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THE GOLDEN AGE OF DC COMICS

THE GOLDEN AGE OF DC COMICS

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New edition, Bargain-Priced. Our Highest Recommendation. By Paul Levitz. 1935-1956! Superman's story, and those of Batman, Wonder Woman, and hundreds of other DC Comics characters, are all told in The Golden Age of DC Comics. The single most comprehensive book on the subject, this volume traces the company's first decades, from its pulp origins up to the comic book burnings of the McCarthy '50s in more than 400 pages bursting with comics, art, comics, photographs, and more comics. Originally $60, now smaller sized but still with every page, every illustration.

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1935-1956! Superman's story, and those of Batman, Wonder Woman, and hundreds of other DC Comics characters, are all told in The Golden Age of DC Comics. The single most comprehensive book on the subject, this volume traces the company's first decades, from its pulp origins up to the comic book burnings of the McCarthy '50s in more than 400 pages bursting with comics, art, comics, photographs, and more comics. Originally $60, now smaller sized but still with every page, every illustration.

In June of 1938, Action Comics debuted with a new kind of comic book character on its cover: a costumed man with two identities, who possessed extraordinary strength and powers, a man able to protect the public when ordinary measures would not do. He was not the first super hero, but the Man of Steel would become the prototype for all super heroes thereafter.

Author Paul Levitz is the perfect person to compile this, the most complete history every done on DC Comics. Paul began as a comic collector in the 1960s, caught the fanzine bug and published for many years, then began writing for DC in the 1970s and rose, through the decades, from editor all the way to the president of the company. He's also completely honest, willing to reveal the underpinnings of a company that began by publishing girlie pulps and was once helping mobsters launder their money! It's a fascinating story, both of a business that became an icon, but also of the artists and writers and editors that brought so many long-lived characters to life.

Paul first wrote this history as a huge oversized 75 Years of DC Comics. This three-book series greatly expands the first 50 years of DC, with much more visual and written material, now tackling each era of DC's climb to where it is today. Includes an exclusive interview with legendary artist Joe Kubert, who passed away in 2012!

All the great artists are represented here, from Simon and Kirby, Jack Cole, C.C. Beck and Jack Burnley, to Alex Toth, Kubert, Infantino, Gil Kane and Nick Cardy. Since Mad is also under the DC umbrella, this looks at EC, plus a inside look at Harvey Kurtzman and the great Mad parodies. Also looks at the birth of beloved titles like Strange Adventures, Mystery in Space, DC war books, and the early fifties westerns with that amazing Alex Toth work.

Since DC acquired the characters from Fawcett Comics and Quality Comics in the mid-1950s, this also includes histories of those companies’ most notable characters. Capt. Marvel, Mary Marvel, Blackhawk, Plastic Man and The Spirit are just a few of those included. Nowhere else can you find a book this packed with great illustrations and insights for this price. Really an amazing package.

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Item Code GADCH
Publisher Taschen
Publish Date 2019
ISBN 9783836556569
Binding Hard Cover
Dimensions 6x8
# Pages 672pg
Color Full Color
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