Review: Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvellous Memoir


Title: Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir
Author: Stan Lee, Peter David, Colleen Doran
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Touchstone
Source: Purchased
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

In this gorgeously illustrated, full-color graphic memoir, Stan Lee—comic book legend and cocreator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, the Incredible Hulk, and a legion of other Marvel superheroes—shares his iconic legacy and the story of how modern comics came to be.

Stan Lee is a man who needs no introduction. The most legendary name in the history of comic books, he has been the leading creative force behind Marvel Comics, and has brought to life—and into the mainstream—some of the world’s best-known heroes and most infamous villains throughout his career. His stories—filled with superheroes struggling with personal hang-ups and bad guys who possessed previously unseen psychological complexity—added wit and subtlety to a field previously locked into flat portrayals of good vs. evil. Lee put the human in superhuman and in doing so, created a new mythology for the twentieth century.

In this beautifully illustrated graphic memoir—illustrated by celebrated artist Colleen Doran—Lee tells the story of his life with the same inimitable wit, energy, and offbeat spirit that he brought to the world of comics. Moving from his impoverished childhood in Manhattan to his early days writing comics, through his military training films during World War II and the rise of the Marvel empire in the 1960s to the current resurgence in movies, Amazing Fantastic Incredible documents the life of a man and the legacy of an industry and career.

This funny, moving, and incredibly honest memoir is a must-have for collectors and fans of comic books and graphic novels of every age.


Stan Lee has had a fascinating life. He has gone from writing comics for WWII to making cameo appearances in his own movies. His stories are timeless. They are still relevant decades after he created them.

This book is great for all kinds of fans. It doesn’t only tell the story about his comics. He also details the comic publishing industry in the mid-20th century. He has become a celebrity on his own too, so he also talks about being starstruck when meeting other celebrities. Stan Lee has the unique position of being very successful in publishing and writing, and transitioning into mainstream pop culture. His characters are some of he most recognizable characters in the world.

This really is an Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible memoir! I recommend it to all comic fans and anyone looking for a fascinating read!

Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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