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

Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel will be published in September 2017. The book examines the illustrious life of 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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"An insightful and candid look at one of the 20th century's great mythmakers." -- Mark Waid, writer, Kingdom Come

"A brilliant biography...Stan Lee is must reading for comics fans and anyone interested in the creative process. A great book about a great man." -- Arthur Asa Berger, author, Li'l Abner and The Comic-Stripped American

This first true biography of Stan Lee is an eye-opening look at a pop 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, and Thor.


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Bob Batchelor, Popular Culture Expert

Bob Batchelor, Popular Culture Expert

In the Media

ICv2: THE BUSINESS OF GEEK CULTURE Covers Stan Lee Biography

ICv2 ran a piece about Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel. The trade book will be published in Sept. 2017. Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel is founded in multi-archival research, literary/cultural analysis, and historical methodology. Read here.

Providence Journal: Batchelor explains Marvel Comics' Stan Lee as revolutionary storyteller

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Mad Men: A Cultural History Scores Cover of Publisher's Weekly

June 13, 2016 Edition

June 13, 2016 Edition

BBC Interview: Batchelor on Bob Dylan turning 75

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Bob Batchelor, Pop Culture Expert  

Bob Batchelor, Pop Culture Expert