Who Was Stan Lee?

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Penguin, Dec 26, 2014 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 112 pages
Stanley Lieber was just seventeen when he got his first job at Timely Comics in 1939. Since then, the man now known as Stan Lee has launched a comic book empire, made Marvel Comics a household name, and created iconic superheroes such as Iron Man, Spider-Man, and the Fantastic Four. Stan Lee is still dreaming up caped crusaders and masked vigilantes in his nineties. Who Is Stan Lee? tells the story of a New York City kid with a superhero-sized imagination.

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A story about a man who lived in his comic book world, Who Is Stan Lee? illuminates upon the life and times of the one who gifted upon us Marvel Comics. Focusing on his early life as a copy boy, ghost writer and inker for small pulp houses, this book shows how Stan found every way to work toward his dreams despite great adversity. There are sections that explain happenings along his timeline including the Great Depression and the rise and fall of the Golden and Silver ages of the comics industry. The illustrations are black and white and simplistic, but they are good companions to the information being given. Stan Lee’s slow progression of success is painted much like he frames his own heroes; showing the struggle, tribulations and hard work it takes to become legendary. 

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Marvel and superheros are my favorite. Now this tells me how they came to be. Stan Lee went threw a lot.


Who Is Stan Lee?
Becoming Stan Lee 18
The Teenager Takes Over 29
Joanie 36
Comics Under Attack 44
Marvel Is Born 50
Movie Stardom for Marvel 76

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Geoff Edgers is a reporter at The Boston Globe and author of Who Were The Beatles? and Who Was Elvis Presley?

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