Tales to Astonish: Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and the American Comic Book Revolution

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 5, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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Tales to Astonish tells the spectacular life and times of Jack Kirby, the legendary forefather of American comic books. In the 1960's, Kirby joined with Stan Lee to develop many of our best-known and most beloved superheroes, including the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, the X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, the Avengers, and the Silver Surfer. Ronin Ro chronicles Kirby's poverty-stricken origins in New York's Lower East Side, his early commercial triumphs and failures, his renowned partnership with Lee, and his revolutionary artistic innovations, tracing the comic book industry from its inauspicious beginnings to its sensational successes.
Ronin Ro lives in New York City and is the author of Gangsta: Merchandising the Rhymes of Violence, the award-winning international bestseller Have Gun Will Travel, and the novel Street Sweeper. He has written for Vanity Fair, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Herald, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and Spin.
"Ro cleanly lays out Kirby's story...He does well by the facts."-The Onion
"Ro deftly handles Kirby's relationships...Tales to Astonish celebrates the stubbornness that kept Kirby, a superhero of comic books in his own right, creative as if against his will."-San Francisco Chronicle
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User Review  - Chris177 - LibraryThing

A wonderful book telling the history of the Kirby/Lee comic book revolution. It is well written and has lots of behind the scenes stories and conflicts. I was a little heartbroken when I read of all ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
24
Chapter 3
31
Chapter 4
43
Chapter 5
49
Chapter 6
58
Chapter 7
70
Chapter 8
78
Chapter 15
189
Chapter 16
209
Chapter 17
217
Chapter 18
235
Chapter 19
242
Chapter 20
262
Chapter 21
266
Chapter 22
276

Chapter 9
86
Chapter 10
110
Chapter 11
127
Chapter 12
146
Chapter 13
162
Chapter 14
178
Epilogue
287
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
295
A NOTE ON THE AUTHOR
297
A NOTE ON THE TYPE
298
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Ronin Ro is an award-winning author and music journalist. He has written for Spin, Rolling Stone, USA Today, Playboy, Vanity Fair, and Vibe. He is the author of five other books, including the critically acclaimed Have Gun Will Travel: The Spectacular Rise and Violent Fall of Death Row Records.

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