As someone with little or no drawing talent but a real love of comic books, I bought this title to see if i could perhaps learn a little about how it's all done. The book not only does that, it entertains and informs on a lot more as well. It's a real nuts and bolts guide on how to get started as an artist, working right from the basics on how to draw all the way through to completing your own comic book.
Most interesting of all is the Marvel design and composition philosophy laid out by the inimitable Stan Lee, basically an illustrated guide on how to 'direct' the action going on within the pages you create. To say something has 'comic-book action' is usually used in a derogatory sense, but when you see the Marvel scene next to a run of the mill scene you learn to appreciate the time and thought that went into it.
The only downside is the lack of colour, either in the pages or in the training guide itself, and it concentrates almost exclusively on pencil and ink creations. However, as it's aimed squarely at the beginner this is no big loss. Just creating one of the comic pages in the lessons took me hours of tongue-chewing concentration, but the fact that I created it at all, let alone had the urge to sit there doing it for so long has to speak volumes for this book.