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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 possess previously unseen psychological complexity - have added wit and subtlety to a field previously locked into flat portrayals of good versus evil. Lee put the human in superhuman and in doing so created a new mythology for the 20th century.

Stan 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.

Funny, moving, and incredibly honest, this beautiful memoir is a must-have for collectors and fans of comic books and graphic novels of every age.

©2015 Stan Lee (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"[Narrator Peter] Reigart does an 'amazing, fantastic, incredible' job bottling Lee's enthusiasm and tendency to speak in superlatives." (AudioFile)

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Stan is 'The MAN!'. Listening with boys is best!

Excellent job! so awesome to listen to the story of how Stan came up with the characters that we have all learn to love.

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cute, funny, short and very well narrated story.

Stan is the man and this is his story (in brief). A fun and entertaining read.

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A glorious conversation with a great story teller

Would you listen to Amazing Fantastic Incredible again? Why?

Having heard the whole story (very economically shrunk down to less than 2 hours), I look forward to hearing it again.

What did you like best about this story?

Stan Lee is an American treasure and in a league with Aesop, Doyle, Dickens, Steven King and World Wrestling Entertainment. "Just a couple of guys writing and drawing stories" have become a world-wide franchise and their characters beloved by millions.

What does Peter Riegert and Stan Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

By turns humble, hilarious and intriguingly introspective, this is definitely a story only Stan could deliver.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This is an "American Dream" story - good guys working hard and (eventually) getting the success and accolades beyond their wildest dreams. Inspirational - with really awful jokes along the way.

Any additional comments?

Irresistible. I dare you to hit the stop button and interrupt this wild and wonderful tale.

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Loved It

It was so fun and entertaining! Definitely made my work day a lot better. Stan Lee is the man!!!

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way too thin

Unfortunately, I would have loved a lot more detail on Stan's memoir. Most of his stories are a couple of throw away lines leaving you wanting a lot, lot more.

There were some sound problems on my copy with the reader occasionally screaming then whispering at times. Both leaving me to fiddle with the volume, something I've never had to do before.

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Spirited and Entertaining

If you could sum up Amazing Fantastic Incredible in three words, what would they be?

'Nuff said! It emerges as a unique look at the history of a formative figure in the redefinition of the comic book form.

What other book might you compare Amazing Fantastic Incredible to and why?

None come to mind.

Have you listened to any of Peter Riegert and Stan Lee ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The untold backstory! Thrilling! Chilling!

Any additional comments?

None

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Rest in Peace, Stan The Man

What a genuine force of creativity, escapism, and capitalism. Had a hard time not tearing up through most of this.

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Excelsior!

First of all, if you love Marvel/Stan Lee, this audio book is a must. It’s astonishing how much material about Stan’s life gets covered in such a short amount of time. Plus, Lee himself narrates the intro!

Second, this is one of the funniest things I’ve listened to in quite some time. Stan Lee always was one of the best showmen in the world and every sentence in this book is polished with his patented charm. Nuff’ said. Beyond highly recommended!

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Amazing Fantastic incredible

Amazing Fantastic incredible!!! That’s Mr. Stan Lee. Whose comics touched the life of millions, but specially for those like me who felt alien living amongst others!! Thank you for all!!!

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Good but Short

For the price, this is not worth it. An interesting life story but way too short. Feels like nothing more than a passage from a wikipedia page on Stan Lee, giving no real depth or insight beyond factoids that most of us already knew. The performance was good, but still not enough for the price.

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  • darren
  • 06-12-16

Stan The Man

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My only criticism of this wonderful book is it is far too short apart from that it is perfect!
I stopped reading comics about 35 years ago but when I was a kid Marvel Super-heros were part of my life as was the legendary Stan "The Man" Lee, so it was so nice to find out a little more about him and how Marvel was run. I understand this was originally published a graphic-novel (or should that be comic?) so maybe I'll check that out too!

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  • FranG
  • 02-05-18

Book over Audio on this Occasion...

The audio option fell a little short in my opinion, it went by a bit too quickly for a audio experience, felt the book would have been a better option, especially for this particular title.

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  • Nick
  • 11-11-15

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its was a great to listen to but it seem to jump around a fair amount with regrads to the story.