Announcing Danny’s Stan Lee Biography: A Marvelous Life!


A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee book cover

We’re excited to announce Danny’s newest book, A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee will be available on November 5, 2019, from St. Martin’s Press (an imprint of MacMillan Publishers)!

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 was the most famous American comic book creator who ever lived.

Thanks, especially, to his many cameos in Marvel movies and TV shows, Lee was—and even after his 2018 death, still is—the voice and face of comics and popular culture in general, and Marvel Comics in particular. How he got to that place is a story that has never been fully told—until now.
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 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?

Danny Fingeroth’s 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.

With exclusive interviews with Lee himself, as well as with colleagues, relatives, friends—and detractors—Fingeroth makes a doubly remarkable case for Lee’s achievements, while not ignoring the controversies that dogged him his entire life—and even past his death. With unique access to Lee’s personal archives at the University of Wyoming, Fingeroth explores never-before-examined aspects of Lee’s life and career, and digs under the surface of what people thought they knew about him.

Fingeroth, himself a longtime writer and editor at Marvel Comics, and now a lauded pop culture critic and historian, knew and worked with Stan Lee for over four decades. With his unique insights as a comics world insider, Fingeroth is able to put Lee’s life and work in a unique context that makes events and actions come to life as no other writer could.

Despite F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous warning that “There are no second acts in American lives,” Stan Lee created a second act for himself that changed everything for him, his family, his industry, and ultimately for all of popular culture. How he did it—and what it cost him—is a larger-than-life tale of a man who helped create the modern superhero mythology that has become a part of all our lives.

Praise for A Marvelous Life

“Enthusiastic…a fittingly ebullient tribute to a man who never failed to add one more exclamation mark. This is a sure hit for comics fans of all camps.” —Publishers Weekly

“Detail-packed….Fans of comics culture will enjoy Fingeroth’s tribute to his legendary boss.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Lee remains a pivotal figure in the superhero genre that’s come to dominate popular culture, and Fingeroth, a comics veteran who worked closely with Lee, gives evenhanded treatment to his accomplishments and foibles.” —Booklist

Psychology Today Article

There’s a new article in Psychology Today about Danny’s newest book, A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee! Travis Langley, PhD, talks about the discussions he and Danny used to have about “the Most Neurotic Superhero.”

We presented versions of that topic at least seven times led by Danny and joined by a variety of our fellow psychologists and industry pros, usually at Wizard World conventions. Even though neurosis is not a modern diagnostic term in the DSM, these discussions allowed us to examine a number of very real psychological issues as filtered through the lens of comic book superheroes, the majority of whom Stan Lee co-created or at least wrote at one time or another.

Travis Langley, PhD

Read the whole article at Psychology Today.

Entertainment Weekly Preview

Entertainment Weekly‘s David Canfield offered an exclusive preview, including an excerpt, of Danny’s newest book, A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee.

The upcoming book is the first comprehensive biography published of the former Marvel Comics president and publisher. It’s written by Lee’s frequent collaborator, Danny Fingeroth, and features exclusive, in-depth interviews between the two of them, conducted shortly before his death.

David Canfield

Read the preview at Entertainment Weekly.


[No class November 19]
7:00 PM-9:00 PM, East Coast US time

Fore more info and to register:

The class is limited to seven students. Register now!
TUITION: Register by October 15: $450
Register after October 15: $475
[No drawing skill required]
In this unique online workshop format–using simple, free, video-conferencing–comics writer/editor Danny Fingeroth teaches you how to develop your story from initial idea to finished script. Story and character development are covered, as well as script creation. Other topics will include finding the right artist to draw your story and navigating the ever-changing state of the world of comics publishing.This online version of Danny’s famous writing courses will provide you with instructions on the general and fine points of comics writing, as well as assigned reading of milestones of the medium, assignments to do during and between sessions, and interactive critiques and suggestions by Danny and your fellow students.

This online class is designed to be as simple as possible to register and participate in. If you’re reading this sentence, you have the computer skills necessary to join the class.

“I have been fortunate enough to have worked with Danny as both a writer and an editor, and I can think of no finer teacher of the art and craft of writing comics books than Danny Fingeroth! Those enrolled in any class given by him should listen very carefully, take notes, and count yourselves lucky that you have Danny as a teacher.” – HOWARD MACKIE, Marvel and DC Comics writer and editor

“Danny Fingeroth’s class in How to Write Comics and Graphic Novels is the most fun you can have learning a skill from one of the top prose in the business.” –NICKY WHEELER-NICHOLSON, granddaughter of DC Comics founder, MALCOLM WHEELER-NICHOLSON

“Danny has put his decades of experience and hard-won skill in the comics industry to work training the next generation of comic-book writers. Having participated in his online class, I can tell you that Danny delivers. If a would-be comic book writer is looking for a class on how to do it right, I strongly recommend taking Danny’s online class.” – DREW BITTNER, WildStorm and Chaos! writer and editor

“Danny’s workshops are a fast-paced, mind-expanding experience for anyone aspiring to successful comic writing. In only four sessions, we went from developing an idea to a completed ten-page comic script in professional format, learning the essential steps in this development process. We also received the hidden bonus of a wealth of knowledge in comics history and publication, advice on further reading, and access to Danny’s fantastic instructional articles. The combination of individual critique and advice from Danny, interaction with other students, and focused homework produces excellent results. You walk away from Danny’s workshops with results: a honed, properly formatted script and the tools to make your future comics concepts a reality.” – HANNAH MEANS-SHANNON, comics scholar and journalist