Tales to Astonish: Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and the American Comic Book Revolution

Tales to Astonish: Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and the American Comic Book Revolution

by Ronin Ro
     
 

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Tales to Astonish tells the spectacular life and times of Jack Kirby, the legendary forefather of American comic books. In the 1960s, Kirby joined with Stan Lee to develop many of our best-known and most beloved superheroes, including the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, the X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, the Avengers, and the Silver Surfer. Ronin Ro chronicles

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Tales to Astonish tells the spectacular life and times of Jack Kirby, the legendary forefather of American comic books. In the 1960s, Kirby joined with Stan Lee to develop many of our best-known and most beloved superheroes, including the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, the X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, the Avengers, and the Silver Surfer. Ronin Ro chronicles Kirbys poverty-stricken origins in New Yorks Lower East Side, his early commercial triumphs and failures, his renowned partnership with Lee, and his revolutionary artistic innovations, tracing the comic book industry from its inauspicious beginnings to its sensational successes.
Ronin Ro lives in New York City and is the author of Gangsta: Merchandising the Rhymes of Violence, the award-winning international bestseller Have Gun Will Travel, and the novel Street Sweeper. He has written for Vanity Fair, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Herald, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and Spin.
"Ro cleanly lays out Kirbys story...He does well by the facts."-The Onion
"Ro deftly handles Kirbys relationships...Tales to Astonish celebrates the stubbornness that kept Kirby, a superhero of comic books in his own right, creative as if against his will."-San Francisco Chronicle
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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"Compellingly depicts the codependent relationship between the charismatic Lee and the rough-edged Kirby…The story packs as much pathos as any of the duo's signature supersagas."
The Onion
"Ro cleanly lays out Kirby's story…He does well by the facts."
San Francisco Chronicle
"Ro deftly handles Kirby's relationships…Tales to Astonish celebrates the stubbornness that kept Kirby, a superhero of comic books in his own right, creative as if against his will."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596918924
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
12/05/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
853,493
File size:
894 KB

Meet the Author

Ronin Ro lives in New York City and is the author of Gangsta: Merchandising the Rhymes of Violence, the award-winning international bestseller Have Gun Will Travel, and the novel Street Sweeper. He has written for Vanity Fair, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Herald, Rolling Stone, and Spin.

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