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The DC Comics Encyclopedia
     

The DC Comics Encyclopedia

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by Scott Beatty, Phil Jimenez
 
As a unique, one-volume encyclopedia of more than 1,000 characters created by DC Comics, this is the book that all comic book fans have been waiting for! Featuring some of DC's most creative artists and heroes and villains from the world famous to lesser known one-offs, this thrilling, one-of-a-kind guide has comic book history exploding off every page.

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As a unique, one-volume encyclopedia of more than 1,000 characters created by DC Comics, this is the book that all comic book fans have been waiting for! Featuring some of DC's most creative artists and heroes and villains from the world famous to lesser known one-offs, this thrilling, one-of-a-kind guide has comic book history exploding off every page.

Editorial Reviews

Jabari Asim
Within its 350-plus pages lie the answers to many of the more profound riddles surrounding some of the mightiest beings in the superhero universe … It's all here, with an abundance of full-color illustrations.
— The Washington Post
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-This browser's delight brings together approximately 1000 superheroes, supervillains, sidekicks, demons, techno-sorcerers, malevolent entities, professional criminals, primordial beings, despotic conquerors, and similarly colorful characters from DC Comic's 70 years of history-systematically providing fact boxes, narrative introductions, and melodramatic period portraits for each one. The entries, more or less alphabetically ordered, range from the full spreads given to Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman, to quarter-columns for the likes of Ambush Bug, General Immortus, and such guest villains as Beelzebub and Morgaine Le Fey; each one includes physical descriptions, special abilities, origins, ultimate fate (if settled), and book and date of first appearance. Despite adding occasional topical spreads ("Amazing Weapons," for example, or "Romantic Moments"), the authors focus mainly on characters or teams rather than publishing history-which means that writers and artists are not identified, and the most significant event in the collective DC universe, "The Crisis on Infinite Earths," is relegated to two paragraphs on a "Great Battles" spread. Smaller collections, or those serving serious young historians of the comics, may be better off with Ron Goulart's Comic Book Encyclopedia (Morrow/Avon, 2004) or more narrowly focused reference works, but, like the Marvel Encyclopedia, which is currently up to volume six (Marvel, 2004), this compendium should provide hours of pleasure for both avid and casual collectors.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756605926
Publisher:
DK
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
10.25(w) x 12.13(h) x 1.04(d)
Age Range:
1 - 18 Years

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DC Comics Encyclopedia 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great. I was even testing it to seeif it had my favorite characters, new and old. It was so cool finding out about my hero, Ambush Bug, for the first time'Hee Hee'. I really hope they make an extanded one with info on the 52 universes and all of the One Year Later characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is the best i ever got!! whenever i read comics there always someone in bold print that i dont know about, so i just look in this book. it tells me their powers eyes and hair colors and even height and weight and a biography. beautifully colored
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was intense, but I do have some minor quibbles with it. Where are the alternate characters? I'm a big fan of superheroes from other realities (Earth-2 Superman, Superman's Alternate Daughter, and Tarzan Superman) and yet this book only focuses on those from the primary timestream. What gives, DK Publishing? Oh well. Perhaps there will be a follow-up 'all alternates' volume. Another issue: Where are the cutaway views? DK was kind enough to include one of the Sarlacc in their recent 'Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Dictionary' and I expected one here too. Imagine the possibilities of seeing Green Lantern Mogo's digestive system! What a squandered opportunity. I must say that any Plastic Man fan will immensely enjoy this title: P.M. finally gets the dues that have been coming to him! For that alone, I roll up a solid recommendation to this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love reading DC comics (and Marvel) and this book has every superhero i could ever think of!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Those of us who have always been interested in the horizons beyond the standard characters of any comic book universe have been eagerly awaiting a book like 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia.' The book delivers a one-two punch of information and aesthetic appeal, offering all of the essential information a fan is looking for. The added bonus for this book is that not only is this reference resource nigh-comprehensive, but it is also published by DK, a publishing house whose standards and attention to detail have produced very few duds over the years. The book is of exceptionally high quality, with character biographies ranging from well-known pillars of the DC Comics community to fairly obscure characters that are not only entertaining but say a lot about how the DC Universe works and how it has evolved. While the book is itself impressive, there are a few caveats for potential buyers, the first and foremost of which is that this book, as advertised, focuses on the characters of the DC Universe alone. While there are oblique, self-contained sections devoted to Universe-wide conflicts and crossovers, character technology, etc., they are not as informative or comprehensive as the sections offered in other comics encyclopedias/handbooks of the past and seem to be afterthoughts. All-in-all, however, a superb effort and excellent resource that will grace any comic fan's shelf.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I saw this book I just had to add it to my collection. Now that the book is apart of my collection, I want more. Where is the Flash, Green Lantern, more information on the new JLA, and Aqua Man. Also what about the Villians. The ulitimate would be to have DC and Marvel join up and do a complete Encyclopedia. What about SHAZAM and the ISIS team, Prime. I could just go on. Any one with information on other characters, please contact me. In closing, if you don't have this book, then your collection is not complete.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I picked up a listing of books for the holidays, this book caught my eye right away. I am a long time lover of Batman and the whole DC universe. After checking this book out at stores a couple of times and reading through the pages, I got this book as a surprise gift for a guy who's a self-proclaimed comic book geek. I'm hoping this will break some of the ice between us, and if it doesn't then at least I get to know I got someone a great gift!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, what an encyclopedia! Only Oracle (Barbara Gordon) has more information than what's contained on these pages. This is an exhaustive book that not only references over one thousand DC characters, detailing their origins and significant events in DC mythology, it also focuses on teams, places, weapons, vehicles, battles, etc. Certainly, emphasized throughout the book are the DC heavyweights - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman - but the book's richness is in the many obscure and overlooked and forgotten and underappreciated characters. Inevitably, with such a grand undertaking, some characters are neglected or completely missing, particularly John Constantine, Hush, Mister Magestic, and The Wonder Twins, Zan and Jayna, who are a part of DC continuity as having appeared in Extreme Justice and JLA/Avengers. I can only hope with a second revised edition already mentioned, the Wonder Twins get their due.