Stan Lee The Man Behind Marvel HC (2017 Rowman and Littlefield) comic books
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1st printing. By Bob Batchelor. The Amazing Spider-Man. The Incredible Hulk. The Invincible Iron Man. These are just a few of the iconic superheroes to emerge from the mind of Stan Lee. From the mean streets of Depression-era New York City to recipient of the National Medal of Arts, Lee's life has been almost as remarkable as the thrilling adventures he spun for decades. In Stan Lee: The Man behind Marvel, Bob Batchelor offers an eye-opening look at this iconic writer, a man who created (with talented artists) many of history's most remarkable characters. Batchelor explores how Lee capitalized on natural talent and hard work to become the editor of Marvel Comics as a teenager. After toiling in the industry for decades, Lee threw caution to the wind and went for broke, co-creating the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, and others in a creative flurry that revolutionized comic books for generations of readers. Batchelor reveals the risks Lee took to bring the characters to life and Lee's tireless efforts to make comic books and superheroes part of mainstream culture for more than fifty years. Candid, authoritative, and absorbing, this is a biography of a man who dreamed of one day writing the Great American Novel, but ended up doing so much more - changing American culture. Hardcover, 6-in. x 9-in., 256 pages, Text. Cover price $22.95.