Stan Lee’s graphic memoir, Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir, which will be published by Simon & Schuster, has just been given a U.S. release date of October 6th.
Lee, who will turn 93 this December, released the following statement in conjunction with the release date:
“As Marvel just celebrated its seventy-fifth anniversary, I thought maybe it’s time for a look at my life in the one form it has never been depicted, as a comic book…or if you prefer, a graphic memoir. It strikes me as a horrendous oversight that I haven’t done it before! If I didn’t know everything about my life already, I’d envy your voyage of discovery!”
The graphic memoir was worked on in collaboration with Eisner Award-winning writer Peter David, and Eisner and Harvey Award-winning artist Colleen Doran, who was reportedly handpicked for the project. Doran has had a long and illustrious career in comics herself, and has collaborated with David before on previous projects, notably Mascot to the Rescue!
When the project was made public a little more than a month ago, back in April, Doran had this to say on her blog: “I was surprised and thrilled that Stan wanted me on this project. It is drawn in a cartoonier style than I normally use, and it is quite fun.”
In her more recent blog entry she shared a few more details about the project, which includes restorations of Marvel Comics covers by comics art restorer Allan Harvey, with whom Doran has worked before on her graphic novel A Distant Soil, a link to the Amazon Pre-Order, and this beautiful cover art:
She also pre-emptively shut down anyone who thinks that David did the majority of the writing, stating:
“The work is an adaptation and expansion of Stan Lee’s prose autobiography. Adaptation by Peter David. Yes, Stan really did do writing on this and I have the script to prove it.”