While searching for new and exciting graphic novels soon to be published, I discovered something interesting… a new biography by a comics legend, co-written with another spectacular writer, and illustrated by one of the most talented and versatile artists in the industry!
…but I’ll let the publisher speak…
In this gorgeously illustrated, full-color graphic memoir, 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 possessed previously unseen psychological complexity—added 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.
In this beautifully illustrated graphic memoir—illustrated by celebrated artist Colleen Doran—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.
This funny, moving, and incredibly honest memoir is a must-have for collectors and fans of comic books and graphic novels of every age.
Of course, Stan the Man wrote an autobiography back in 2002, but he’s been busy these past 15 years, so there’s probably another book’s worth of material to recollect!
There’s no cover art yet, so stay tuned. There is a hardcover, unabridged audiobook, and ebook listed for preorder. Slated to be 192 pages, it’s scheduled for release on October 6, 2015. Right before New York Comic Con! Might there be a local signing? Perhaps some surprise guests at Javits? Stay tuned, true believers!
-National print, TV, and radio publicity campaign
-Author events in Los Angeles
-Online promotions and features
-Dedicated website featuring excerpts, video, and more
-Cross promotion with the author’s website: TheRealStanLee.com
-Cross promotion with the author’s social media
-SimonandSchuster.com monthly e-newsletter feature
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