Excelsior!: The Amazing Life of Stan Lee

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Simon and Schuster, May 28, 2002 - Art - 256 pages
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The man behind Spider-Man, The X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, and a legion of other superheroes tells his own amazing story in a book packed with punch, humor, anecdotes, and a gallery of never-before-seen photographs.

Stan Lee is the most legendary name in the history of comicbooks. The leading creative force behind the rise of Marvel Comics, he brought to life some of the world's best-known heroes and most infamous villains. His stories, featuring super- heroes who struggled against 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 the super-human. In the process, he created a new mythology for the twentieth century.
In this treasure trove of marvelous memories, Stan tells the story of his life with the same inimitable wit, energy, and offbeat spirit that he brought to the world of comicbooks. He moves from his impoverished childhood in Manhattan to his early days writing comicbooks, followed by military training films during World War II, through the rise of the Marvel empire in the 1960s to his recent adventures in Hollywood.
The story of a man who earned respect by blazing new creative trails in a storytelling form once dismissed as just for kids, Excelsior! is an inspirational story about following one's vision, no matter the odds. Yet it's also the story of how some of the most exciting and memorable characters in the pop-culture universe came to thrill a generation.
  

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Review: Excelsior!: The Amazing Life of Stan Lee

User Review  - Lisa Kuhn - Goodreads

Grandpa Stan. What a great guy, and just as fun as I thought. I would love so much to meet this living legend. It was really cool learning about the history of Marvel. If you like anything Marvel, read this book. Read full review

Review: Excelsior!: The Amazing Life of Stan Lee

User Review  - Rylan Perrott - Goodreads

Loved the book couldn't put it down. Stan writes as he speaks I felt like I was sitting with Stan and he was telling me his amazing life story. As a huge marvel fan I loved finding out the back story of how it all began and the behinds the scenes Great stuff! What a Legend. Read full review

Contents

Stans Soapbox
1
The Start of Something Big
7
Editor by Default
22
War and the Writer
33
Return to Wonderland
48
A Happy Hack Once More
57
Joanie at First Sight
65
Never a Dull Moment
79
Promoter at Large
141
Our Expanding Universe
157
Transition Trouble and Travel
170
The Sultan of Strips
178
Friends Are Forever
188
Mr Marvel Becomes Joe Hollywood
202
The Catastrophic Collecting Craze
217
Almost a Tycoon
227

Seduction of the Gullible
90
From Chaos to Comedy
105
Our New Mythology
113
Along Came a Spider
124
From Spidey to Superman
234
Now for My Next Number
241
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Stan Lee is the former head writer, editorial and art director, publisher, and chairman of Marvel Comics, where he now holds the title of chairman emeritus. Currently chairman and chief creative officer of POW! Entertainment, where he creates motion pictures and television series, he lives in Los Angeles.

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