Marvel Comics The Untold Story E–book/E–pub


  • Hardcover
  • 485
  • Marvel Comics The Untold Story
  • Sean Howe
  • English
  • 11 January 2020
  • 9780061992100

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Read & Download Marvel Comics The Untold Story Marvel Comics The Untold Story Free download Í 105 Free download Û PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ë Sean Howe Decades long journey to becoming a multibillion dollar enterprise Marvel's identity has continually shifted careening between scrappy underdog and corporate behemoth As the company has weathered Wall Street machinations Hollywood failures and the collapse of the comic book market its characters have been passed along among generations of editors artists and writers also known as the celebrated Marvel Bullpen Entrusted to carry on tradition Marvel's contributors impoverished child prodigies hallucinating peaceniks and mercenary careerists among them struggled with commercial mandates a fickle audience and over matters of credit and control one anotherFor the first time Marvel Comics reveals the outsized personalities behind the scenes including Martin Goodman the self made pub. 45 StarsI reviewed this engaging narrative for Kirkus Reviews a while back

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Marvel Comics The Untold Story

Read & Download Marvel Comics The Untold Story Marvel Comics The Untold Story Free download Í 105 Free download Û PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ë Sean Howe Lisher who forayed into comics after a get rich uick tip in 1939; Stan Lee the energetic editor who would shepherd the company through thick and thin for decades; and Jack Kirby the World War II veteran who'd co created Captain America in 1940 and twenty years later developed with Lee the bulk of the company's maruee characters in a three year frenzy of creativity that would be the grounds for future legal battles and endless debatesDrawing on than one hundred original interviews with Marvel insiders then and now Marvel Comics is a story of fertile imaginations lifelong friendships action packed fistfights reformed criminals unlikely alliances and third act betrayals a narrative of one of the most extraordinary beloved and beleaguered pop cultural entities in America's histor. This is a fascinating glimpse into the early years of the superhero comics industryIf you ve read it I m pleased to report that the office environment at First Second is nothing like the office environment in the early years at Marvel ComicsFor one thing no one here has ever come to work to find that their desk has been turned into an auarium

Read & Download Marvel Comics The Untold Story

Read & Download Marvel Comics The Untold Story Marvel Comics The Untold Story Free download Í 105 Free download Û PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ë Sean Howe An unvarnished unauthorized behind the scenes account of one of the most dominant pop cultural forces in contemporary AmericaOperating out of a tiny office on Madison Avenue 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 Captain America the Incredible Hulk the Avengers Iron Man Thor the X Men Daredevil these superheroes uickly won children's hearts and sparked the imaginations of pop artists public intellectuals and campus radicals Over the course of a half century Marvel's epic universe would become the most elaborate fictional narrative in history and serve as a modern American mythology for millions of readersThroughout this. I m gonna do something a little different here I ll review the book properly first then talk generally about what I read These post review comments are peripheral to the review so I ll keep them separate They re just things that interested me and might be interesting to others who haven t read this might not read this but are into Marvel comics I ll tell you when I switch The review Sean Howe s Marvel Comics The Untold Story is a comprehensive look at the company that was founded as Timely Comics in 1939 became Atlas Comics and then eventually settled on Marvel Comics It s the company that gave us Captain America Namor the Submariner and The Human Torch in the Golden Age and then as Marvel Comics the iconic characters the Fantastic Four the Incredible Hulk Thor Doctor Strange Iron Man the Avengers the X Men and Spider Man The best nonfiction books compel readers whether they re interested in the subject matter or not Howe s book is not that You definitely have to be deeply invested in the subject of Marvel Comics to enjoy this book because wow is there a ton of detail here Most of it is pretty boring too So and so didn t get on with so and so they created this character in an afternoon made this comic in a weekend nobody gave a shit blah blah blah It s very dull stuff and the minutiae of who worked on what book when has very esoteric appeal Once you get to the modern age the 2000s there s almost no detail here whatsoever which makes sense because of course the detail is all from the 50s and 60s everyone from that time is dead or nearly there themselves so who gives a shit People today They still have careers and we won t get the gossipy stories behind this time for another few decades Though that said gossipy stories in comics as this book proves are pretty dry in themselves People not getting along cheap product being pushed etc As you would expect Howe s book is a sad story of creators who made art sold them to the corporation for a pittance and the corporation made billions while the creator lived in poverty What comes across most strongly is how little the people at Marvel gave a shit about the comics themselves Almost from day 1 the plan seemed to be to make the comics as a stepping stone to what the true goal was movies and merchandise and money money money Well they got there and the book ends with the success of the first Avengers movie conuering the box office There is a lot of detail here which if you re a huge fan you ll definitely enjoy I m a casual fan and I felt it to be a bit too much especially as I m not a fan of the Golden or Silver Ages lines of comics of which the bulk of the book is about But you ll learn a lot and though it s slow and ponderous it s very edifying That warning again Marvel Comics The Untold Story is ONLY for comics fans everyone else will be bored stupid That was the review here are some thoughts on the subject matter My take on the self mythologizing egotist Stan Lee I didn t care for Lee before I read this book but afterwards now I definitely dislike him He got the job at Timely because he was the boss s nephew He didn t see comics as an art form just a means to make some cash before he launched his career as a novelistplaywrightHollywood screenwriteractordirector Ha Have you read any of Stan Lee s drivel Here s something he wrote to Marvel readers when the company was briefly purchased by a fly by night outfit called New World The young hip fun loving guys who run New World dig Marvel Comics as much as you do That s why they bought us They want to make some real dynamite movies and TV shows based on all your favorite characters I don t wanna sound like I m trying to snow you so I ll just mention two of their latest smashes the movie Soul Man and the TV series Sledge Hammer Nuff said If you look up the word tool in a dictionary you ll see Lee s grinning mug And really his shit comics were the best he could do He was never destined to be a great writer because he wasn t one He made terrible comics and dreamt dreams of better things like the rest of us He was lucky he made his name with the comics he looked down on otherwise he d be a total unknown What s really unforgivable though is the way Lee treated his co creators and artists For example in the early days of Marvel Stan Lee created what would become known as the Marvel style of writing as he was at that point the sole writer of the entire line A page or two of outline would be handed to one of the artists Jack Kirby John Romita Steve Ditko who would then flesh it out into a 20 page comic Lee would then go back and fill in the word balloons and captions depending on what was happening in the panel Today the artist would be given a co writer credit because that s what they did took a rough premise and fashioned a story out of it breaking it down into panels and pages Because that s what modern comics scripts do a page of script per page of comic within that page are panel breakdowns captions and notes to the artist for what s happening Take those away and the artist then has to do that become the writer as it were Not back then Ditko Kirby et al were never given co writer credits and were only ever listed as artists What made it worse was that the PT Barnum esue Stan Lee often claimed that he was the creator of characters like Spider Man and the Hulk freuently ignoring and downplaying the contributions of the artist co creators entirely In these early days when artists like Kirby were leaned on to make the deadlines for less dependable artists there s a definite case to be made that there wouldn t even be a Marvel Comics today without the likes of Kirby Stan Lee couldn t draw and nobody would pay to read just his shoddy prose and still the artists were denigrated Sure there also wouldn t be a Marvel without Stan Lee s efforts I understand why he chased movies and TV so hard success there would help the ailing comics market and allow it to continue and prosper and he put in countless hours into broadening the appeal of the brand as well as writing so many comics But I can t reconcile the fact that he was so well recompensed Stan Lee s salary from Marvel was is 500k a year for life in sharp contrast to the artists who got shafted nor was his behaviour towards them anything less than unacceptable Steve Gerber creator of Howard the Duck put it best in a letter to The Comics Journal Stan was responsible for a massive infusion of creativity into the industry twenty years ago but he is also the man who under the protective umbrella of Marvel company policy has robbed Jack Kirby Steve Ditko and others of the credit due them as creators for those same twenty years Stan Lee on the 1970s Ms Marvel redesign Why didn t you bring me this one first This is what I m after tits and ass Hack Chris Claremont misunderstanding and being an asshole to his audience Rarely will you find among fans comic or SF a magnificent physical specimen of humanity Because if you re that good mentally or physically you don t need the fantasy the reality s good enough What I learned about Jim Trouble Shooter We have Shooter to thank for 1 Event Comics which started with his abysmal Secret Wars a storyline designed to sell toys 2 Tie In Comics where entire lines would have to halt and come up with an issue that ties into an event comic for no reason other than MONEY and 3 Death Comics where he realised he could sell comics if he killed off the main character so all these Death of Insert Character Name Here titles are down to this douchebag DC were doing so poorly in the early 80s they at one point began negotiating to give Marvel the rights to Superman Batman Wonder Woman Green Lantern New Teen Titans The Legion of Superheroes and Justice League of America can you imagine if that deal had gone through My dislike of Scott Lobdell is vindicated He was a struggling stand up comic who got the job of staff writer at Marvel purely because he could hit deadlines talent didn t come into it Oh and unbelievably in the early 90s when the comics market was going crazy he was earning 85k A MONTH That said the guys at Image like Rob Liefeld and Todd McFarlane were literally earning millions MILLIONS For unreadable drek Bill Jemas gave us some truly awful comics like Wolverine Origin and Marville and is the reason why Grant Morrison left Marvel for good after his New X Men run but the loudmouth dickhead did do some good He gave us the Ultimate universe which made the company a lot of much needed money back in the day and gave us the MAX line an adult Marvel line that allowed swearing nudity and graphic violence The best thing he did though was tell the Comics Code Authority to fuck off once and for all When he did that everyone followed suit and by 2011 that toxic body the CCA was no Michael Jackson once thought about purchasing Marvel Marvel really aren t about the comics even today Comics are a means to an end Avi Arad the guy who s responsible for a number of Marvel movies getting made before Marvel became their own studio Publishing was where it all started and it was great source You had ready made storyboards to look at to understand how to lay out stories But the big deal for the company was merchandising everything from cereals to shirts to video games to shoes you name it That s where the serious revenues were coming from The final word has to go to Frank Miller who paid tribute to Jack Kirby who died in 1994 That year Miller delivered the keynote speech at an industry seminar in Balti and he was so on point An age passes with Jack Kirby I can t call it the Marvel Age of comics because I don t believe in rewarding thievery I call it the Jack Kirby age of comics Miller went on to say that the only way to talk about the future of comics is to talk about its sad sorry history of broken lives of talents denied the legal ownership of what they created with their own hands and minds ignored or treated as nuisances while their creations went on to make millions and millions of dollars Marvel Comics is trying to sell you all on the notion that characters are the only important component of its comics As if nobody had to create these characters as if the audience is so brain dead they can t tell a good job from a bad one You can almost forgive them this since their characters aren t leaving in droves like the talent is For me it s a bit of a relief to finally see the old work made for hire talent don t matter mentality put to the test We ve all seen the results and they don t even seem to be rearranging the deck chairs


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    Sean Howe ë 5 Read Free download Û PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ë Sean Howe Marvel Comics The Untold Story E–book/E–pub I finished this book a while back but I needed to let it sit and marinate before tackling my review I'm not sure why that is exactly It's not for fear of bias getting in the way of my review I've long ago lost any pretension of objectivity when reviewing anything; it's not because I didn't have things to say Perhaps it is simply that my enjoyment of the book and its uality don't match and I needed to reconcile that in

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    Marvel Comics The Untold Story E–book/E–pub I have been a comic collector for almost 50 years I actually owned a comic store for a few years I would have told anyone i was pretty well versed in Marvel Comics history at least the 1950s 1970s Boy was I wrong This book was so detailed in the history I was learning something ever minute I listened to it I think It must be because the writer is a journalist by trade and obviously investigated this story like

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    Marvel Comics The Untold Story E–book/E–pub Free download Û PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ë Sean Howe Sean Howe ë 5 Read This is a fascinating glimpse into the early years of the superhero comics industryIf you’ve read it I’m pleased to report that the office environment at First Second is nothing like the office environment in the early years at Marvel ComicsFor one thing no one here has ever come to work to find that their desk has been turned into an auarium

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    Marvel Comics The Untold Story E–book/E–pub In Marvel Comics The Untold Story author Sean Howe conducted over 100 interviews with employees past and present in an effort to present a comprehensive history of the comics giantHowe takes the reader through the company’s early years in the 40s and 50s before the explosion of popularity they would see in the 1960s Fro

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    Marvel Comics The Untold Story E–book/E–pub DepressingShort shriftFascinatingDepressing to see just how much Stan Lee and many others did some grand over fucking of the painfully naive creators in whose backs this company was built Short shrift as in a great many sub stories just beg to be told but only get a passing reference amidst all the musical chairs of the corporate

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