Stan Lee is a force of nature whose baritone bonhomie is adored by fans of every age. What’s not to love? He even has his own Comic-Con event called Comikaze, where Lee himself made an appearance heralding his new video game “Stan Lee’s Hero Command” at the F84 Games booth, where a statue of Stan’s avatar in the game was on display.
Lee, age 93, has a work ethic that will shame most. In his new memoir (a fabulous Holiday Book Pick), Lee tells the story of his extraordinary life with the same inimitable energy and offbeat spirit that he brought to the world of comics in “Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir” which is illustrated by celebrated artist Colleen Doran, whom Stan Lee handpicked for this one-of-a-kind project, co-written by writer Peter David.
Marvel at the near-centenarian who has lived a classic American dream, from dirt poor New York kid scrapping his way through the Great Depression to icon beloved the world over.
Lee is on the same plane as Walt Disney, 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.
Marvel, the billion-dollar home of Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men, Daredevil, Thor, Wolverine, Fantastic Four and the Hulk, were all directed by Lee, the former chairman of Marvel, who stepped down in the late 1990s to create his own POW Entertainment.
This unique, richly illustrated, full-color graphic memoir vividly details every aspect of Lee’s remarkable and unparalleled career and recounts Lee’s major flashpoints, from his hardscrabble upbringing in New York City’s Washington Heights to his rise as the lead writer and editor in chief at Marvel Comics during its most prolific era in the 1960s and ’70s.
The tome is filled with stories—as Lee talks about superheroes struggling with personal hang-ups and bad guys who possessed previously unseen psychological complexity, all with his renowned 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.
This funny, moving, and incredibly honest memoir is a must-have for collectors and fans of comic books and graphic novels.