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Excelsior!: The Amazing Life of Stan Lee [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Stan Lee , George Mair

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The excitement generated by Excelsior!, the long-awaited autobiography of an icon of the comic world that coincides with the release of the spring’s most keenly anticipated blockbuster, Spider-Man, may not equal the frenzy the movie is creating, but many have been eagerly awaiting Stan Lee’s revelations on how he created such immortal superheroes as the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, the X-Men and--oh, yes--Spider-Man. Lee is Marvel Comics veteran writer and creative director who almost single-handedly made comics hip--thanks to his innovations, campuses all over the US and the UK began to find comics de rigueur reading. The urbane, immensely likeable Lee has been in the comics business for over 40 years, and has long been its most articulate voice. This fascinating, handsomely illustrated memoir details the writer’s life from childhood in a modest Jewish family in New York to getting his first story published in a magazine at seventeen, and his break into comics as jack-of-all trades at Timely Comics (Marvel's predecessor) where he met legendary artist Jack Kirby (his co-creator of most of the great Marvel superheroes). His talents didn’t go unrecognised for long: he became creative director at 18. Lee enlisted when the war broke out and was one of only eight US Army playwrights alongside such stellar names as Frank Capra. Lee went back to comics after the war as the driving force behind Marvel, selling over two billion comics to readers of all ages throughout the world. Lee’s memoir is always candid about such things as the shabby treatment he received at the hands of incompetent or avaricious bosses, and refreshingly up front about his bitter break with the two key illustrators who worked with him, Jack Kirby and Spider-Man artist Steve Ditko. The tone of voice here will be very familiar to those raised on Marvel Comics: it’s a good-natured, winningly self-critical, utterly riveting read, and an essential curtain raiser for the Spider-Man movie.--Barry Forshaw -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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This long-awaited autobiography of an icon of the comic world coincides with the release of the spring's most eagerly anticipated blockbuster, Spider-Man. Stan Lee is the Marvel Comics supremo who created Spider-Man, X-Men and The Incredible Hulk. This fascinating memoir traces Lee's life from growing up in a modest New York Jewish family, and his first job as a gofer at Timely Comics. He was made creative director, enlisted when the war broke out, and was one of only eight US Army playwrights alongside such luminaries as Frank Capra. Lee went back to comics after the war as the creative force behind Marvel, selling over two billion comics the world over. Packed with previously unseen photos and artwork from Lee's personal archive, this will be essential reading for students of popular culture. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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The creator of Marvel Comics describes his youth in the Bronx, his early years publishing comic books during World War II, and his creation of such legendary superheroes as the X-Men, Spider Man, the Incredible Hulk, and other popular icons.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

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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Introduction

Stan's Soapbox

How did it happen?

How did I get into this? Me, a guy who's almost always written fantasy, suddenly having to deal with facts-the facts of my life.

Although, come to think of it, those facts themselves are pretty fantastic. If I hadn't lived the whole thing I might not even believe it. And, if you wanna talk about irony -- !

During those strange, struggling, early years, I wallowed in embarrassment because I was a mere comicbook writer. And now, because of those same humble comicbooks, here I am the featured star of a real, grown-up book, the hero of my own life story.

There's probably a moral hidden there. Feel free to search for it as we roll along.

To tell the truth, I can't wait to read the pages that follow. Since so much of the past has managed to homogenize in the plotcluttered recesses of my mind, it's a chance to rediscover little truths about my own inscrutable self and the titanically talented people I've worked with.

It'll also be a kick revisiting the weird and wonderful world of comics, a world inhabited by some of the most gifted artists and storytellers of our time, unsung geniuses who are only now beginning to receive the fame and respect that is so long overdue them.

In fact, as I write these hopefully imperishable words, virtually every major movie and TV studio is busily producing highconcept features based on, or inspired by, comicbook superheroes. Yep, our once-lowly costumed cavorters are now a mother lode of entertainment in today's quest for ever more thrills and excitement.

And so, thanks to Hollywood's burgeoning love affair with fantasy and special effects, I and the creations I've lived with lo these many years have suddenly become -- way cool!

But first, a word about how this unorthodox book about MY unorthodox life came to be.

My passionately persuasive literary agent, Susan Crawford, assured me that the entire reading public was panting for me to write my autobiography. (Yeah, right!) I told her I couldn't do it for two reasons. One, I'd never have time to do all the necessary research or to fine-tune a document chronicling seven long decades of memories, mirth, and misadventures. Two, I'd feel diffident about personally enumerating all my wonderful and endearing qualities; at the very least it could sound a mite immodest. Therefore, in one of the typical flashes of inspiration for which I'm so justly famous, I suggested that someone else simply write it as a biography, so the plaudits and accolades would not be attributed to my own unassuming self.

But Susan, with bulldog tenacity belying her cherubic features, said that my old friends at Simon & Schuster wanted it to have the flavor of my own style of writing (masochists that they were) and not some biographer's. Finally, when it seemed we were at an impasse, that most erudite editor, magisterial Matt Walker, got into the act. With the wisdom of Solomon-and the persistence of a piranha-he suggested it be a new type of biography, a "bio-autography," if you will. He and Susan twisted the arm of George Mair, biographer par excellence and all around swell guy, to collaborate on the book with me. George would diligently do the research, organize the factual material, and write the flattering portions of the book (which I hoped would be the major part, of course), while I would kibitz throughout the tome by adding items of philosophical profundity and inane inconsequence whenever you least expect it.

So what you now behold with breathless anticipation is the world's first bioautography. Hell, you wouldn't expect anything less from me, would you?

Okay, now that that's out of the way, I'd better start wrapping this up so that George can do his thing. And what better way to do that than by telling you these seventy-plus years have been a wild and wondrous ride for me. I want you to have as much fun reading about them as I had living them. In fact, it'll be even easier for you. You can share all the funky, frivolous, far-out foibles without having to write a page of dialogue or draw a single picture yourself.

But, before I turn you loose so you can get to the good stuff, here are a couple of sentences I wrote some years ago to describe my feelings about what Marvel Comics represents. The entire passage is actually longer than this, but I fear if I give you the whole thing, there won't be a dry eye left in the place.

Marvel is a cornucopia of fantasy, a wild idea, a swashbuckling attitude, an escape from the humdrum and prosaic. It's a serendipitous feast for the mind, the eye, and the imagination, a literate celebration of unbridled-creativity, coupled with a touch of rebellion and an insolent desire to spit in the eye of the dragon.

There you have it, my take on Marvel and the fantasy genre in general, and perhaps my own philosophy in particular. If those words strike a chord with you, read on. If they don't, I'd rather not know.

So let's not waste another minute. My whole life is on the pages ahead, awaiting your validation. I hope you don't mind company while you read, 'cause I'll be right there with you all the way.

Excelsior!

Copyright © 2002 by Stan Lee and George Mair
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