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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One of the items on the 2017 reading challenge I’m in the middle of, is to read a book I already read. I don’t read books over and over, so chosing one was hard, but I decided on “Marvel Comics: The Untold Story” by Sean Howe.
“Marvel Comics: The Untold Story” is filled with stories from the Timely Comics era, all the way to the modern Marvel we see today. The book features over 100 interviews and quotes from Marvel legends, including Stan Lee, Jack Kirby.
Regardless of how much you know about Marvel or comics, “Marvel Comics: The Untold Story” guides you through the good times and bad times the company has seen over the decades. It was in this book where I first learned about some of the backstage drama Jim Shooter years. Most importantly, how Shooter wanted to end the Marvel universe as we knew it so he could start from scratch.
Sean Howe even details what led Marvel’s top artists to jump ship and form Image Comics in the early 1990’s, as well the bankruptcy that nearly destroyed Marvel. And those are just some of the stories in this book.
For a comic book fan like me, “Marvel Comics: The Untold Story” is a must read. But even if you’re not a diehard fans like me, you will enjoy this book because some of the stories Howe tells, are just unbelievable.
“Marvel Comics: The Untold Story” gets a solid A
And with that, another item is crossed off the 2017 reading challenge: