The ‘Amazing Fantastic Incredible’ Stan Lee memoir was released a few days ago! Now I’ve had the normal version on pre-order for some time now, but the publisher also decided to release a ‘deluxe edition’. So what’s the difference?
Well I haven’t actually received my normal copy yet (according to my online order Booktopia posted it a WEEK after its release date… now usually Booktopia are fairly good but considering it was a pre-order, I’m a bit disappointed), but I can tell you about the deluxe edition. I’ll post an update when I get my normal copy which according to tracking is due to be delivered next week… sigh… Australia post you REALLY need to get your shit together.
So, what do you get?
Here’s a video of my ‘unboxing’.
The first thing you’ll notice is that it comes in a black slip case. The book itself is also a shiny silver colour – fancy hey?
Now, if you’re considering getting the deluxe edition, this is probably what you’re most interested in… My copy has a hand signed Stan Lee autograph.
So, should you rush out and buy one? Well they are a limited edition. I got mine from the bookstore Dymocks in Australia. According to the staff there, they were told by the publisher that there are only 250 of these in the world. However, doing a bit of research online (and honestly not really finding what I’m looking for) it seems that many other sites have stated that there are 1500 of the deluxe editions being released. When I asked the bookstore they didn’t know what the difference was, or could really give me any info on the book itself which was disappointing as, as you would expect given the price I had some questions). Although they are definitely quite pricey (I think a bit overpriced, especially if it turns out there are 1500 copies), I am sceptical that there are only 250, and would be a bit unhappy with the bookstore if they have been advertising misleading information. I don’t know if someone has made a simple mistake or if there’s two kinds of deluxe version (are they all hand signed?) or what really. I just don’t know what the answer to all that. Sorry. If anyone else knows what’s going on – I’ve love to know!
Ok, so I’ll be frank about the price – they’re AU$400. Yep…. I’ll just give you a minute to let that sink in…
Ok, you still there and OK now? I never imagined it would be that much, but I guess that’s the price you pay for a Stan Lee signature. Considering I’ll never get the chance to go to one of his signings, it was probably worth it. I hope.
But what about the memoir itself? Well, it’s amazing, fantastic, incredible, and marvellous! Seriously, although I’m too scared to touch it much, from what I have read (I’ll wait for my normal copy to come in to finish it!) I think it’s really good. It’s definitely an interesting and worthwhile read! It has the right blend of comedy with realism and I can’t forget to mention the fantastic artwork! So far I’ve come across some interesting parts, some funny parts, some happy parts and a part that’s a little sad. One could definitely not accuse Stan Lee of not living a full life!
So is it worth getting the deluxe edition? Honestly, that ones up to you! If you do decide to get one, I would suggest you just make sure you check it out first. Ask the seller questions, make sure you’re really getting what you want (for me the big question was – it definitely has a signature? hand signed?).
But if you’re just looking for a good read, the normal version would be fine and very worthwhile. I hope that helps!
*I’ve written this because before I purchased the ‘deluxe edition’ I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect, and its a lot of money and I didn’t really get all the questions that I had answered. So I though I would share my experience and if this does help someone, great!. If it does’t, I hope you had a good read anyway* 🙂