MARVEL COMICS BOOK RELEASE PARTY IN NEW YORK CITY, WITH SPECIAL GUEST CHUCK KLOSTERMAN: OCTOBER 9!
Marvel Comics: The Untold Story is finally hitting shelves on Tuesday, October 9. It’s the result of years of hard work, and I’m proud to say that the early reception has been very encouraging. (See below!)
I’m confident that the behind-the-scenes story of Marvel Comics is one of great relevance to anyone—comics reader or not—who’s interested in the ways that art and commerce interact. To prove it, I’ll be celebrating the book’s release with an onstage conversation with the stubbornly casual comics reader Chuck Klosterman, at the PowerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn, on Tuesday, October 9, at 7 p.m.
I’d love to see you there.
(And please help me get the word out! Here’s the Facebook event page!)
“Sean Howe’s history of Marvel makes a compulsively readable, riotous and heartbreaking version of my favorite story, that of how a bunch of weirdos changed the world. That it’s all true is just frosting on the cake.”
— Jonathan Lethem
“A warts-and-all, nail-biting mini-epic about the low-paid, unsung ‘funnybook men’ who were unwittingly creating twenty-first century pop culture. If you thought the fisticuffs were bare and bloody on the four-color page, wait ‘til you hear about what went down in the Marvel bullpen.”
— Patton Oswalt
“Exhaustively researched and artfully assembled, Marvel Comics is a historical exploration, a labor of love, and a living illustration of how the weirdest corners of the counterculture can sometimes become the culture-at-large.”
— Chuck Klosterman
“Page after page, Sean Howe’s Marvel Comics manages to be enchantingly told, emotionally suspenseful and totally revelatory. If I knew more about superpowers, I’d be able to explain how he did it.”
— Sloane Crosley
“Sean Howe is to Marvel Comics what Procopius was to the Byzantine Empire: a court gossip of breathtaking thoroughness and exactitude, and a sly and nuanced writer. It is imperative that this work not fall into the hands of alien species, or we’re done for.”
— Luc Sante
“A jittery, hilarious, anecdotal, and exhaustive history of the company…. If you’re a comics fan, this is essential reading. If you’re not, then it’s merely fascinating. Howe has written a biographical history of modern America’s id.”
“Scintillating…Howe pens a colorful panorama…an indelible portrait.”
— Publishers Weekly
“An impeccably researched, authoritative history…nuanced and engrossing.”
— Kirkus Reviews