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Everyone knows Stan Lee: His work at the creative helm of Marvel Comics resulted in the creation of many of the superheroes we know and love today, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and more. During his decades-long career at Marvel, Lee turned the comic book publisher into a cultural juggernaut that shaped and defined the burgeoning industry.
In I Am Stan, critically acclaimed artist Tom Scioli reveals the man behind the comics and cameos using the same medium Stan Lee revolutionized. This stunning graphic novel takes readers from his early days in the comics industry through his rise at Marvel (then Timely Comics), where his career was touched by other iconic creatives including Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. Their collaboration would lead to the creation of the most iconic superheroes of today, and bring about the Marvel Age of the 60’s and 70’s that introduced new industry stars like Steve Ditko, and John Buscema. Readers will follow Lee’s trajectory from his daily life at Marvel to his later years as a spokesperson for the company and for comics as a whole, and finally to his last years away from the spotlight. Scioli provides a clear-eyed view of Lee's triumphs at Marvel as well as the controversies that surrounded the creator at the end of his life.
Told in Scioli's inimitable, vividly cinematic illustration style, I Am Stan reveals Stan Lee's life through the medium he knew best and reveals the inner workings of the legendary creator.
Told in vivid graphic novel form by a groundbreaking Eisner-nominated comics creator, the long-overdue biography of the legend who co-created Captain America, Iron Man, Black Panther, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and many more superhero favorites.
“A fast-paced celebration of an underheralded legend within the comic-book industry.”—Kirkus Reviews
This sweeping, full-color comic book biography tells the complete life story of Jack Kirby, co-creator of some of the most enduring superheroes and villains of the twentieth century for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and more. Critically acclaimed graphic novelist Tom Scioli breathes visual life into Kirby's life story--from his days growing up in New York during the Great Depression and discovering a love for science fiction and cartoons to his time on the frontlines in the European theatre of World War II where he experienced the type of action and adventure he'd later imbue his comic pages with, and on to his world-changing collaborations at Marvel with Stan Lee, where the pair redefined comics as a part of pop culture.
Just as every great superhero needs a villain to overcome, Kirby's story also includes his struggles to receive the recognition and compensation that he believed his work deserved. Scioli captures his moves from Marvel to DC and back again, showing how Kirby himself and later his family fought to preserve his artistic legacy.
Drawn from an unparalleled imagination and a life as exciting as his comic book tales, Kirby's super-creations have influenced subsequent generations of creatives in the comics field and beyond. Now, readers can experience the life and times of a comics titan through the medium that made him famous.
And now the Dark Horse Comics library of EC classics returns with EC Archives: Weird Fantasy Volume 2, now in a value-priced paperback edition featuring the work of comics legends Al Feldstein, William Gaines, Wally Wood, Jack Kamen, Joe Orlando and more. This volume collects Weird Fantasy issues #7–#12 with remastered digital color based on Marie Severin’s original tones. Foreword by rock superstar Gene Simmons of KISS!
Wolverine reunites with his old Weapon X teammates, including the savage Sabretooth! But an investigation into their manipulated memories will have unexpected, and tragic, results. When a hallucinating Logan revives a Soviet mission from decades ago, can the X-Men bring him back to his senses? Wolverine takes on Sauron and the Sentinels - and crosses paths with Typhoid Mary, Venom, the Punisher and more - while the shocking connection between Sabretooth and Mystique is revealed! But when the X-Men battle Magneto in their ultimate showdown, the Master of Magnetism crosses a horrifying line - and Wolverine may never be the same again! Collecting WOLVERINE (1988) #60-75, WOLVERINE: INNER FURY, WOLVERINE: KILLING, WOLVERINE: GLOBAL JEOPARDY, WOLVERINE AND THE PUNISHER: DAMAGING EVIDENCE #1-3, SABRETOOTH (1993) #1-4, SPIDER-MAN/PUNISHER/SABRETOOTH: DESIGNER GENES, X-MEN (1991) #25, and material from MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS (1988) #109-142 and MARVEL HOLIDAY SPECIAL #2.