I am a self proclaimed superhero junkie. For years my sons and I have stood in line at the midnight premiers of superhero films to ensure that we would be the first in our region to see a new superhero movie. So, when I heard that Sean Howe was writing the definitive history on all things Marvel, I had to request an advance copy.
It takes someone like Sean Howe, a brilliant entertainment critic and former editor of Entertainment Weekly Magazine, with a love of all things Marvel to appreciate the history that is Marvel Comics.In Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, Howe takes the reader on a historical journey to a day and age when the world was desperately seeking superheroes, but didn’t necessarily realize it was something that they needed.Howe handles the history of Marvel Comics with a care that is normally reserved for more weighty historical topics, and in doing so helps the reader understand the sociological factors that became the fertile soil in which Marvel became such a cultural phenomenon.I absolutely loved this book. It was a historical journey worth taking, surprising me with delightful and sometimes heartbreaking stories . . . kind of like a comic book.Well done, Sean Howe! Bravo.
I received this book for free from Harper Collins Publishers for this review.