A memoir in graphic novel form? Say it isn’t so!
Stan Lee, creator of a vast universe of superheroes (The Avengers, Fantastic Four, The Punisher, and Spider-Man to name just a few), recently released a memoir of his journey to becoming an icon in the world of comic books, entitled Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir. Early in his adolescent years, Lee could always be found with a book close within reach, reading anything he could wrap his hands around. Lee was greatly influenced by classic characters found in pulp literature (such as Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ Tarzan), as well as Shakespeare’s works of drama and poetry. These literary influences were combined with images of what a human could become to produce his intriguing, well-rounded characters for Marvel Comics.
While much of the book is devoted to his character development of the superheroes and villains, there is also a more serious side that details Lee’s time in the military. One of his first duties was as a graphic artist for a campaign on sexual abstinence. He also developed materials focusing on how American troops should act in other countries.
Readers also learn about how Lee came to do hysterical cameos in recent Marvel movies. One such example from the recent Avengers: The Age of Ultron shows him sitting around a table with the characters discussing stories over a few beverages. Lee is as proud of his appearances as all the work he has done over the years.
Lee presents his memoir to readers as if one were to meet him at a Fandom Fest or Comic Con. Read Amazing Fantastic Incredible and meet the man behind the worlds of some of your comic and film characters. Hard work, dedication to his craft, and a roller coaster ride of events in his life have formed Stan the Man, a man who has brought joy to millions around the world.
Lee also dedicates portions of his memoir to staff editors, writers, and artists who have contributed to his career.
For the reader who may traditionally prefer reading graphic novels, this selection will possibly open other opportunities to read similar autobiographical texts. A brief list of works available through the library can be found below.
- Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
- March: Book One by John Lewis
- March: Book Two by: John Lewis
- Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Allison Bechdel
- Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
Formats Available: Book, Audiobook, eBook
Reviewed by Micah, Shawnee Branch