Review: Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe

By | October 14th, 2012|Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels, Entertainment, Historical, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |6 Comments


Reviewed by Marcus Hammond

It’s fairly safe to say that at some point we’ve all come across a Marvel superhero in our weekly meanderings through pop culture. Whether it be through Marvel’s movies, clothing, toys, or comic books, it’s hard not to take notice of the company’s influence. It is the company’s tumultuous past that Sean Howe details in his book Marvel Comics: The Untold Story. Howe approaches this task by constructing a dense, chronological narrative that is peppered with various insider perspectives.

The general narrative of the book is nothing unique. Howe recounts Marvel’s beginnings at the hands of magazine publisher, Martin Goodman and works through to the acquisition of Marvel by the Walt Disney Company in 2009. Howe invests a lot of detail in the way he describes events like Jack Kirby leaving the company in 1970, Stan Lee’s charismatic and