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An exciting new biography I am looking forward to reading

A MARVELOUS LIFE: THE AMAZING STORY OF STAN LEE by DANNY FINGEROTH (St. Martin's Press/Macmillan) offers a behind-the-scenes look at how Stan Lee became known as the voice and face of comics. As editor, publisher and co-creator of Marvel, he was the glue that held the industry together. With creative partners including Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko--with whom he had tempestuous relationships that rivaled any superhero battle--Lee created world-famous characters including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, and the Hulk.


But Lee's career was haunted by conflict and controversy. Was he the most innovative creator in the comic book industry? Was he a lucky no-talent whose only skill was taking credit for others' work? Or was he something else altogether? In A MARVELOUS LIFE, Fingeroth attempts to answer these questions while offering his unique insider's view of Stan Lee, delving into his invention of Marvel Comics, how he redefined the word hero, and reconstructed the world's idea of how a story should be told.


"There's more about Stan Lee in this roller coaster of a book than I thought I'd ever want to know. But I couldnt stop reading it. Danny Fingeroth gives us, page after page, rapid and cogent insights into the Marvel world, the comics universe, and Stan Lee as innovator, ring master, high-stakes gambler, con man, and an indefatigable charmer. And visionary, as well. Of course, Stan would want to take the book apart, and put it together again."

--JULES FEIFFER (assisted Will Eisner on The Spirit, and authored The Great Comic Book Heroes)

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