Book Review: ‘A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story Of Stan Lee’ By Danny Fingeroth

Author Danny Fingeroth was a comic book fan growing up and ended up working for Marvel Comics and Stan Lee. He worked on many projects with Stan including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men and Avengers among many. He now has written a great book looking at the icon’s life and how Stan did it all.

Stan Lee loved comics growing up and soon found himself with a job at Marvel Comics. Stan didn’t draw, that was left to others, but the stories and overviews were him (and others). The book goes in chronological order from Stan as a youngster, to getting his first job, to coming up with his comics, to them becoming popular, declining and popular again.

As TV became popular Stan along with artists named Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, made comics popular again. Competing against powerhouse DC (which Stan worked for as well for a while) he made Marvel a household name in the 60’s.

Not everything was great over the years. There were lawsuits, fights, his personal life losing a child and having a marriage. Author Fingeroth seems to cover everything with extensive research, interviews, his personal relationship with Stan and the archives at the University of Wyoming. It’s just a great look at Stan Lee and for comic book fans, a great behind the scenes look at how they were developed and made.

You can pick up A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story Of Stan Lee in stores on Tuesday, November 5th from St. Martin’s Press.

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