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Marvel Comics Audiobook

Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

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Publisher's Summary

Throughout this 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 another.

For the first time, Marvel Comics reveals the outsized personalities behind the scenes, including Martin Goodman, the self-made publisher who forayed into comics after a get-rich-quick 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, 20 years later, developed with Lee the bulk of the company's marquee characters in a three-year frenzy of creativity that would be the grounds for future legal battles and endless debates.

Drawing on more than 100 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 history.

©2012 Sean Howe (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    juvinwo 03-17-17
    juvinwo 03-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wow!"

    What a wonderful book. Stephen Hoye's voice was fantastic and it had energy and style throughout! Buy it! You won't be disappointed! Such a great telling of history!

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    Matt Moore An ex-expatriate repatriated, by choice, back to the U.S. 01-19-17
    Matt Moore An ex-expatriate repatriated, by choice, back to the U.S. 01-19-17 Member Since 2016

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    "A Deft History of Marvel, Warts and All"

    Howe does amazing work in this tome, peeling back layer after layer of the long history of Marvel, detailing its triumphs and tragedies. A must-read for comics fans, scholars and casual observers.

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    Kbp2003 Puyallup 10-16-16
    Kbp2003 Puyallup 10-16-16 Member Since 2015

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    "A very thorough history of Marvel"

    For being only 20+ hours long, this book crams a ton of history in. Now I just need to find a book about the behind the scenes when the movies started being made. Highly recommend

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    Travis Bannister 10-14-16
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    "love it!"

    for anyone interested in the behind-the-scenes happenings of the comic industry this book is a must. I've always considered myself pretty knowledgeable about the industry and it's sometimes dirty side but this book offered new and interesting information. Great book!

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    Jon M. Wilson Stafford Springs, CT USA 09-22-16
    Jon M. Wilson Stafford Springs, CT USA 09-22-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Eye-opening and disenchanting"

    This book could have the subtitle The Shit Storm You Never Knew Was Happening and If You Pay Attention You Will Never Be Mad at a Single Comics Creator or Editor Again. I learned so much I had no idea about, but I came away a little depressed. The book is fricking fantastic in its research and detail, but I'm not entirely sure I'm happy I read it.

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    John A. D. Sicat Cortlandt Manor, NY, US 08-26-16
    John A. D. Sicat Cortlandt Manor, NY, US 08-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting and disheartening"

    Great narration. Well-written. A must for comic book fans, aspiring professionals, freelancers, and veterans of the industry. This book gives you the ultimate inside scoop on the ever-growing complexities of an already difficult-to-navigate business. As part of a family who I consider as "creatives," it's truly an eye-opener how young this industry still is. The dust has yet to settle. I highly recommend this book to everyone trying to break in to the industry.

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    DARBY KERN Green Bay, WI United States 08-24-16
    DARBY KERN Green Bay, WI United States 08-24-16 Member Since 2017

    I read, I write, I listen to books. I have worked as a scriptwriter for many projects some of which you can buy on Audible!

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    "I'm curious what the creators think..."

    I took this book with on a business conference/golf outing and found myself looking for time alone to listen to it.
    It was fun to hear more about people I've only known as names in comic book credits. There is plenty in these 18 hours that I didn't know at all, some good , some bad. The first half, after a brief recap of Marvel before 1960, talks about the Marvel age and the people behind it. Lots of interesting personalities there. You have your shirt sleeves and tie crowd and your dope smoking, acid dropping witch crowd working on the books almost side by side. It must have been interesting days to say the least.
    The first half of the be book covers the stories and characters, giving attention to the people who wrote and drew them. Once Marvel becomes a corporate entity the focus shifts to more boardroom decisions and it becomes more dry. Less attention is given to the creators until we arrive at the Liefeld/McFarlane period (and you learn what a couple of morons they truly are).
    My only beef with this reading is how the reader is allowed to mispronounce some of the names. The producers could have easily name checked these. It didn't ruin anything, just seemed amateurish.
    I'm curious to hear what the creators would have to say about the accuracy of this book.

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    eric 07-26-16
    eric 07-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A warts and all look behind the story"

    I only had read the comics as a kid and never heard any of the real behind the scenes stuff that wasn't funneled through the marvel pr machine. Super interesting read

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    Daniel Fogarty 05-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredibly detailed. Fascinating. Must read for all Comic Book fans"

    This book had an astonishing level of behind the scenes detail. Listen as the history of Marvel unfolds from the first Timely heroes to the birth of Spider-Man, the Hulk, etc, all the way to the acquisition by Disney.

    The character creations, major comic events, movie developments, and creator dramas are all explained in great detail.

    I'm a FAR more knowledgeable comics fan now than when I began listening. I only wish their was a DC companion volume, I would begin listening to that one immediately too!!

    Highly recommended

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    Ben Shaw 04-10-16
    Ben Shaw 04-10-16
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    "listened to it 4x now, It's a great listen "

    everybody need to listen to this at least once, It's phenomenal. don't be intimidated by the length

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