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I couldn't have enjoyed this more... I collected comics for many years from the late '60's until the mid-90's when the blatant commercialism of multiple foil covers for the same book and horrible new art style (Yes, I mean you Liefeld) finally drove me away.
I was therefore already very familiar with all the names and events described herein, but having never read the fanzines or trade mags, was quite unfamiliar with the behind-the-scenes stories of WHY certain things happened the way they did.
This book covers that in a comprehensive and interesting way. It begins with the formation of the company in the early 1930's and progresses chronologically with the bulk of the narrative focusing on the 60's-80's. Narrator does a great job, and is very easy to listen to.
Some of the questions I received answers to are:
Why did Captain America, Iron Man and Sub-Mariner suddenly all get solo titles in 1968?
Whose dumb idea was it to give Spider-Man a "Spider-Mobile" in the 70's? and
Why was Secret Wars such a terribly written story?
I lost a night of sleep because I couldn't stop listening to this book. If you've read Marvel comics, I give this my highest recommendation. If you haven't, I can see how it might be too esoteric for the uninitiated.
Forgive me for editorializing, but it's absolutely criminal what was done to Jack Kirby.
16 of 17 people found this review helpful
If you have an interest in the Comic Book industry or Marvel in particular then this is a book I highly recommend. This book is well written and unbelievably well paced for a business/creative history. It is a consistently good read for the full 18 hours.
• The book evenly presents the history of marvel, so if you are strictly, only really interested in one or two particular periods then you may find yourself skipping chapters, but even so, it's still a solid pick up
• This book is not about the purchase by Disney, although you do get a solid understanding of previous ownership changes
• There is little or no Celebrity Gossip from the sets of the films
• If the book has a theme, it's the question of creative ownership and how it has been dealt with by countless people from Jack and Stan to Steve Gerber and Rob Liefeld.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Where does Marvel Comics rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
over all this is a great story about marvel
What other book might you compare Marvel Comics to, and why?
good to hear just one side after hearing slug fest
How did the narrator detract from the book?
the narrator was very monotone made listening to the audiobook a struggle
I find really good histories of companies or historical figures have a thread and one story links well in to another. This was missing in this and so it just because a series of events which have little bearing on each other. I just drifted through most of the book. It had its moments but not enough to hold my interest unfortunately.