Last year I was contacted to create cover art for two new editions of Bob Batchelor’s 2017 book “Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel”. One is a YA edition featuring new cover art, and 9 black and white interior illustrations which I can’t show quite yet. The other is a centennial edition to commemorate Stan’s 100th Birthday in 2022; now titled “Stan Lee: A Life”.
Here is the summary of the centennial edition:
“The definitive biography of Marvel legend Stan Lee, celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth.
Stan Lee’s extraordinary life was as epic as the superheroes he co-created, from the Amazing Spider-Man to the Mighty Avengers. His ideas and voice are at the heart of global culture, loved by millions of superhero fans around the world.
In Stan Lee: A Life, award-winning cultural historian Bob Batchelor offers an in-depth and complete look at this iconic visionary. Born in the Roaring Twenties, growing up in the Great Depression, living and thriving through the American Century, and dying in the twenty-first century, Stan Lee’s life is a unique representation of recent American history. Batchelor examines Lee’s fascinating American life by drawing out all its complexity, drama, heartache, and humor, revealing how Lee introduced the world to heroes that were just as fallible and complex as their creator—and just like all of us.
An up-close look at a legendary figure, this centennial edition includes completely new material to give the full measure of a man whose genius continues to mesmerize audiences worldwide. Candid, authoritative, and absorbing, this is the biography of a man who dreamed of one day writing the Great American Novel, but ended up doing so much more—revolutionizing culture by creating new worlds and heroes that have entertained generations.”
Rowman and Littlefield (the publisher) recently revealed the cover art and opened up pre-orders, which means I can finally share these covers! Both feature a portrait of Stan framed by a thought balloon behind him. The balloon is filled with references to the characters and concepts which he helped to co-create. Since Stan was a writer rather than one of the artists, I thought that would be a creative solution to depicting his contributions. I should note that I did not create the cover dress/typography for these covers. Those were designed by an in-house designer at Rowman and Littlefield.
For any editors reading this, I am available for more book cover/interior book illustration work, so if you like these Stan Lee covers, get in touch.