Bob Batchelor is a cultural historian and biographer. He writes about the ideas and issues that help shape the contemporary world.

Bob's latest book, Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel examines the illustrious life of Marvel legend Stan Lee, one of America's most important creative icons.

Bob also wrote Mad Men: A Cultural HistoryGatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel, and John Updike: A Critical Biography, among others.

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Stan Lee: the Man Behind Marvel

Releases on September 15th and now available for pre-order. 

This first true biography of Stan Lee is an eye-opening look at a popculture 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.

Reviews of Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel

Bob Batchelor’s bio of Stan Lee is not only thorough and accurate, it’s extremely well-written. If you enjoy reading Stan’s stories, you’ll enjoy the story of Stan just as much.” – Steve Englehart, novelist and comic book writer (The Avengers, Captain America)

“An insightful and candid look at one of the 20th century’s greatest mythmakers.” – Mark Waid, writer, (Daredevil, The Fantastic Four, Kingdom Come)

“Bob Batchelor’s book takes us on a journey into the life and imagination of Stan Lee, whose collaborations with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko laid the foundation of the Marvel Universe and unleashed a creative explosion that continues to impact, and transform, all of popular culture.” – J.M. DeMatteis, writer (The Amazing Spider-Man, Silver Surfer)

“In this smartly-written, deeply researched biography, Bob Batchelor cuts through the hype and hyperbole to reveal the secret origins of Stan Lee’s thoroughly mythic life and art. It’s the one bio for both casual and hardcore fans.” – Brian Jay Jones, author (George Lucas: A Life)


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Bob Batchelor, Popular Culture Expert

Bob Batchelor, Popular Culture Expert

In the Media

Bob talks about Stan Lee on NPR station WVXU.

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On the 55th anniversary of Spider-Man, Bob shares insight on Spidey's co-creator Stan Lee.

Bob chats with local morning show host about the movie Spider-Man: Homecoming. 

Bob explaining the history of Kimberly-Clark on consumer marketing in a documentary made by Wisconsin Public TV.

Bob Batchelor Shines New Light on Mighty Marvel's Prodigious Progenitor, Stan Lee

BBC Interview: Bob Batchelor on Bob Dylan turning 75

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Bob Batchelor, Pop Culture Expert  

Bob Batchelor, Pop Culture Expert