The Untold Story
by Sean Howe
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Life, as depicted in the pages of Marvel Comics, is full of heroes and villains. Reading Sean Howe's new behind-the-scenes history of the venerable publishing house that brought you Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, and others, you begin to appreciate why. For although Marvel Comics: The Untold Story is a spirited account of a group of creative misfits taking on a staid industry giant, DC, and triumphing, it's also the familiar tale of management prevailing over labor, of the suits crushing the talent. It's the story, in other words, of how the villains won.
Founded in 1939 by Martin Goodman, a Brooklyn-born son of Russian immigrants, and initially called Timely Comics, Marvel began as just another imprint of a lowly pulp magazine startup. It wasn't until 1961, when Stan Lee and Jack Kirby revolutionized comics
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