Bob Batchelor is a cultural historian and biographer. He writes about the ideas and issues that help shape the contemporary world.
Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel will be published in September 2017. The book examines the illustrious life of one of America's most important creative icons.
Bob also wrote Mad Men: A Cultural History, Gatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel, and John Updike: A Critical Biography, among others.
"An insightful and candid look at one of the 20th century's great mythmakers." -- Mark Waid, writer, Kingdom Come
"A brilliant biography...Stan Lee is must reading for comics fans and anyone interested in the creative process. A great book about a great man." -- Arthur Asa Berger, author, Li'l Abner and The Comic-Stripped American
This first true biography of Stan Lee is an eye-opening look at a pop culture visionary. This book traces Lee's life -- from his Depression-era childhood to his years as a teen editor/writer and ultimately to his triumphs as the genius cocreator behind some of the most beloved characters in pop culture history, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, and Thor.
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. Read here.