The definitive biography of Marvel legend Stan Lee, now adapted for young readers.
Stan Lee’s extraordinary life was as epic as the superheroes he co-created, from the Amazing Spider-Man to the Mighty Avengers. His ideas and voice are at the heart of global culture, loved by millions of superhero fans around the world.
In this young adult edition of Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel, award-winning cultural historian Bob Batchelor offers an in-depth and complete look at this iconic visionary. Batchelor explores how Lee, born in the Roaring Twenties and growing up in the Great Depression, capitalized on natural talent and hard work to become the editor of Marvel Comics as a teenager. Lee went on to introduce the world to heroes that were complex, funny, and fallible, just like their creator and just like all of us.
Featuring amazingly detailed illustrations by artist Jason Piperberg, the young adult edition of Stan Lee also includes new details from Stan Lee’s life, like how he became a pioneer in crafting female and African-American superheroes and his crucial role in establishing one of the world’s most popular film franchises in history. Candid, authoritative, and absorbing, this is the biography of a man who revolutionized culture by creating new worlds and heroes that will entertain for generations to come.
Bob Batchelor is an award-winning cultural historian and biographer and author of more than a dozen books. His work has been featured in Time, the New York Times, Cincinnati Enquirer, LitHub, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. Batchelor has served as an on-air commentator for television and radio programs, including The National Geographic Channel, PBS NewsHour, the BBC, and NPR. His all-time favorite Marvel comic book series is What If? and his favorite MCU film is Avengers: Endgame. Batchelor lives in Cincinnati with his wife Suzette and their teenage daughters.
No public figure engaged with young fans more than Stan Lee. Bob Bachelor captures his amazin’ tale, ensuring that Stan the Man will continue to inspire, guide, and entertain for generation to come.”
Taking an evenhanded stance on the ugly squabbles that developed between Lee and artists like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko over who played just what roles in developing the foundational Marvel characters, he nonetheless perceptively argues that Lee’s distinctive voice was his greatest contribution because it created and, over decades, established a uniquely human, flawed superhero archetype.
When writing a definitive account of a figure that looms as large as any fictional superhero, such as Stan Lee, the chosen writer must know the subject beyond genial superlatives. … As a celebrated historian and author, Bob Batchelor expertly delves into the canvas of Stan Lee’s creations as well as the creator himself in a discourse that is matchless, an exemplary biography with heart that shares how Stan Lee helped to shape the comic book medium’s landscape as well as our contemporary understanding of the power of the individual.”
Batchelor’s young adult edition of Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel vividly depicts the verve of Stan ‘The Man’ as well as the popular culture of the eras in which he flourished. A great next-step bio for kids who grew up with the Meltzer and Eliopoulos ‘Ordinary People Change the World’ series
8/26/22, Cooper & Anthony Show: Bob Batchelor joined the show to talk about Stan Lee’s life.