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Ged the worldThat its all true is just frosting on the cake Jonathan LethemFor the first timeMarvel Comicstells the stories of the men who Marvel Comics The eBook #10003 made Marvel Martin Goodman the self made publisher who forayed into comics after a get rich uick tip in Stan Lee the energetic editor who would shepherd the company through thick and thin for decades and Jack Kirby the WWII veteran who would co create Captain Ameri. As a Marvel fan from the mid 1960 s onwards I thought I knew a fair bit about the writers and artists and the arguments that led to several renowned departures especially in the earlier phase those of Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko and the creative differences they had with Stan Lee as to who actually created major characters There was so much intrigue behind the scenes thoughThis 400 plus page book adds lots meat to the bones spanning the birth of Marvel up to the start of the recent spate of blockbuster moviesIf you are a Marvel fan it s a great read and includes tales of all the great creative minds that have made Marvel what it is today and some sad tales of former Marvel bullpen members who fell on really hard times after leaving the company for whatever reason There s lots on the creative arrival and departures as well as the rivalry with DC Comics and the growth of some renowned independent comic groups I remember the very brief interlude with Atlas Comics as I bought almost all of their titlesIf you are not a Marvel fan you may be grabbed by the recent problems caused by unmitigated corporate greed as a series of one track minded money grabbing executives with absolutely no interest in the comics themselves they got rich off the backs of those who actually did the work with gimmicks like collectable variant overs solely designed to tempt comic buyers to splash out money buying several copies of the same book rather than just buying something to read and enjoyThe only reason it gets just 4 stars is the lack of illustrations just one small picture of Stan Jack at the end of the book it could have done with images of the bullpen and maybe some short biographies of the Marvel greats That aside it s a great read

Summary Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

 Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

Comics The PDF #8608 The defining behind the scenes chronicle of one of the most extraordinary beloved and dominant pop cultural entities in Americas history Marvel Comics and the outsized personalities who made Marvel including Martin Goodman Stan Lee and Jack KirbySean Howes history of Marvel Marvel PDFEPUB or makes a compulsively readable riotous and heartbreaking version of my favorite story that of how a bunch of weirdoes chan. Exhaustively researched written in a collouial tone and dedicated to every minute detail about struggles over authorship layoffs personal differences and instances of corporate greed the text simply rambles on chapter after chapter devoid of a personality or soul The history of Marvel from WW2 years to the sixties and then to the present time is told in chronological order but lacking a narrative thread Things happen to the Merry Marvel Men but they have no meaning There is no thesis Stories about the ups and downs of Marvel throughout the years seem like a collection of facts It had a revolving door uality Comic book artists come and go throughout the years perhaps with Stan Lee standing by the door welcoming them and watching them goWhat did I want I wanted to know better the writers and illustrators of Marvel Comics What were the influences of Jack Kirby and other artists What made Stan Lee tick How did their experiences influence the way they wrote and illustrated comics I know that Howe provides examples of some of these aspects but he does so in a disjointed manner One moment he s talking about Lee s attempt at making movies and a friendship with Frenc director Alain Resanis and the next he moves on to the reduction of titles then to Gerry Conway s contributions and then to Martin Goodman sploy to defeat DC by pretending to raise prices His writing style is an all you can read about Marvel option Reading it was uite a drag and tiresome I am terribly disappointed by it

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Ca in and twenty years later developed with Lee the bulk of the companys maruee characters in a three year frenzy Incorporating than one hundred original interviews with those who worked behind the scenes at Marvel over a seventy year spanMarvel Comicspacks anecdotes and analysis into a gripping narrative of how a small group of people on the cusp of failure created one of the mostenduring pop cultural forces in contemporary Americ. This is a very good account of what was going on behind the scenes at Marvel Comics during the 1980s I was fascinated by this because I worked at the UK office of Marvel during that same period and made the pilgrimage to Marvel US around 1982 But as a casual visitor I had no idea what was going on with the editors on a day to day basis This book explained it all completelySean Howe s untold history of Marvel Comics really comes to life detailing the shenanigans during the period 1972 to around 1986 Sadly the coverage of the golden years of Marvel 1961 1971 and the later period post 1995 is a good deal thinner Sparse actually This makes me wonder if Howe had planned just to concentrate on the Shooter years but his publishers reconsidered and asked him to add material on the earlier and later periodsThere are other books that cover the earlier years better than this Tales to Astonish does a very good job on Marvel of the 1960s Men of Tomorrow also sheds some much needed light on those years Even Stan Lee s own Excelsior does a better job on the 1960s than Untold Story doesAnd the corporate raider years of the mid 90s is far better covered in Dan Raviv s Comic WarsThe material on Marvel s fortunes during the late 1990s and onwards is positively spartan so cursory that it might as well have been left outSomeday someone will write a complete history of Marvel but this isn t it Don t get me wrong if you want a thorough and balanced account of how Marvel fared under the leadership of Jim Shooter Untold Story does a very fair job It s just not the whole story


9 thoughts on “ Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

  1. says:

    At first I was a little skeptical about the subtitle of Sean Howe’s 2012 book Marvel Comics: The Untold Story. I grew up reading Marvel Comics and have read other books on the company’s history. After finishing Howe’s version, however, I’m happy to report that his investigative journalism into Marvel’s past is quite impressive, and

  2. says:

    Exhaustively researched, written in a colloquial tone, and dedicated to every minute detail about struggles over authorship, layoffs, personal differences, and instances of corporate greed, the text simply rambles on, chapter after chapter, devoid of a personality or soul. The history of Marvel from WW2 years t

  3. says:

    I will preface this by saying I started reading comics in the 70's. The good things about this book was reading about the artists, writers and editors that were there at the beginning of Marvel all the way through when this book was written. I also enjoyed finding out how titles were put together each month, the give and t

  4. says:

    This is an amazing collection of information. The Business of the comics we all know and love, sometimes juxtap

  5. says:

    As a Marvel fan from the mid 1960's onwards I thought I knew a fair bit about the writers and artists and the arguments that led to several renowned departures especially in the earlier phase those of Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko and the "creative differences" they had with Stan Lee as to who actually created major characters. Ther

  6. says:

    The one book that has destroyed my childhood reminiscing, brilliant read but behind the pages of stories are fantastic tales of wonder, my jaw d

  7. says:

    Genius! If you have any interest at all in the creative or business end of the comic book industry over the past fifty years, then you need to read this book. The general Marvel narrative is well known: desperate publisher allows experimentation, genius artist and wisecracking huckster create a new paradigm, the Sixties pop art revolution, College kids become the new audience, the original band splits up due t

  8. says:

    This is a very good account of what was going on behind the scenes at Marvel Comics during the 1980s. I was fascinated by this because I worked at the UK office of Marvel during that same period and made the pilgrimage to Marvel US (around 1982). But as a casual visitor, I had no idea what was going on with the editors on a day to day basis. This book explained it all completely.

    Sean Howe's untold history of Marvel Comics really com

  9. says:

    Got this off before Xmas and read it in one sitting (almost).

    If you're on Facebook, I highly recommend author Sean Howe's d

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