The new book Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book, co-written by Jordan Raphael and Tom Spurgeon, is now available at retailers. The book traces the life and career of the famed Marvel Comics writer and editor best known as the co-creator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and dozens of other heroes and villains.
Wrapped around Lee’s life story is a meaty history of comic books in America, and a thorough examination of Lee’s role in the medium’s evolution from kiddie lit to adult legit. A reviewer for The Miami Herald recently praised the book as “an earnest, well-researched portrait of Marvel’s mostly beloved living icon,” and called it “an absorbing portrait of a man and an industry.”
A grad of Montreal’s McGill University, Raphael completed an internship at The Comics Journal in Seattle, eventually moving up to become a news writer and assistant editor with the magazine. Since then, he has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Globe and Mail, Inside.com and several other publications.
Spurgeon is one of North America’s best-known experts on the comic strip and comic book art forms and the industries that service them. The son of a newspaperman in East Central Indiana, Tom and his brothers helped their father select new strips for the paper’s comic-book page. As a result, The Muncie Star-Press became one of the first publications to carry Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side. In 1994 he took the position of managing editor at The Comics Journal in Seattle, Washington, later moving up to to the post of exec. editor. In 1999, He left the magazine to become a freelancer. He remains a columnist, reviewer and occasional newsman for the publication. From 1999 to 2002, he wrote the critically lauded newspaper comic strip Wildwood, which enjoyed a daily presence in more than 18 million homes.
Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book is currently available at book stores in the U.S. and Canada, including Barnes & Noble, Chapters and Waldenbooks, and through Amazon at www.amazon.com. To learn more about the book and read a sample chapter, visit www.stanleebook.com.
In a bit of related news, Stan Lee will be appearing in Vancouver for a very rare and in-depth discussion at the 18th Annual Film & Television Trade Forum, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept 24 in UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver. Lee will be there from 4;00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. To register, call (604) 685-3547. Tickets sell for $25.