Tales to Astonish As comics' longtime cultural ambassador, former Marvel honcho Stan Lee is familiar to many. The astonishing part of journalist Ro's tale is that the late… 2004-07-02 Nonfiction
Book Review

Tales To Astonish (2004)

Details Release Date: Jul 02, 2004; Writer: Ronin Ro; Genre: Nonfiction

As comics' longtime cultural ambassador, former Marvel honcho Stan Lee is familiar to many. The astonishing part of journalist Ro's tale is that the late artist Jack Kirby, who in the '60s created the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, and numerous other characters with Lee, is not only unknown to the mainstream, but often was the doormat of a work-for-hire industry he helped define like no other artist. Though relatively light on analysis of Kirby's muscular style and why it was so influential, the book compellingly depicts the codependent relationship between the charismatic Lee and the rough-edged Kirby, as well as Kirby's retirement-age struggles to get a fairer return on work that netted his employers millions. The story packs as much pathos as any of the duo's signature supersagas.

Originally posted Jul 16, 2004 Published in issue #774 Jul 16, 2004 Order article reprints
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