Excelsior! Danny Fingeroth, longtime writer and editor at Marvel Comics who worked with Stan Lee for over four decades, presents A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee—the definitive biography of the beloved (and often controversial) co-creator of legendary superheroes and the powerhouse behind the pop culture phenomenon known as the Marvel Universe.
Stan Lee was the most famous American comic book creator who ever lived. With creative partners including Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, Lee created world-famous characters including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X–Men, the Avengers, and the Hulk. Even after his 2018 death, Stan Lee remains the voice and face of comics, popular culture, and Marvel Comics. How he did it?and what it cost him?is a story that has never been fully told?until now.
Stan Lee’s career was haunted by conflict and controversy. Was he the most innovative creator to ever do comics? Was he a lucky no-talent whose only skill was taking credit for others’ work? Or was he something else altogether?
Danny Fingeroth’s A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee stems from exclusive interviews with Lee himself, as well as colleagues, relatives, friends?and detractors. Fingeroth makes a remarkable case for Lee’s achievements, while not ignoring the controversies that dogged him his entire life?and even past his death. With unique access to Lee’s personal archives at the University of Wyoming, Fingeroth explores never-before-examined aspects of Lee’s life and career, and digs under the surface of what people thought they knew about him.