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Marvel Comics : the untold story

Author: Sean Howe; CloudLibrary.
Publisher: [New York] : HarperCollins, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An unvarnished, unauthorized, behind-the-scenes account of one of the most dominant pop cultural forces in contemporary America. Operating out of a tiny office on Madison Avenue in the early 1960s, a struggling company called Marvel Comics presented a cast of brightly costumed characters distinguished by smart banter and compellingly human flaws. Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sean Howe; CloudLibrary.
ISBN: 9780062218117 0062218115
OCLC Number: 1000330835
Notes: Electronic book.
3M Cloud Library E-Book.
Description: 1 online resource (496 pages)
Responsibility: Sean Howe.

Abstract:

An unvarnished, unauthorized, behind-the-scenes account of one of the most dominant pop cultural forces in contemporary America. Operating out of a tiny office on Madison Avenue in the early 1960s, a struggling company called Marvel Comics presented a cast of brightly costumed characters distinguished by smart banter and compellingly human flaws. Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, the Avengers, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men, Daredevil, these superheroes quickly won children's hearts and sparked the imaginations of pop artists, public intellectuals, and campus radicals. Over the course of a half century, Marvel's epic universe would become the most elaborate fictional narrative in history and serve as a modern American mythology for millions of readers. Throughout this decades-long journey to becoming a multibillion-dollar enterprise, Marvel's identity has continually shifted, careening between scrappy underdog and corporate behemoth. As the company has weathered Wall Street machinations, Hollywood failures, and the collapse of the comic book market, its characters have been passed along among generations of editors, artists, and writers?also known as the celebrated Marvel "Bullpen." Entrusted to carry on tradition, Marvel's contributors impoverished child prodigies, hallucinating peaceniks, and mercenary careerists among them struggled with commercial mandates, a fickle audience, and, over matters of credit and control, one another. For the first time, Marvel Comics is a story of fertile imaginations, lifelong friendships, action-packed fistfights, reformed criminals, unlikely alliances, and third-act betrayals; a narrative of one of the most extraordinary, beloved, and beleaguered pop cultural entities in America's history.

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