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Marvel Comics : the untold story (2012 original; edició 2012)

de Sean Howe

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Interweaves history, anecdotes, and analysis with more than one hundred interviews with Marvel insiders to reveal how Marvel, which introduced brightly costumed caped crusaders in the 1960s, became one of the most dominant pop cultural forces in contemporary America.
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Títol:Marvel Comics : the untold story
Autors:Sean Howe
Informació:New York : Harper, c2012.
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Marvel Comics: The Untold Story de Sean Howe (2012)

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Really more of a history of Marvel-Comics-the-company than Marvel-Comics-the-group-of-people, which I think works for the book in some places (the summarization of the battle over creators' rights here is probably the best I've seen so far), and works against it in others (the last segment on Marvel in the late 90s through to the films, is incredibly dull). My biggest frustration is that it feels like it glosses over far more interesting stuff in favor of corporate trivia. (Two question I had hoped this would answer - how did Diamond capture the distribution market, and how did both John Romita Sr. and Jr. end up working for Marvel - are, in the case of the former, briefly mentioned, and in the latter, not really looked at at all, but you sure do get lists of every stupid editor, president, publisher, and CEO Marvel ever had.) Sean Howe's heart seems to be in the right place here, but I guess I was looking for something else. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
What a great way to end the year, a five-star book! Sean Howe's history of Marvel Comics, from its early start all the way up to today is a fantastic read. Not only was I interested in the material, but the author wrote effortlessly, pulling me from the first to the last page.

I was most excited about the material covering the mid-to-late 70s and early 80s. I read Marvel books by the dozen back then, and was thrilled to be reintroduced to writers, artists, inkers and colorists who I had committed to memory and had even seen at Creation Conventions in the early 80s. I loved being reminded of the plots of some of my favorite books: X-Men, Fantastic Four and Daredevil. I loved John Byrne doing X-Men and Frank Miller drawing Daredevil. What a rush of nostalgia and fun reading about things that were very important to me when I was growing up. Speaking of my childhood, it was also way cool that my comic book loving friend Rob was mentioned in the book. Yay Rob! He lived our dream and worked for Marvel for awhile.

I also liked reading about the internal struggles, fights and drama that went on behind the scenes. I never knew this part of Marvel and was blown away. I was depressed about how creative people were treated (often not getting ownership of their creations) and incensed about the greed of business people who came in and tried to milk millions for themselves out of Marvel without liking comics or those who read them. Amazingly, some didn't even look at the products their company made!

This is a great book and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who grew up reading Marvel comics, especially during the 70s and 80s.


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  drew_asson | Dec 3, 2020 |
As someone who didn't grow up reading comics but has spent twenty years as a sideline observer of the fandom, I found this is an excellent history of Marvel.

It is also a profoundly depressing book. The author clearly strove and I think largely succeeded at an even-handed approach, taking no sides to the extent that's possible. There were plenty of episodes where people just plain behaved badly, though, and there's not much to be done about that.

It's food for a great deal of thought on the history and future of publishing in general, the dangers of monopoly in any creative industry, and the difficulties inherent in cooperative creative work. I recommend it. ( )
  RJ_Stevenson | Aug 19, 2020 |
This book is terrific! Very thorough, very engaging! I felt like it touched on pretty much everything - I don't feel like anything significant was left out - and yet it read easily and quickly. That's an impressive achievement.

It's fascinating to discover that the behind-the-scenes political and economic machinations of the Marvel company are as byzantine as the fictional Marvel Universe itself. It's interesting to know more about what underlay the oscillations in the quality of the comics over the years.

I should note that I read a pre-publication copy of this work and so the following may no longer be relevant...

I would like to see some graphic representations of some of the information in this book. A timeline would be nice, and maybe some kind of family-tree like structure to clarify some of the relationships between Marvel and the other companies mentioned. There are a whole lot of names and relationships and interactions that this book covers and easily accessed visual references might help the reader to keep it all straight.

All told, though, I didn't feel that it was too much of a challenge to follow along.

This is a great gift to anyone interested in the history of Marvel! ( )
  johnthelibrarian | Aug 11, 2020 |
It's hard not to make this review about me, as annoying as that would be to read, because of how important comics - and Marvel Comics in particular - were to me (and still are, to some degree), but I won't go there.

The history of this company, and its expansive modern mythology, is seriously fascinating reading - especially if you are familiar with their output. If you aren't, you may well find yourself getting a hold of some of their amazing work that you've never heard of before (esp. the books from the 70's). It is also the history of a corporate juggernaut that chewed up and spat out all the people who devoted the most to it. Aside from the Ballad of Jack Kirby, which could be its own 600pg tome, there were so many bodies left in ditches. People who devoted decades of their lives and were the most popular creators of their time, cut off without a single word about their involuntary departure. Then you have the superstars of the early 90's, who were (esp. in the case of McFarlane and Liefeld) unscrupulous hypocrites who bragged about burning their bridges - only to go on (in several cases) to treat others even more unfairly than the parent company they sought to replace.

It's a story of greed, and the magic that somehow managed to grow in the tiny green spaces not touched by corporate corruption and a virtual derth of human decency. It's one of the best nonfiction books I've ever read, and it has had what I think will be a lasting impact on me.

The summation on the cover, that it was a company that "gave people what they wanted while it took from them what they had" is better wording than I can generate. I'm going to write to a few of the creators who we're lucky enough to still have with us, to thank them for their work. ( )
  Ron18 | Feb 17, 2019 |
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