Danny Fingeroth: "A Marvelous Life. The Amazing Story of Stan Lee"
Virtual book presentation / YouTube livestream / No registration necessary
This event will take place via YouTube live stream: https://youtu.be/iZLqv1sa7Y4
The definitive biography of the beloved—often controversial—co-creator of many legendary superheroes, A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee presents the origin of “Stan the Man", who spun a storytelling web of comic book heroic adventures into a pop culture phenomenon: the Marvel Universe.
Stan Lee is the most famous American comic book creator who ever lived. But Lee’s career was haunted by conflict and controversy. Was he the most innovative creator to ever do comics? Was he a lucky no-talent whose only skill was taking credit for others’ work? Or was he something else altogether?
A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee attempts to answer some of those questions. It is the first comprehensive biography of this powerhouse of ideas who, with his invention of Marvel Comics, changed the world’s ideas of what a hero is and how a story should be told.
More information on A Marvelous Life can be found on Fingeroth’s website.
Danny Fingeroth is a popular-culture critic and historian. His most recent book is A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee (St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan, 2019), the definitive biography of the controversial, pioneering Lee, co-creator of Marvel’s most popular characters. A Marvelous Life was the first major biography of Lee published after his 2018 death. Fingeroth, a former executive editor and writer at Marvel Comics, knew Lee and worked closely with him. In researching the book, Fingeroth conducted some of the last in-depth interviews done with Lee.
Danny is a consultant to Will Eisner Studios, and is the Chair of Will Eisner Week, the annual celebration of the visionary cartoonist’s career and legacy.
Fingeroth is also the author of books including Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society; Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews Comics and the Creation of the Superhero; and The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels.
Danny has spoken and taught at venues including Columbia University, the Smithsonian Institution, The Mimaster Art Institute in Milan, and the San Diego Comic Con. He is currently at work on books about iconic 20th Century figures Bob Dylan and Jack Ruby.
Moderation: Dr. Thomas Greven is adjunct professor (“Privatdozent”) of political science at Freie Universität Berlin, where he teaches at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, as well as an independent political consultant and author.
In addition to numerous publications on US politics and foreign policy, industrial relations, globalization and development, as well as on right-wing populism and extremism, he has written about comics for many years, with a focus on the relationship of politics and culture.
As free-lance author for the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel, he writes, i.a., for its award-winning comics page (read recent contribution); moreover, he contributes to the quarterly print magazine Comixene (read recent contribution) and to the online journal Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft (read recent contribution).
For an overview, cf. https://thomas-greven.berlin/politische-analyse/comics/.
Please note: the audience will have the chance to ask questions. Questions to the author may be sent in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line: "Question for Danny Fingeroth"), or posed via the YouTube live chat.
Organizer: Stiftung Bayerisches Amerikahaus gGmbH
Contact: Joanna King, Nina Müller
(Photo: Book cover "A Marvelous Life. The Amazing Story of Stan Lee © Amerikahaus München)