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Bell, Blake and Michael J. Vassallo. The Secret History of Marvel Comics: Jack kirby and the moonlighting artists at martin goodman’s empire. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2013. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-60699-552-5
BibTeX citation key: Bell2013a
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Categories: General
Keywords: Marvel, Publishing, USA
Creators: Bell, Vassallo
Publisher: Fantagraphics (Seattle)
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Marvel Comics is home to such legendary super-heroes as Spider-Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man, all of whom have spun box office gold in the 21st century. But Marvel Comics has a secret history hidden in the shadows of these well-known franchises.
The Secret History of Marvel Comics digs back to the 1930s when Marvel Comics wasn’t just a comic-book producing company. Marvel Comics owner Martin Goodman had tentacles into a publishing world that might have made that era’s conservative American parents lynch him on his front porch. Marvel was but a small part of Goodman’s publishing empire, which had begun years before he published his first comic book. Goodman mostly published lurid and sensationalistic story books (known as “pulps”) and magazines, featuring sexually-charged detective and romance short fiction, and celebrity gossip scandal sheets. And artists like Jack Kirby, who was producing Captain America for eight-year-olds, were simultaneously dipping their toes in both ponds.
The Secret History of Marvel Comics tells this parallel story of 1930s/40s Marvel Comics sharing offices with those Goodman publications not quite fit for children. The book also features a comprehensive display of the artwork produced for Goodman’s other enterprises by Marvel Comics artists such as Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, Alex Schomburg, Bill Everett, Al Jaffee, and Dan DeCarlo, plus the very best pulp artists in the field, including Norman Saunders, John Walter Scott, Hans Wesso, L.F. Bjorklund, and Marvel Comics #1 cover artist Frank R. Paul. Goodman’s magazines also featured cover stories on celebrities such as Jackie Gleason, Elizabeth Taylor, Liberace, and Sophia Loren, as well as contributions from famous literary and social figures such as Isaac Asimov, Theodore Sturgeon, and L. Ron Hubbard.

Table of Contents

Introduction (1)

1. The Way It Began (10)
2. When Lawyers Clash (24)
3. Brand? Echh! (34)
4. Drowning the Newsstands (44)
5. Torture Porn (52)
6. A House Divided (66)
7. The Last Laugh (90)

Artist Profiles (105)
– Jack Kirby (106)
– Joe Simon (146)
– Stan Lee (156)
– Alex Schomburg (166)
– Bill Everett (196)
– Frank R. Paul (210)
– Syd Shores (216)
– Carl Burgos (224)
– Jack Binder (228)
– George Klein (236)
– Al Avison (240)
– Al Jaffee (244)
– Joe Maneely (246)
– Artie Simek (250)
– Dave Berg (252)
– Dan DeCarlo (254)
– John Severin (256)
– Matt Baker (258)
– Roy Krenkel (264)
– Harry Harrison (266)
– Al Williamson (270)
– Gene Colan (272)
– Stan Drake (274)
– Russ Heath (276)
– Mort Walker (278)
– Hank Ketcham (280)
– Miscellaneous (282)

Endnotes (288) 

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