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    DescriptionFrom a tiny office on Madison Avenue in the early 1960s, a struggling company named "Marvel Comics" introduced a series of bright-costumed superhero characters distinguished by smart banter and compellingly human flaws. "Spider-Man", "The Fantastic Four", "Captain America", "The Incredible Hulk"," The Avengers", "Iron Man", "Thor"," The X-Men", "Daredevil" - these superheroes quickly won children's hearts and sparked the imagination of pop artists, public intellectuals, and campus radicals. Over the course of half a century, Marvel's epic universe would become the most elaborate fictional narrative in history and serve as a modern American mythology for millions of readers. Interweaving history, anecdotes, and analysis, Sean Howe traces Marvel's decades - long rise to a multi-billion-dollar enterprise, revealing how it weathered "Wall Street" machinations, Hollywood failures, legal battles, and the collapse of the comic book market. He shows how Marvel's identity has continually shifted, careening between scrappy underdog and corporate behemoth. He also introduces the men behind the magic, including self-made publisher Martin Goodman, energetic editor Stan Lee, and Jack Kirby, the WWII veteran and co-creator of many of the company's marquee characters. A story of fertile imaginations, lifelong friendships, action-packed fistfights, reformed criminals, unlikely alliances, and third-act betrayals that incorporates more than one hundred original interviews with Marvel insiders then and now, "Marvel Comics: The Untold Story" is a gripping narrative of one of the most dominant pop cultural forces in contemporary America.


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    Title
    Marvel Comics
    Subtitle
    The Untold Story
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sean Howe
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 496
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 48 mm
    Weight: 748 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780061992100
    ISBN 10: 0061992100
    Classifications

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    LC classification: PN6725 .H69 2012
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    Illustrations note
    Two Black and White Images
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins
    Publication date
    10 October 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Sean Howe's writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Observer, Spin, and the Village Voice. He is a former editor and critic at Entertainment Weekly, and the editor of Give Our Regards to the Atomsmashers!: Writers on Comics. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
    Review quote
    "It's about time somebody wrote "Marvel Comics: The Untold Story," and it looks like Sean Howe was the right guy for the job. Howe's clear-eyed history. . . is as full of colorful characters, tragic reversals and unlikely plot twists as any book in the Marvel canon."--"Newsday"