Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

Paperback | October 1, 2013

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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In the early 1960s, a struggling company called Marvel Comics presented a cast of brightly costumed characters distinguished by smart banter and compellingly human flaws: Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, the X-Men. Over the course of half a century, Marvel's epic universe would become the most elaborate fictional narrative...

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:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.24 inPublished:October 1, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061992119

ISBN - 13:9780061992117

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meticulous and compelling An excellent read that has helped rekindle my love of Marvel Comics. The story of the "house of ideas" makes House of Cards look like a tame fairytale. The story of Marvel will make a great movie or multi - part Netflix epic. Unmissable.
Date published: 2015-08-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Marvel comics Rubbish and boring I thought it was going to be pics and speech bubbles!!!!!! :-(
Date published: 2013-10-22

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