The Red Bulletin September 2019 (UK)

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Lee as a security guard in Captain

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THE STAN LEE

STORY

Hero

worship

If you’re writing a book

about one of the world’s

most gifted comic

creators, there’s only

one person good

enough to introduce it…

Stan ‘The Man’ Lee in Marvel’s Manhattan offices, 1968

“If you’re able to lift this book,

then you truly belong in our

wondrous world of superheroes.”

So says Stanley Martin Lieber,

aka Stan Lee, Marvel’s legendary

writer, editor-in-chief and star

cameo performer in its

Cinematic Universe films. That

he’s penned it in a foreword to

a book that posthumously

celebrates his own magnificence

tells you everything you need

to know about the incredible,

uncanny, amazing showmanship

of one of 20th-century pop

culture’s greatest bards.

At 624 pages, Taschen’s The

Stan Lee Story is a mammoth

tome (with an equally massive

£1,750 price tag), but is still

The illustrated man: Lee in cartoon

form as the comic fans’ hero

barely able to contain the life and

career of a man who managed

to go from junior editor (refilling

the inkwells of the artists and

fetching their lunch at the age

of 17) to publisher of the entire

Marvel Comics Universe – all

while co-creating beloved

characters such as Spider-Man,

Hulk and Black Panther.

Lee reimagined the comicbook

medium, both in how they

were made (developing the

Marvel Method – a collaborative

storyboarding technique

between writer and artist that

allowed comics to be created

ever quicker) and how they

were perceived by the world.

Breathing fun and wit into his

stories and prose, Lee conceived

of heroes who were more than

just strength and brawn; here

were fully imagined individuals

with everyday problems and

flaws – ones that readers could

readily identify with.

The story of the Marvel

Universe is, in many ways, the

story of Stan Lee, so it stands

to reason that perhaps no one

could better explain it than the

man who wrote the origin stories

for more than 200 comic

characters: Stan the Man himself.

“It’s a cornucopia of fantasy,

a wild idea, a swashbuckling

attitude, an escape from the

humdrum and prosaic,” Lee once

said of his masterwork. “It’s a

serendipitous feast for the mind,

the eye and the imagination;

a literate celebration of unbridled

creativity, coupled with a touch

of rebellion and an insolent desire

to spit in the eye of the dragon.”

Lee may have passed away

last November at the age of 95,

but his stories and legacy will

endure. After all, as all True

Believers know, the best is

yet to come!

taschen.com

TM & © 2018 MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT, LLC, TASCHEN LOU BOYD

20 THE RED BULLETIN

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