Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir
Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir

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Annotation: The comic book author and creator of such famous comic-book characters as Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk describes his early struggles in the comic book industry of the 1940s and 1950s and his emergence as a world famous cartoonist.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #137162
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Illustrator: Doran, Colleen,
Pages: 192
Availability: Indefinitely Out of Stock (Limited Quantities Available)
ISBN: Publisher: 1-501-10772-0 Perma-Bound: 0-605-96714-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-501-10772-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-96714-4
Dewey: 921
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: English
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Probably the most famous comics writer of our time is Lee. Creator of such icons as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men, Lee has become a fan favorite for his groundbreaking ideas and warm personality. His comic-book-style memoir is a perfect reflection of his life, filled with corny jokes and the sensational enthusiasm that Lee poured into his years of work. Lee and coauthor David clearly have fun with the piece, in one instance swatting an original Action Comics out of little Stan Lee's hands, stating that the comic would never become valuable. It's a thorough history of not only his life but of the comic-book industry, from its struggles in the 1950s with censorship to its recent focus on movie blockbusters. Doran's artwork is reliable and adds to the lighthearted feel, and although more could have been done with the blank backgrounds that fill most of the piece, she valiantly mimics the various styles used by Jack Kirby and other Lee collaborators. A wonderful take on an amazing man. Excelsior!
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Word Count: 18,275
Reading Level: 4.3
Interest Level: 9-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.3 / points: 3.0 / quiz: 179603 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.7 / points:7.0 / quiz:Q67915
Lexile: GN640L

In this gorgeously illustrated, full-color graphic memoir, Stan Lee—comic book legend and cocreator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, the Incredible Hulk, and a legion of other Marvel superheroes—shares his iconic legacy and the story of how modern comics came to be.

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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