Marvel Comics: The Untold Story (P.S.) (Paperback)

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Whether you grew up with the comics, or just recently watched The Avengers movie, Marvel Comics permeates our pop-culture fabric. Sean Howe's tremendous book describes the company's founding, its creative and business highs and lows, and manages to retain its humanity in such a large scale retelling. A GREAT BOOK, not just for comic book fans.

— From Vlad


"Sean Howe's history of Marvel makes a compulsively readable, riotous and heartbreaking version of my favorite story, that of how a bunch of weirdoes changed the world...That it's all true is just frosting on the cake."
--Jonathan Lethem

"Exhaustively researched and artfully assembled, this book is a historical exploration, a labor of love, and a living illustration of how the weirdest corners of the counterculture can sometimes become the culture-at-large."
-- Chuck Klosterman

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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061992117
ISBN-10: 0061992119
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: October 1st, 2013
Pages: 496
Language: English
Series: P.S.