Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean HoweMarvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe

Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

bySean Howe

Hardcover | October 9, 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.

Sean Howe is the editor ofGive Our Regards to the Atomsmashers!: Writers on Comicsand the Deep Focus series of film books. He is a former editor and critic atEntertainment Weekly, and his writing has appeared inNew York,The Los Angeles Times,Slate,Spin, andThe Village Voice. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Title:Marvel Comics: The Untold StoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.49 inPublished:October 9, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061992100

ISBN - 13:9780061992100

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A really great book despite obvious author's bias A great, informative read. To a point. All the stuff up until the late ninties is chronicled really well, though Howe's feelings are evident throughout (he obviously doesn't like Stan Lee, Jim Shooter, etc). It's great to get a history of Marvel while reading about a lot of the dirt as well. However, once he gets to the late ninties, Howe just seems to turn bitter for no really good reason. If he does give anyone credit for anything, it's begrudgingly. And it's cut really short. In my opinion, Marvel's been going great in the past decade, both in print and other forms of media, with some flaws, but what do you expect? For Howe to dismiss it so casually seems unprofessional and certainly not what I expected when I bought the book. Oh well, up to that point it's a fantastic read.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly interesting!! What a fascinating read! i'm only 1/4 of the way through it (there's ALOT of historical info) but its very hard to put down once you pick it up. if you enjoy comics to the extent that you know the names of writers and artists, then you MUST read this book!!
Date published: 2013-01-09

Editorial Reviews

“Hugely entertaining.”