Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book by Jordan Raphael

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Based on interviews with Stan Lee and dozens of his colleagues and contemporaries, as well as extensive archival research, this book provides a professional history, an appreciation, and a critical exploration of the face of Marvel Comics. Recognized as a dazzling writer, a skilled editor, a relentless self-promoter, a credit hog, and a huckster, Stan Lee rose from his humble beginnings to ride the wave of the 1940s comic books boom and witness the current motion picture madness and comic industry woes. Included is a complete examination of the rise of Marvel Comics, Lee’s work in the years of postwar prosperity, and his efforts in the 1960s to revitalize the medium after it had grown stale.
 

About Jordan Raphael

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Jordan Raphael has written for numerous publications, including "The New York Times," "Los Angeles Times," and "The Globe and Mail." He lives in Los Angeles. Tom Spurgeon edited "The Comics Journal" and has written for Seattle's "The Stranger." His syndicated newspaper comic strip, "Wildwood," appeared in more than 12 million homes daily. He lives in Silver City, New Mexico. Tom Spurgeon is a former managing editor of "The Comics Journal" and the co-author of "Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book". He runs TheComicsReporter.com, one of the most prestigious and acclaimed comics news and criticism websites online. He lives in Silver City, New Mexico.
 
Published September 1, 2004 by Chicago Review Press. 338 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Comics & Graphic Novels, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Evenhanded and readable biography of comic maestro Lee and, through him, a history of the genre.

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Publishers Weekly

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Stan Lee, the cocreator of pop cultural icons like Spider-Man, the Hulk and the X-Men, has long been the subject of debate within the comics community, and Raphael and Spurgeon aim to set the recor

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Stan Lee, the cocreator of pop cultural icons like Spider-Man, the Hulk and the X-Men, has long been the subject of debate within the comics community, and Raphael and Spurgeon aim to set the record straight in this well-researched and entertaining book.

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Lee is the man who shepherded these characters into the American consciousness, and Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book is the story of how he did it.It should come as no surprise to learn that Lee didn't create many of the characters for which he took credit.

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