Bob Batchelor is a cultural historian who has written or edited 28 books on media culture; American literature; and music, film, and television. 

Among his books are Mad Men: A Cultural HistoryGatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel, and John Updike: A Critical Biography

Batchelor is the founding editor of the Popular Culture Studies Journal, the official journal of the Midwest Popular Culture Association, and a member of the editorial advisory board of The Journal of Popular Culture

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Latest Book

Bob Batchelor offers an eye-opening look at this iconic visionary, a man who created (with talented artists) many of history’s most legendary characters. In this energetic and entertaining biography, Batchelor explores how Lee capitalized on natural talent and hard work to become the editor of Marvel as a teenager. After toiling in the industry for decades, Lee threw caution to the wind and went for broke, co-creating the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, and others in a creative flurry that revolutionized comic books for generations of readers. Marvel superheroes became a central part of pop culture, from collecting comics to innovative merchandising, from superhero action figures to the ever-present Spider-Man lunchbox.

Batchelor examines many of Lee’s most beloved works, including the 1960s comics that transformed Marvel from a second-rate company to legendary publisher. This book reveals the risks Lee took to bring the characters to life and his tireless efforts to make comic books and superheroes part of mainstream culture for more than fifty years.


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Bob Batchelor, Popular Culture Expert

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In the Media

ICv2: THE BUSINESS OF GEEK CULTURE Covers Stan Lee Biography

ICv2 ran a piece about Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel. The trade book will be published in Sept. 2017. Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel is founded in multi-archival research, literary/cultural analysis, and historical methodology.

Providence Journal: Batchelor explains Marvel Comics' Stan Lee as revolutionary storyteller

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Mad Men: A Cultural History Scores Cover of Publisher's Weekly

June 13, 2016 Edition

June 13, 2016 Edition

BBC Interview: Batchelor on Bob Dylan turning 75



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Bob Batchelor, Pop Culture Expert  

Bob Batchelor, Pop Culture Expert