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

ISBN-10: 1556525419

ISBN-13: 9781556525414

Edition: 2003

Authors: Jordan Raphael, Tom Spurgeon

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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.
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Jordan Raphael has written for numerous publications, including "The New York Times," "Los Angeles Times," and "The Globe and Mail." He lives in Los Angeles. Tom Spurgeon edited "The Comics Journal" and has written for Seattle's "The Stranger." His syndicated newspaper comic strip, "Wildwood," appeared in more than 12 million homes daily. He lives in Silver City, New Mexico.

Tom Spurgeon is a former managing editor of The Comics Journal and the co-author of Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book. He runs, one of the most prestigious and acclaimed comics news and criticism websites online. He lives in Silver City, New Mexico.

Introduction and Acknowledgments
"From Humble Beginnings ..."
Stanley Lieber
Martin's Cousin-in-Law
Stan Lee, Playwright
Bring on the Bad Guy
The Biggest Comic-Book Company in North America
Jolly Jack and Sturdy Steve
The Escapist
"The Marvel Age of Comics has Truly Begun"
The World's Greatest Comic Magazine
Secret Origins
What Marvel Did
"A Marvel Pop-Art Production"
Live and on Campus
Stan Lee, Editor
Moving on Up
"With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility"
Friends of New Marvel
Building the Brand
"Flame On!"
Stan Lee, Author
Stan in Hollywood
"This Man, This Monster"
The Evil Empire
Step Right Up!
"It's Clobberin' Time!"
In Stan's Image
Millionaire on Paper
"If This be My Destiny"
Stan the Man
Ever Upward
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