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Marvel Comics: The Untold Story Capa comum – 1 outubro 2013
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In the early 1960s, a struggling company called Marvel Comics presented a cast of brightly costumed characters distinguished by smart banter and compellingly human flaws: Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, the X-Men. Over the course of half a century, Marvel's epic universe would become the most elaborate fictional narrative in history and serve as a modern American mythology for millions of readers.
For the first time, Marvel Comics reveals the outsized personalities behind the scenes, including Martin Goodman, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and generations of editors, artists, and writers who struggled with commercial mandates, a fickle audience, and--over matters of credit and control--one another. Marvel Comics is a story of fertile imaginations, lifelong friendships, action-packed fistfights, and third-act betrayals--a narrative of one of the most extraordinary, beloved, and beleaguered pop-cultural entities in America's history.
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Sean Howe is the editor of Give Our Regards to the Atomsmashers!: Writers on Comics and the Deep Focus series of film books. He is a former editor and critic at Entertainment Weekly, and his writing has appeared in New York, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, Spin, and The Village Voice. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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- Editora : Harper Perennial; 1ª edição (1 outubro 2013)
- Idioma : Inglês
- Capa comum : 496 páginas
- ISBN-10 : 0061992119
- Dimensões : 3.56 x 13.46 x 20.07 cm
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This 400 plus page book adds lots more meat to the bones spanning the birth of Marvel up to the start of the recent spate of blockbuster movies.
If you are a Marvel fan it's a great read and includes tales of all the great creative minds that have made Marvel what it is today and some sad tales of former Marvel bullpen members who fell on really hard times after leaving the company for whatever reason. There's lots on the creative arrival and departures as well as the rivalry with DC Comics and the growth of some renowned independent comic groups. I remember the very brief interlude with Atlas Comics as I bought almost all of their titles.
If you are not a Marvel fan you may be grabbed by the recent problems caused by unmitigated corporate greed as a series of one track minded money grabbing executives with absolutely no interest in the comics themselves, they got rich off the backs of those who actually did the work with gimmicks like collectable variant overs solely designed to tempt comic buyers to splash out more money buying several copies of the same book rather than just buying something to read and enjoy.
The only reason it gets just 4 stars is the lack of illustrations, just one small picture of Stan & Jack at the end of the book, it could have done with more images of the bullpen and maybe some short biographies of the Marvel greats. That aside it's a great read.
And that's all here, of course- but there is so much more to the story. Carefully researched, generally impartial, willing to speculate, this is enormously entertaining, and full of new insights. A joy to read. Helped by Howe's witty prose, this is a delight, full of laugh out loud moments and clear explanation of very complex situations.
Here's a test for you- Howe's description of longtime Marvel bad guys AIM: "shady industrialists outfitted like futuristic beekeepers". If you laughed with recognition at that description- this is the book for you! Buy now!
If you love comics, you will love this! If you don't- you might like it anyway! Excelsior, pilgrims!
Sean Howe's untold history of Marvel Comics really comes to life detailing the shenanigans during the period 1972 to around 1986. Sadly, the coverage of the golden years of Marvel (1961-1971) and the later period (post-1995) is a good deal thinner. Sparse, actually. This makes me wonder if Howe had planned just to concentrate on the Shooter years, but his publishers reconsidered and asked him to add material on the earlier and later periods.
There are other books that cover the earlier years better than this. "Tales to Astonish" does a very good job on Marvel of the 1960s. "Men of Tomorrow" also sheds some much-needed light on those years. Even Stan Lee's own "Excelsior" does a better job on the 1960s than "Untold Story" does.
And the corporate raider years of the mid 90s is far better covered in Dan Raviv's "Comic Wars".
The material on Marvel's fortunes during the late 1990s and onwards is positively spartan ... so cursory that it might as well have been left out.
Someday, someone will write a complete history of Marvel ... but this isn't it. Don't get me wrong ... if you want a thorough and balanced account of how Marvel fared under the leadership of Jim Shooter, "Untold Story" does a very fair job. It's just not the whole story.
If you're on Facebook, I highly recommend author Sean Howe's dedicated page on this book as it contains an awful lot of visual information sadly not present in this fine volume (Jack Kirby's 1958 future cityscape illustration on this FB page is astonishing; Moebius who?).
Anyhoo, as an 'elderly' fanboy myself, I'm well aware of the history of Marvel Comics; even in Scotland, we've heard the alleged tale of a certain Marvel artist who beat up a fellow artist mate of his who wouldn't hand over the money he'd made for filling in a couple of issues said artist couldn't make the deadline on but it's good to have this oral history of Marvel Comics all confirmed in print, more or less.
For younger comic book fans, this book is a terrific read and I highly recommend it. I'd certainly never heard of David Bowie's ex-wife Angie having such a particular interest/involvement in the Black Widow character so that piece of trivia alone made it worth purchasing.
Author Howe's analysis of Marvel's editorial philosophy is spot on (ditto for same regarding the subtext found in Editor in chief Jim Shooter's own writing on the Avengers, for example) not to mention the business related ups & downs over the decades (no wonder Stan Lee mostly sat that stuff out).
Since this book is only available via Forbidden Planet and Amazon (or the odd charity shop), you'll not find it in any high street bookstores.
A worthy purchase, indeed, Effendi!