Stan Lee is a man who needs no introduction. The most legendary name in the history of comic books, he has been the leading creative force behind Marvel Comics, and has brought to life—and into the mainstream—some of the world’s best-known heroes and most infamous villains throughout his career. His stories—filled with superheroes struggling with personal hang-ups and bad guys who possessed previously unseen psychological complexity—added wit and subtlety to a field previously locked into flat portrayals of good vs. evil. Lee put the human in superhuman and in doing so, created a new mythology for the twentieth century.
In this beautifully illustrated graphic memoir—illustrated by celebrated artist Colleen Doran—Lee tells the story of his life with the same inimitable wit, energy, and offbeat spirit that he brought to the world of comics. Moving from his impoverished childhood in Manhattan to his early days writing comics, through his military training films during World War II and the rise of the Marvel empire in the 1960s to the current resurgence in movies, Amazing Fantastic Incredible documents the life of a man and the legacy of an industry and career.
This funny, moving, and incredibly honest memoir is a must-have for collectors and fans of comic books and graphic novels of every age.
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Excelsior! If there is one man in the known universe who deserves a comic book memoir, it is clearly Stan Lee. Incomparable, legendary, immortal? Possibly. This guy has been around since the beginning and has had his hand in almost every major superhero we know today. Funny, poignant, touching, whimsical and enjoyable to read, the only thing I didn’t love about this is the art style. It’s not bad, but it certainly isn’t edgy or modern, I think they may have been trying to impart that “classic” feel of older comics. I didn’t hate it, but I have to be honest, the number one reason I read a comic at all is because of the art, and the artwork here is passable buy hardly memorable. Still, this has got to be the easiest to digest memoir I’ve ever read and a fun look at the history of comics and the life of it’s most legendary figure.
When you stop to realize that Stan Lee became famous for his work with comic books and comic book characters, it's perhaps surprising that no one thought of – or at least acted on – the concept of doing his biography as a comic book / graphic novel until he hit his 90s! “Amazing Fantastic Incredible” captures the larger-than-life public persona of Stan Lee. There's no attempt to pretend that the 4th wall even exists, although much of the book involves Mr. Lee revealing his life story to a pre-teen Stanley Lieber – before he adopted the pen name of (and eventually legally changed it to) “Lee”. The Stan Lee in this book does admit to having made some errors – I'd heard the tale of the Iron Man mask with a bolted-on nose, but others stories were new to me. He makes no secret that his relationship with collaborating authors, especially Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby, soured after their success; one has to wonder if Mr. Lee is as innocent / ignorant of the circumstances and emotions as he describes. The book also reviews the origins of some of the early Marvel comics - not the origins of the characters, but the stories behind the scenes as to what spurred the creation and publication of “Fantastic Four”, “The Incredible Hulk”, and even “Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos”. I'm glad I read it. I'm only surprised it took until 2015 to produce it. RATING: 5 stars. Aside: Wondering … This is a graphic novel. How can there be a frickin' AUDIO version available??