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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Stans Soapbox
The Start of Something Big
Editor by Default
War and the Writer
Return to Wonderland
A Happy Hack Once More
Joanie at First Sight
Never a Dull Moment
Promoter at Large
Our Expanding Universe
Transition Trouble and Travel
The Sultan of Strips
Friends Are Forever
Mr Marvel Becomes Joe Hollywood
The Catastrophic Collecting Craze
Almost a Tycoon

Seduction of the Gullible
From Chaos to Comedy
Our New Mythology
Along Came a Spider
From Spidey to Superman
Now for My Next Number

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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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