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02-22-2014, 12:54 AM
I recently acquired a copy of ‘Secrets Behind The Comics’ by Stan Lee... This pamphlet sized 99 page book is every bit as relevant today as it was when originally published back in 1947 (altho acquiring a copy can set you back a small fortune)... I was fortunate enough to acquire a pristine mint digitally remastered print edition from Greg Theakston's Pure Imagination imprint... The cover artist and letterer was Mario Acquaviva... I've attached front and back cover scans of the book for you to look at along with a limited list of his industry credits courtesy of the Comic Book Data Base (I would have included scans of some interior pages as well but that would have required me damaging the book)... As it turns out I've admired this man's work for years as a letterer, mostly on his 1940's work on Sub-Mariner and other Timely Comics titles... The man was not only a letterer but a colorist, penciler, production artist and inker as well... I love his lettering and once you look at the sample attachments I believe you will too... G

Secrets Behind The Comics (1947) nn - 'Secrets Behind The Comics!'

September 1967:
Life with Archie (1958) #65

January 1971:
Psycho (1971) #1

May 1973:
Life with Archie (1958) #133

December 1994:
Marvel Limited: Secrets Behind The Comics (1994) HC - 'Secrets Behind The Comics!'

October 2011:
Archie and Friends (1992) #157

December 2011:
Archie and Friends (1992) #158

Archie's Super Comics Digest (2012) #1



Todd Klein
02-22-2014, 07:13 AM
Thanks, I've never seen the book and didn't know there was lettering in it, let alone credited lettering.

02-22-2014, 11:23 AM
The interior of the book is illustrated by Ken Bald and lettered by Mario Acquaviva (although there are samples of other Timely artists used to illustrate some of the sections)... You'll need to download a free bonus PDF of Eisner Award Winner Jon B. Cooke's Comic Book Creator #1 if you'd like to get an idea of what the interior of the book looks like (the click to read option does not show you the page featuring the interior look at the book)... G


02-22-2014, 12:17 PM
For a better look at this book.
Here, here,

Thanks for bring this up.
I love the candor Stan Lee had on writing this book. Year 1947 indeed.

02-22-2014, 12:52 PM
Thanks for posting that link to the entire book Scribbly... I wasn't aware that the entire book had been posted online... G

Todd Klein
02-24-2014, 07:43 AM
Thanks, Scribbly, I think I might write a blog article about the book someday. I had no idea it was in comics form.