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New & notable: Stan Lee’s graphic memoir

Fanboys, rejoice.

Legendary Stan Lee, the creative and influential force behind Marvel Comics — and the X-Men, Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and more — decided this was the right time for a memoir. But it’s not just any run-of-the-mill autobiography. Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir is presented graphic-style, from his birth to the success of Marvel in the 1960s to present day, including acknowledging all his movie cameos.

“As Marvel just celebrated its 75th anniversary, I thought maybe it’s time for a look at my life in the one form it has never been depicted: as a comic book ... or if you prefer, a graphic memoir,” Lee says in press materials. He turns 93 on Dec. 23 and remains Marvel’s chairman emeritus.

“It strikes me as a horrendous oversight that I haven’t done it before. If I didn’t know everything about my life already, I’d envy your voyage of discovery.”

He recruited bestselling author and comic book veteran Peter David (Artful: A Novel) to co-write and comic book artist Colleen Doran (The Vampire Diaries digital comic) to create the linework. It’s 192 pages with four-color illustrations throughout.

Hulk happy!

Celeste Williams

Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir

  • By Stan Lee, Peter David and Colleen Doran
  • Touchstone, $30
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