Excelsior!: The Amazing Life of Stan Lee
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Excelsior!: The Amazing Life of Stan Lee

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The man behind Spider-Man, The X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, and a legion of other superheroes tells his own amazing story in a book packed with punch, humor, anecdotes, and a gallery of never-before-seen photographs. Stan Lee is the most legendary name in the history of comicbooks. The leading creative force behind the rise of Marvel Comics, he brought to life some of the w...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 28th 2002 by Fireside (first published 2002)
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Kris Ashton
When I think about my influences as a writer/journalist, the names that come to mind include Stephen King, John O'Grady, James Herriot, John Wyndham and Hunter S. Thompson. But about halfway through Excelsior!, I realised there was another man who shaped the way I wrote - and the course I took in life - as much as any of those aforementioned. His name was Stan Lee, and Excelsior! is his autobiography (or "bio-autography" as he calls it, which we'll get to in due course).

One of my earliest memori...more
Bryan Schuessler
A very arrogant and self-serving account of most of the glory of Stan Lee's life, barely touching upon any of the negative portions and "downside" that one who lives a long life generally has come one's way. The portions involving Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko were extremely biased and one-sided (based on other books I have read on the subject matter) and reading the rinky-dink book co-authored with another writer (which in Stan Lee's mind means he gets all the credit, fame, glory, and most importa...more
Imogen Worrall
Brilliant book and also very funny
Mike Thomas
This is a very interesting book, well written, Stan writes as he speaks, making it very funny and always entertaining. Its great to see the evolution of Marvel comics, from Timely comics during the Second World War, then Atlas comics soon after the war, then Marvel from the 60's to present. Stan created some of the worlds best known, ( and greatest ) superheroes, like the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Thor, the Hulk, Iron Man, the Avengers, Dr Strange, just to name a few, he gives an insight into...more
Patrick
Written with the same corny humor and hyperbolic style as he used to do "Stan's Soapbox" in the old comics, Lee's autobiography is a fun look at his poor youth in New York, his time in the army writing training manuals for things he'd never done, working as a go-for at the publishing company that would become Marvel, becoming the "editor by default," and then the golden age of comics and everything after.

The best parts are the middle chapters dealing with the inspirations/origins for all the cha...more
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Stan Lee was the creator of Spider-Man, The x-Men and incredible Hulk. This book was an incredible read, i's funny and light and full of good humour and just made me feel happy in a sort of hyperrealist way, like a breadth of fresh air. Life is so boring and serious, it is nice to read something cheerfully positive once and a while. It is great for adults as well as teenagers, it has a very accessible language. I particularly like the chapter where he introduces his wife. I have been reading a l...more
Elizabeth
Stan Lee calls this his bio-autography. Not an autobiography, because he got George Mair to write it with him - he didn't want to write it all by himself. So Mair writers a paragraph or two of intro in each section, and Stan Lee continues with voluble memories, anecdotes, humour and reflections on the various facets of his life - his work, his family, his thoughts on writing, on comics and movies, and on those he has known.

Stan Lee is so much himself - writing in his own inimitable style that w...more
Lisa Kuhn
Grandpa Stan. What a great guy, and just as fun as I thought. I would love so much to meet this living legend. It was really cool learning about the history of Marvel. If you like anything Marvel, read this book.
Mike Jensen
Stan Lee’s autobiography, which wisely concentrates on his career, is immense fun. It is hampered, however, by Lee’s notoriously bad memory. There is so much his fans want to know that he could not include. Another flaw is how self-serving it is. His well-known feuds with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko are barely mentioned, but Lee still takes most of the credit for the creation of Marvel’s characters and for its success. This is not to say he is lying, exactly. I do not know if he is or if it is a...more
Rylan Perrott
Loved the book couldn't put it down. Stan writes as he speaks I felt like I was sitting with Stan and he was telling me his amazing life story. As a huge marvel fan I loved finding out the back story of how it all began and the behinds the scenes

Great stuff! What a Legend.
Basoz
guys how do I read it?
Rob
I love Stan, but this really is a popcorn biography that sweeps over the turmoil and tension between him and the artists with whom he collaborated, as I'm sure Steve Ditko & Jack Kirby would have a thing or three to say about that. Excelsior is still chock full of good stories and reminiscing. Stan has lived the life that any of us fanboys would love to call our own.
Patrick Nichol
This is Stan The Man's terrific tale of his fantastic life at Marvel Comics.

They're all here in this punchy memoir - Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, John Romita, Jr. and the mighty Marvel bullpen.

A must read for any comics fan, even if he only slightly addresses charges of being a credit-hog.
Luke
This book was informative funny and lots of fun. I have never learned more about my idole in one inning. This book would even be interesting for non comic book lovers
Frank Taranto
I enjoyed it because I am a big Stan Lee fan and enjoyed his view of how comics were produced and created.
Cheryl Turner
I loved it, Stan has a wonderful sense of humor and you can tell he loves his life!
Glenn Stephens
By far the best biography I've ever read! A legendary book to match the man himself
Carolyne Sweetie
I was a really good company throughout 3 long months... Halluva good time reading!
Dagomir Marquezi
Excelent book of creative memories by the creator of Spider Man and so many super-heroes.
Bill
Pretty much exactly what you're expecting from a Stan Lee autobiography.
Timothy Morrow
Excellent book of the life of one of my heroes......Funny too.
Toby Wilson
An interesting read, if you want to know about Stan Lee so badly.
Victor Anfu
This guy is a god. I will cry real tears when he leaves us.
Steve
Stan Lee is a fascinating individual.
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Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber) is an American writer, editor, creator of comic book superheroes, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.

With several artist co-creators, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Daredevil, the Silver Surfer, Dr. Strange, Captain America, and many other characters, int...more
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