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Golden Age of DC Comics: 365 Days

Golden Age of DC Comics: 365 Days

by Les Daniels, Geoff Spear, Chip Kidd
     
 
From the late 1930s to the mid-1950s, DC Comics blazed a creative, innovative trail in popular culture, and the company has remained at the forefront of the comics industry ever since. In one milestone after another, DC Comics introduced the fantastic characters that became everyone's favorite super heroes: Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, the Flash,

Overview

From the late 1930s to the mid-1950s, DC Comics blazed a creative, innovative trail in popular culture, and the company has remained at the forefront of the comics industry ever since. In one milestone after another, DC Comics introduced the fantastic characters that became everyone's favorite super heroes: Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern, and Shazam! This brilliantly illustrated volume features entirely new, large-format photography of the original comic books, showcasing the fabulous visual world of the DC comic-book heroes and artists.

Comics historian Les Daniels, graphic designer Chip Kidd, and photographer Geoff Spear have delved deep into the DC archives, to which they were granted unprecedented access, highlighting not only the classics that have become pop-culture icons but also lost gems like More Fun Comics and Comics Cavalcade. The 365 images, shot especially for this book, along with the impeccably researched text and informative introductory essays, ensure that this blast from the past will have a huge appeal for both comic-book devotees and newcomers.

Author Bio: Les Daniels is the author of the official histories of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, as well as DC Comics: A Celebration of the World's Favorite Comic Book Heroes and Abrams' Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades of the World's Greatest Comics. Chip Kidd is an award-winning graphic designer and author of The Cheese Monkeys. His work has been featured in Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Time, Graphis, and Entertainment Weekly. Geoff Spear's award-winning photographs have appeared in magazines such as Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, GQ, and Newsweek, and in numerous books on comics.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
This gorgeous full-color volume, part of Abrams' line of "365 Days" illustration books, presents early comics as Pop Art. In a horizontal format, it spotlights isolated images from DC Comics spanning the years 1937 to 1956, selected by comics historian Daniels (DC Comics: A Celebration of the World's Favorite Comic Book Heroes) and book designer Chip Kidd (Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross) and photographed by Geoff Spear from DC's own archives. Sometimes it showcases individual story panels, sometimes parts of pages or covers with some captions or word balloons incomplete and unreadable. It's an unusual way to present the comics, as Daniels and Kidd acknowledge in their introductions, but largely it works. The images are expertly chosen and well framed; most have real impact, with only some cropped covers being diminished in power. Daniels and Kidd delve deep into DC's history, featuring not only icons such as Superman and Batman, but also unearthing forgotten characters like Genius Jones, who was shipwrecked alone with a library full of books, read them, and became the super-smart Answer Man. Recommended for all art collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810949690
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/2004
Pages:
744
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 6.62(h) x 2.50(d)

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