Stan Lee died on Monday, aged 95. He was the co-creator of a large number of comic books characters such as Spider-Man, Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Black Panther, or the Fantastic four. More importantly, he revolutionised comic books in the 1960s, pioneering new methods of comics storytelling and characterisation [and] addressing more serious themes*. He created the Marvel universe as a coherent world where all the characters and story arcs and tightly interconnected. A form of narratives that eventually became a standard in modern fiction…

Of course, you’ll find a large selection of books by Stan Lee and Marvel comics in the library.

Still not sure if it is OK to read comics? Here’s Stan Lee’s answer: Some people will say, ‘Why read a comic book? It stifles the imagination. If you read a novel you imagine what people are like. If you read a comic, it’s showing you.’ The only answer I can give is, ‘You can read a Shakespeare play, but does that mean you wouldn’t want to see it on the stage?’ – in an interview to the Denver Post Online

*Sanderson, Peter “Continuity/discontinuity” in Comics in context, No. 14. July. 21, 2011. comics.ign.com


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