The Stan Lee Universe Arrives at MoCCA

There are some folks that want to help celebrate the release of The Stan Lee Universe, a new book by Danny Fingeroth and Roy Thomas about Stan the Man Lee. On February 2 from 7 PM to 9 PM, Fingeroth, Dennis O'Neil, Al Jaffee and Peter Sanderson will be on hand to discuss the book.

Admission is $7 (free for MoCCA members) and copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at the event. It should be noted that Stan Lee himself won't be there, so don't get your hopes up.

Full press release below.

Danny Fingeroth

O’NEIL, JAFFEE, SANDERSON, FINGEROTH in celebration and signing of THE STAN LEE UNIVERSE, Thurs, February 2nd at MoCCA — Only $7, FREE to MoCCA Members!

NEW YORK (January 3, 2012) – The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – MoCCA – is proud to announce a special MoCCA THURSDAYS event: A celebration and signing of THE STAN LEE UNIVERSE, Danny Fingeroth and Roy Thomas’s new book about the co-creator of Spider-Man, The X-Men, Iron Man, and so many other iconic characters. The panel features Lee-colleagues (and contributors to the book) DENNIS O’NEIL, AL JAFFEE, PETER SANDERSON, and co-editor DANNY FINGEROTH. (And don’t be surprised if a guest-star or two shows up as well!)

Copies of The Stan Lee Universe will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

[NOTE: Stan Lee will NOT be present.]

About the book:
THE STAN LEE UNIVERSE is a portrait of Lee’s and Marvel's development as pop culture forces. It includes much material found in The STAN LEE ARCHIVES at the University of Wyoming, including transcripts of lost radio interviews and debates with Lee and figures such as Hilde Mosse (Fredric Wertham’s partner in comics-hating) and Jack Kirby. Others whose voices are "heard" in this eclectic volume include: Roger Ebert; Country Joe and the Fish; Will Eisner: Richard Corben; Neal Conan; and James Cameron. And script, pencil art, and detailed notes from both Lee and Kirby for their Silver Surfer Graphic Novel, and pages from a screenplay Lee wrote for director Alain Resnais are just some of the extraordinary items in this one-of-a-kind book.


“What if you could dig through the attic of the guy who co-created Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk and dozens of others? The result might be fine gift-book.

—Charlie Meyerson, FM News 101.1, Chicago

“There’s something on every page that is soaked in awesome." —John Robinson,

“No matter what you think you may know about , you’ll learn a lot from The Stan Lee Universe and I recommend it most highly to anybody the least bit interested in comics or our American heritage.” —Mike Gold,

Event details:
Thursday February 2, 2012
7 PM-9 PM
Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
594 Broadway, suite 401
New York, NY 10012
Admission: $7 / FREE for MoCCA Members

About the panelists (all of whom contributed to the content of the book):

DENNIS O’NEIL, one of comics' most acclaimed writers, brought social consciousness to the medium with the groundbreaking Green Lantern/Green Arrow series. His work on Batman—as writer and editor—returned that character to its dark, gothic roots. Denny worked closely with Stan in the ‘60s and speaks in The Stan Lee Universe about learning from Lee in those early years of Marvel’s development.

AL JAFFEE was an editor, writer, and artist for Stan at Timely (later Marvel) Comics during the ‘40s and ‘50s. In 1955, Jaffee joined Mad, entertaining generations with his “Mad Fold-Ins” and “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions.” In The Stan Lee Universe, Al talks about what it was like to work with Stan. The book also showcases hilarious Lee-Jaffee memorabilia from Stan’s archives.

PETER SANDERSON is a comics guru, penning books, journal articles, and criticism, and producing documentaries on comics. Peter was Marvel’s first archivist and was main writer of The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. In an article in The Stan Lee Universe, Peter astutely analyzes Stan’s writing style.

DANNY FINGEROTH, co-editor (with Roy Thomas) of The Stan Lee Universe, is MoCCA’s Sr VP of Education. He was a longtime editor and writer at Marvel, where he often worked with Stan. Danny went to Lee’s Wyoming archives, where he found much of the rare material that appears in the book. He is the author of Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell us About Ourselves and Society and Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero.

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