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As Joss Whedon's triumphant big-screen take on The Avengers reminded us this past summer, Marvel Comics is unstoppable these days, both on the page and in celluloid form. But how many people who purchased tickets to see Scarlett Johansson don Black Widow's leather garb really know the company's long, troubled, and drama-filled history?

Former Entertainment Weekly writer Sean Howe provides an open-door look at all of the brand's highs and lows in Marvel Comics: The Untold Story. Deeply researched and passionately assembled, this revealing page-turner pulls over 100 originals interviews together to look back on the hard work and stressful efforts of impact players like Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.