REVIEW Ð The Secret History of Marvel Comics

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REVIEW Ð The Secret History of Marvel Comics ☆ Marvel Comics — home to virtuous heroes like Spider Man Iron Man Thor Captain America and The Avengers — has a hidden sordid past stretching back to long before the first Marvel Comic rolled off the pressesAuthors Blake Bell and Dr Michael J Vassallo pull back the curtain on the real lA treasure trove of lost artwork by comic book legends Jack Kirby Joe Simon Bill Everett Carl Burgos Alex Schomburg and dozens none of this art ever appeared in any comic bookIncludes early writings by Stan Lee plus a rare Human Torch escapade published here in color for the first tim. This is essential for lovers of periodicals and pop culture This is less about Stan Lee and about Martin Goodman the owner of Marvel and Magazine Management Marvel Comics was born from the heap of Pulp imitation magazines unemployed artist frustrated company men and a crash of regulated distribution This is the storyBasically he learned about the magazine business alongside the co founders of DC Comics and Louis Silberkleit of Archie Comics while working at Eastern Distributing Corp One of the clients that he served indirectly was Hugo Gernsback of the “Amazing Stories” and the Hugo Awards He learned about creating shell games between multiple publishing companies and titles He could move money and assists to file and avoid bankruptcy Pulp series would be published as Red Circle Magazine Shudder Pulps Ranger Publishing Westerns such as imitations of the Lone Ranger and Western Publishing Comic books had several publishers such Timely Marvis and Marvel Comic a short live stint before Marvel Comics Group He also had book divisions such as Lion books In short He had lots of title and publishers He learned how to push volume in an area that was dependent on uality and name brand recognition like TIME or “The Saturday Evening Post” Comics were just one division of his empire From his Pulps he learned how to chase trends and also rip off artists and employees It’s customary almost to a fault to blame Stan Lee for some of the troubles that have fallen on some ex employees at Marvel; The most popular ones being Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko Yet that’s not really accurate Much of the business vs intellectual property arguments stem from the business practice of Martin Goodman That’s what the book is about This is not a re telling of the Mark Mine Marvel days of 1960sThe book also features an inventory of other artists who worked for Goodman from the1930s 1960 Within the pages you will find Pulp art of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby Included are Alex Shomberg the Jack Kirby of Pulp Magazines Bill Everett The Sub Marinier Joe Maneely Russ Heath and Carlos Burgos The Human Torch and Dan Archie DeCarlo Some of the pulps characters that exist to this day are Ka Zar Like Tarzan only similar The Angel in name only anyways and The Masked RaiderRider The looks of the latter dressed in all black being a Lone Ranger Rip Off was actually appropriated for the 2013 Disney version of THE LONE RANGER; Imagine Bat Man dressed as Moon Knight There are stories and art pertaining to Stan Lee’s attempt to give Esuire Playboy and MAD Magazine and run for their money with title like Stag Snafu and Swank Yes that Swank albeit in a slightly accessible format Only to see that work brushed aside for Goodman’s knack for shuffling titles and talent to the next limited title to grab the attention of a spectator at a newsstand One could surmise that Goodman created the Comic Book mini series The 1960s Marvel Way was formed and born as much out of frustration and it was a burst of creativity I suspect that Stan Lee wanted to be the Hugh Hefner of Humor Much like the people behind AIP or New World Pictures you’ll appreciate Goodman’s flying by the seat of his pants approach to grab people’s attention You’ll also be disappointed at how he treated his employees He seemed to like Lee and Bill Everett His tense relationship with Simon and Kirby was tick for tack but also understandable from both sides How he treated Carlos Burgos was just downright mean Even his son Chip is a human punching bag Basically Goodman never really understood the value of his own company Some people paid for that by not getting paid One could say that a couple of employees actually died from it Less information is given to the writers like Mickey Spillane Patricia Highsmith Not mentioned Alan Le May and possibly Richard Matheson Actually it can be hard to tell if someone actually worked for Goodman because there was plenty of sub contracting farming out of talent as well as “on staff” and “freelancers” To compound it all some of the publications could be sold off to other companies like Lion Books Only criticisms are that the subject makes for some difficult reading trying to keep track of the various publications and how Goodman rose from the ranks That’s not really the fault of the writers; it’s just the nature of the beast Reader who are familiar with Black Mask and Amazing Stories will have an easier times acclimating the exploits I’m surprised that is as accessible as it is considering I appreciate the details and the footnotes In Goodman’s defense there should have been least another paragraph on his latter day comic book company Atlas Comics After selling off Marvel Comics and everything related to it He started a new Comic Book company that paid better rates ownership and royalties He even went as far as to hire some former adversaries like Steve Ditko Russ Heath and Wally Wood Alas that company didn’t last long despite the advantage for the artists That was a fate that would fall upon First Comics Eclipse and Pacific Comics However today we have Dark Horse IDW and Image It took a while for companies to figure how to make that approach work Nowadays Comics Books are commodities not just volume to move around It is a Book about the American Dream What is it You will find it as something Good Big and Boldand Ugly and Desperate and Dirty It’s also Astonishing Uncanny Mysterious and a Marvel to behold

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Marvel Comics home to virtuous heroes like Spider Man Iron Man Thor Captain America and The Avengers has a hidden sordid past stretching back to long before the first Marvel Comic rolled off the pressesAuthors Blake Bell and Dr Michael J Vassallo pull back the curtain on the real lif. Blake Bell and Dr Michael Vassallo's exhaustively researched and meticulously compiled record of the transition between Martin Goodman's publishing of pulp magazines and what were for all intents and purposes the earliest Marvel comics makes for fascinating reading and is an important documentFor those like me interested in the history of 20th century magazine publishing pulp magazines and the earliest comic books The Secret History of Marvel Comics is pure gold It details the complex and convoluted relationships between the earliest publishers of what became DC Comics Archie Comics and Marvel and breaks down Goodman's cynical but effective business strategies publishing books and magazines of all stripes of which comics were only a partGoodman's lack of interest bordering on contempt of most of his creative teams had echoes which still reverberate today such as in the Jack Kirby heir's recent legal battle with Disney over Kirby's creations for Marvel Half the book is given over to illustrations drawn by Goodman's employees for his pulp magazines including much work by Kirby Joe Simon Alex Schomburg Bill Everett Syd Shores and many A few anecdotes and facts are given too many times and I wish the book had given information on Goodman's later days especially his involvement in the '70s Atlas comics I understand that given the title of the book that was probably out of the scope of the project And yet how many books are written about Martin Goodman This would have been a perfect opportunity for that

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The Secret History of Marvel ComicsE characters who built the publishing empire that became Marvel Comics document their shady practices and reveal how it all shaped the Marvel we know todayLavishly illustrated and wildly revealing The Secret History of Marvel Comics discredits long held myths about Marvel and bursts open. Heavily detailed on the business end and essentially none of the illustrations are of Marvel's popular characters they all come from the pulps and the assorted westerndetectiveromance mags