Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

Oct 9, 2013

Today's Guests: Blake Bell and Michael Vassallo, co-authors, The Secret History of Marvel Comics.

 

 

Watch this exclusive Mr. Media interview with Blake Bell and Michael Vassallo by clicking on the video player above!

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of poorly compensated, rapidly disappearing World War II-era writers and artists hoping against hope that a court will decide on copyright claims in their favor before they—oops, too late … in the NEW new media capital of the world… St. Petersburg, Florida!

The Secret History of Marvel Comics: Jack Kirby and the Moonlighting Artists at Martin Goodman's Empire by Blake Bell and Michael Vassallo
Order The Secret History of Marvel Comics: Jack Kirby and the Moonlighting Artists at Martin Goodman's Empire by Blake Bell and Michael Vassallo, available from Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover above!

Everybody’s got their secrets. Why, in 1976, this one time, in band camp, I... You get the point. So why would it be that hard to imagine that a gigantic publishing house might have a few skeletons in its closet? That’s the allure of The Secret History of Marvel Comics, a big new book by Blake Bell, author of Fire & Water: Bill Everett, The Sub-Mariner & The Birth of Marvel Comics and Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko and Michael Vasallo, an expert on Marvel Comics from the 1930s to the 1950s.

MICHAEL VASSALLO podcast excerpt: "I think we ended up pioneering the (Marvel Comics founder) Martin Goodman history. Very little has been published, researched, and written about him. We had access to every comics history book ever written. What we found on Martin Goodman ended up being incorrect... Every single statement we make is sourced."
Fire and Water: Bill Everett, The Sub-Mariner, and the Birth of Marvel Comics by Blake Bell
Order Fire and Water: Bill Everett, The Sub-Mariner, and the Birth of Marvel Comics by Blake Bell, available right now at a great price by clicking on the book cover above!

Secret History delves into the business practices and trickery that established and grew the Hydra-headed publishing empire of the late Martin Goodman, the tight fisted, often unpleasant gentleman responsible, nonetheless, for giving the world his talented and far more charming nephew, Stanley Lieber. You probably know him better by his pen name—Stan Lee. The book is packed with details of Goodman’s often unseemly practices, lack of appreciation for the many artists and writers he employed at slave wages, and the fact that he never did understand what made his one true and enduring success, Marvel Comics, succeed. Secret History, incidentally, covers quite a different chunk of time than Sean Howe’s 1960s centered book, Marvel Comics: The Untold Story. But collectors will probably be interested to read both. You can meet the authors—alongside comics artists Al Jaffee and Stan Goldberg—at the official book release event on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at 7 p.m., hosted by the Society of Illustrators, 128 E. 63rd Street, in Manhattan.

The Secret History of Marvel Comics BlogFacebookYouTubeOrder The Secret History of Marvel Comics from Amazon.com

Blake Bell BlogFacebookTwitterBlake Bell talks to Mr. Media about Strange & Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko (2008)

Michael Vassallo BlogFacebookTwitter

Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell, Mr. Media Interviews
Order 'Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko' by Blake Bell, available from Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover above!
Will Eisner: A Spirited Life by Bob Andelman, Mr. Media Interviews
Order Will Eisner: A Spirited Life (2nd Edition) by Bob Andelman, available from Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover above!

 

The Party AuthorityThe Party Authority in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland!