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
"[Narrator Peter] Reigart does an 'amazing, fantastic, incredible' job bottling Lee's enthusiasm and tendency to speak in superlatives." (AudioFile)
"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.
"cute, funny, short and very well narrated story."
Stan is the man and this is his story (in brief). A fun and entertaining read.
"A glorious conversation with a great story teller"
Having heard the whole story (very economically shrunk down to less than 2 hours), I look forward to hearing it again.
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.
By turns humble, hilarious and intriguingly introspective, this is definitely a story only Stan could deliver.
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.
Irresistible. I dare you to hit the stop button and interrupt this wild and wonderful tale.
It was so fun and entertaining! Definitely made my work day a lot better. Stan Lee is the man!!!
"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.
"Spirited and Entertaining"
'Nuff said! It emerges as a unique look at the history of a formative figure in the redefinition of the comic book form.
None come to mind.
The untold backstory! Thrilling! Chilling!
"Must be better in print"
I'm not sure, but maybe this book just wasn't suited to audio. The story was simultaneously rambling and disjointed, to the point that, if it was any longer I would not have finished it. The performance was good. There must be visual elements to the print version that bring the whole thing together. As an audiobook, it reminds me of a Woody Allen character that's meant to be a caricature of an old Jewish Brooklynite.
"Stan lee knows how to bring a smile"
Great storytelling full of positive fun
I also recommend taking the MOOC at EdX that Stan Lee did with Michael Uslan for more on history (and technique) of writing comics
I found the book to be pretty shallow. the reading was as uninspired as the text.
"Stan The Man"
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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