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This review is from: Excelsior: The Amazing Life Of Stan Lee (Hardcover)
Quite simply tells the story of stan lee life his professional and personal ones.
The tale is one of heart felt honesty and in some cases breath taking naivety.
As well as his early life in the depression and his war service, we deal with how he met his wife and there ups and downs alongside his career in "funny books".
How in the early 60s he was about to quit to do something more creatively satisfying when his Geordie wife advised he give one last college try.
The result was fantastic four ,then spider man ,ironman, thor etc.(the rest is history)
He details his horrendous work load running every marvel title
and how becoming the face of marvel alienated his colleagues and his boss.
Who thought he was taking too much of the credit .
Steve ditko the "other guy" who created spiderman and of course jack kirby .Stan eventually works with kirby again and patches up there differences.
but fate is not done with stan yet there's the comic book code and the seduction of the innocent debarkle.
Marvel seems to have been bought out every other week by various rich guys changing the playing field constantly.
When some of his old comics start selling for 10s of thousands of dollars
the average man on the street starts buying up comics as an investment.
Not realising that there being so many copies about will make the comics nearly worthless.
Once joe public realises this comic book makers are left with suddenly shrinking circulations ,a glut of comics they cant give a way and enormous wall street style crash occurs nearly destroying the comic industry .
To stan's credit his only sympathies are with the independent comic book shops many of whom closed down during this period.
He tends not to dwell on his mistakes or lack of business acumen like the fact that his characters have made billions and he has seen very little of it.His ill fated stan lee media company and his dubious business partner now hiding out in south america.
The books goes along way to dispelling some of the negative myths around stan and humanising the chairman emeritus of marvel comics.Biographies can have a tendency to back fire and expose the subject as a "wrong un".
This is full of warmth and wit and most of all humanity
which is what he brought to his comic book characters
Long live stan
(just don't do any more Kevin smith movies ,okay?)