Comic Wars

Comic Wars

How Two Tycoons Battled Over the Marvel Comics Empire--and Both Lost

eBook - 2004
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As ferocious and fateful as any battle in the pages of Marvel Comics, this is the true story of the life-or-death struggle for Marvel -- choked by bankruptcy in 1996 because of high-powered money men who did not care at all about Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, or the other iconic heroes of the comics. Coming meticulous investigative reporting with entertaining story-telling, COMIC WARS exposes the actions and motives of two Goliath-style corporate raiders (Ronald Perelman and Carl Icahn), two innovative Davids (Avi Arad and Ike Perlmutter), and some of the world's biggest banks. It is the rollicking true tale of a unique Wall Street showdown, of a surprising emergency from the ashes, and of Marvel's triumphant reinvention as the producer of hit Hollywood movies: the Spider-Man films, Iron-Man, The Hulk, Captain America, the X-Men series including Wolverine, and the crowning glory of The Avengers.
Publisher: [United States] : BookBaby : Made available through hoopla, 2004
ISBN: 9780985437855
0985437855
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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Fascinating reading for anyone interested in Marvel and its history. This isn't about the comics at all: it's about the magnates at the top of the pyramid, who play with the money, not the product. A real eye-opener in many ways. It ought to be a TV miniseries: billionnaires fighting billionnaires, lawyers fighting lawyers, judges fighting other judges.

It's a wonder that Marvel Comics surivived the bloodbath.

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