Friday, 4 December 2015

Review: Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir by Stan Lee, Peter David, and Colleen Doran

Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir
by Stan Lee, Peter David, Colleen Doran
Publisher: Touchstone
Pages: 192
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: November 2015
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
In this gorgeously illustrated, full-color graphic memoir, Stan Lee—comic book legend and cocreator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, the Incredible Hulk, and a legion of other Marvel superheroes—shares his iconic legacy and the story of how modern comics came to be.

Stan Lee is a man who needs no introduction. The most legendary name in the history of comic books, he has been the leading creative force behind Marvel Comics, and has brought to life—and into the mainstream—some of the world’s best-known heroes and most infamous villains throughout his career. His stories—filled with superheroes struggling with personal hang-ups and bad guys who possessed previously unseen psychological complexity—added wit and subtlety to a field previously locked into flat portrayals of good vs. evil. Lee put the human in superhuman and in doing so, created a new mythology for the twentieth century.

In this beautifully illustrated graphic memoir—illustrated by celebrated artist Colleen Doran—Lee tells the story of his life with the same inimitable wit, energy, and offbeat spirit that he brought to the world of comics. Moving from his impoverished childhood in Manhattan to his early days writing comics, through his military training films during World War II and the rise of the Marvel empire in the 1960s to the current resurgence in movies, Amazing Fantastic Incredible documents the life of a man and the legacy of an industry and career.

This funny, moving, and incredibly honest memoir is a must-have for collectors and fans of comic books and graphic novels of every age.

As a fan of not only Stan Lee but also the countless Marvel superheroes and villains he's brought to life, I was beyond thrilled when I received a copy of his latest memoir - Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir. My Bookish Fairy Godmother from Simon & Schuster Canada knows me well. Comic books (and graphic novels) always win me over, and a memoir of the iconic Stan Lee in comic book format was an easy sell.

"I was born in the apartment that I first lived in. My father was Jack Lieber, my mother, Celia. He was a Romanian immigrant who came to the states when he was young, my mom was born in New York. Nine years later my kid brother, Larry, was born. We never really got a chance to know each other because by the time he was 5, I was 14 and playing with older kids."

In this hardcover rendition of Stan Lee's life from Peter David and Colleen Doran, fans are treated to a unique experience as they follow Stan Lee's life from childhood and onward with gorgeously illustrated graphics and an interesting perspective from Stan himself. Readers can expect to learn more about Stan's poverished childhood, struggles, his life in the military, and the rise of Marvel's empire. And in Stan's uniquely witty narrative, readers can expect to have a better insight to his earlier days writing comics, his thoughts on people he met, and even some rather epic encounters with stars and celebrities.

"I'd spend most of my time reading. I loved to read. And not just that, but my mother loved to watch me read. Or chew gum. Or breathe. "

Stan Lee's Amazing Fantastic Incredible read like an epic adventure with highs and lows that are sure to keep all readers engaged. Without a doubt, it's a memoir worth reading, especially for readers who are as hesitant as I was when it comes to autobiographies.

4 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. Wonderful review!

  2. Katherine Pinacho4 December 2015 at 11:04

    Didn't know about a comic book about Stan Lee - this sounds great!

  3. I was aware of a comic book about Stan Lee but didn't know it had been released
    Thanks for reviewing and sharing

  4. Amazing Fantastic Incredible has me interested. May just check it out!

  5. The concept for this memoir is actually pretty smart
    I mean he's worked on comic books his whole life and now he's got a new memoir AS a comic book
    That seems pretty cool to me to be honest