howe pens a colorful panorama of the comics industry and its tense mix of formulaic hackwork, cutthroat economics and poignant aesthetic pretense. Like comic books, his narrative often goes in circles; the same antagonisms keep churning away on successively grander platforms. Still, Howe paints an indelible portrait of the crass, juvenile, soulful business that captured the world’s imagination. Photos. Agent: Daniel Greenberg, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. (Oct.)

 
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