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A marvelous life : the amazing story of Stan Lee

by Fingeroth, Danny,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 14 Libraries 14 of 21 copies
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The definitive biography of the beloved--often controversial--co-creator of many legendary superheroes, A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee presents the origin of "Stan the Man," who spun a storytelling web of comic book heroic adventures into a pop culture phenomenon: the Marvel Universe.

Stan Lee was the most famous American comic book creator who ever lived.

Thanks, especially, to his many cameos in Marvel movies and TV shows, Lee was--and even after his 2018 death, still is--the voice and face of comics and popular culture in general, and Marvel Comics in particular. How he got to that place is a story that has never been fully told--until now.
With creative partners including Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko--with whom he had tempestuous relationships that rivaled any superhero battle--Lee created world-famous characters including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, and the Hulk!

But Lee's career was haunted by conflict and controversy. Was he the most innovative creator to ever do comics? Was he a lucky no-talent whose only skill was taking credit for others' work? Or was he something else altogether?

Danny Fingeroth's A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee attempts to answer some of those questions. It is the first comprehensive biography of this powerhouse of ideas who, with his invention of Marvel Comics, changed the world's ideas of what a hero is and how a story should be told.

With exclusive interviews with Lee himself , as well as with colleagues, relatives, friends--and detractors--Fingeroth makes a doubly remarkable case for Lee's achievements, while not ignoring the controversies that dogged him his entire life--and even past his death. With unique access to Lee's personal archives at the University of Wyoming, Fingeroth explores never-before-examined aspects of Lee's life and career, and digs under the surface of what people thought they knew about him.

Fingeroth, himself a longtime writer and editor at Marvel Comics, and now a lauded pop culture critic and historian, knew and worked with Stan Lee for over four decades. With his unique insights as a comics world insider, Fingeroth is able to put Lee's life and work in a unique context that makes events and actions come to life as no other writer could.

Despite F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous warning that "There are no second acts in American lives," Stan Lee created a second act for himself that changed everything for him, his family, his industry, and ultimately for all of popular culture. How he did it--and what it cost him--is a larger-than-life tale of a man who helped create the modern superhero mythology that has become a part of all our lives.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Stan Lee, who died last year at 95, was probably the world's most famous comic book creator, arguably renowned less for his role in begetting Marvel's fabled superheroes than for his cameo appearances in their movie adaptations and his ceaseless self-promotion. Lee became editor at the company as a teenager in 1941. But it wasn't until two decades later, when he developed the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man with artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, that Marvel became a cultural phenomenon. Soon Lee relinquished writing to devote his time to public appearances to promote Marvel (and, concurrently, to build his own brand). His grandstanding rankled many who felt he was hogging the credit that should have been shared with the artists, and his failure to develop other successful characters after his early-1960s fecundity further tarnished his reputation. Even so, Lee remains a pivotal figure in the superhero genre that's come to dominate popular culture, and Fingeroth, a comics veteran who worked closely with Lee, gives evenhanded treatment to his accomplishments and foibles.--Gordon Flagg Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this enthusiastic biography of Stan Lee (1922--2018), Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch), one-time writer and editor at Lee's longtime employer Marvel Comics, tells the story of the man who helped create comic legends including Spider-Man and Black Panther. Born Stan Leiber in New York City, Lee was "a classic American success story," who turned infectious moxie, geniality, and restless creativity into a career. Starting in comics as a teenager, Lee became a whirlwind of editorial energy (he did not draw) at Marvel Comics, which prided itself on more human, "neurotic," characters than DC's simplistic supermen. Lee's voice, promulgated through punchy story lines and chattily self-deprecating columns within each issue directed at readers, built a fun, self-aware image perfect for a maturing audience. As the industry competed with television, Lee and artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko reinvented comics by combining "simultaneously cynical and idealistic" perspectives with a strong humanism, spinning off the Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk, the Avengers, and the X-Men while addressing social ills like racism. Fingeroth's insider account is likely too long on Marvel's business permutations, but this biography is a fittingly ebullient tribute to a man who never failed to add one more exclamation mark. This is a sure hit for comics fans of all camps. (Nov.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Lee, Stan, -- 1922-2018.
Marvel Comics Group.
Cartoonists -- United States -- Biography.
Comic books, strips, etc -- Authorship.
Comic books, strips, etc -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Amazing story of Stan Lee
Language English
Description viii, 390 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-381) and index.
ISBN 9781250133908
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