Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

Hardcover | October 9, 2012

bySean 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. 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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“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,...

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An unvarnished, unauthorized, behind-the-scenes account of one of the most dominant pop cultural forces in contemporary AmericaOperating out of a tiny office on Madison Avenue in the early 1960s, a struggling company called Marvel Comics presented a cast of brightly costumed characters distinguished by smart banter and compellingly hum...

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.

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Format: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 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

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