Bob Batchelor is a cultural historian and biographer. He writes about the ideas and issues that help shape the contemporary world.
Bob's forthcoming book (Fall, 2019) is Bourbon King: The Epic Rise and Fall of George Remus, America’s Bootleg Baron, and the Roaring Days of the Jazz Age. The book tells the amazing story of George Remus, who cracked the Prohibition system, turned it on its ear, became one of the world's richest criminal masterminds, and inspired The Great Gatsby, then later murdered his wife in cold blood, leading to the biggest show trial of the 1920s. Bourbon King will be published in print and ebook by Diversion Books for the 100th anniversary of the Volstead Act in 2019, which provided for the enforcement of the Eighteenth Amendment.
Bob also wrote Mad Men: A Cultural History, Gatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel, Bob Dylan: A Concise Biography, and John Updike: A Critical Biography, among others.
Stan Lee: the Man Behind Marvel
"Where Batchelor succeeds most is fleshing out the settings and context along the narrative spine of Lee’s life." (Washington Post)
"Fun Ride!" (New York Daily News)
This first full biography of Stan Lee is an eye-opening look at a popular 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, the Avengers, 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)
Bob Batchelor, author of Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel