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A MARVELOUS LIFE: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee

November 21, 2019

Join author Danny Fingeroth (interviewed by Columbia University Professor, Jeremy Dauberfor an in-depth look into his latest book A MARVELOUS LIFE. This book offers a behind-the-scenes look at how Stan Lee became known as the voice and face of comics. As editor, publisher and co-creator of Marvel, he was the glue that held the industry together. With creative partners including Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko—with whom he had tempestuous relationships that rivaled any superhero battle—Lee created world-famous characters including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, and the Hulk.

But Lee’s career was haunted by conflict and controversy. Was he the most innovative creator in the comic book industry? Was he a lucky no-talent whose only skill was taking credit for others’ work? Or was he something else altogether?   In A MARVELOUS LIFE, Fingeroth attempts to answer these questions while offering his unique insider’s view of Stan Lee, delving into his invention of Marvel Comics, how he redefined the word “hero,” and reconstructed the world’s idea of how a story should be told.

The event will be followed by a book signing and reception. Cash bar.

$15 Non-member | $10 Member | $7 Senior/ students (Undergrad with valid ID)

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DANNY FINGEROTH is a native New Yorker, comics world insider, writer and editor, and pop-culture critic and historian. He is famous for his books on comics and superheroes and offers informed, insightful observations about the psychological motivations of the people who create our popular culture. He grew up in the first generation of Marvel-loving kids and has had a career in comics for 40 years, working closely with Stan Lee on numerous projects, seeing him as both an icon and a colleague. Fingeroth was involved in the writing and editing of Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men and The Avengers at Marvel Comics. For more information, please visit

Jeremy Dauber is a professor of Jewish literature and American studies at Columbia University. His most recent book, Jewish Comedy: A Serious History (W.W. Norton) was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. He is currently working on a history of American comic books and a biography of Mel Brooks (separately).


November 21, 2019
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