75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking

In 1935, DC Comics founder Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, published New Fun #1, the first

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In 1935, DC Comics founder Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, published New Fun #1, the first comic book with all-new, all-original comic material—at a time when comic books were mere repositories for the cast-offs of the newspaper strips. What was initially considered to be disposable media for children was well on its way to becoming the mythology of our time—the 20th century’s answer to Atlas or Zorro. Over 40,000 comic books later, in honor of the publisher’s 75th Anniversary, TASCHEN has produced the single most comprehensive book on DC Comics in an XL edition even Superman might have trouble lifting. Over 2000 images—covers and interiors, original illustrations (including Wonder Woman’s invisible jet!), photographs, film stills, and collectibles—are reproduced using the latest technology in digital reproduction to bring the storylines, the characters, and their creators to vibrant life as they’ve never been seen before. Telling the tales behind the tomes is 35-year DC veteran Paul Levitz, whose in-depth essays trace the company’s history, from its pulp origins through to the future of digital publishing. Further information on the book and its release can be found here.

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