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Updated and expanded edition, with 16 new pages to cover 2010-2014! Featuring a new slipcase design along with two NEW prints packed inside. Trace DC's fascinating story: the company's beginnings as National Allied Publications in the 1934, and its subsequent change to Detective Comics, Inc. in 1937. The book details all the major DC publishing landmarks and more, displayed Updated and expanded edition, with 16 new pages to cover 2010-2014! Featuring a new slipcase design along with two NEW prints packed inside. Trace DC's fascinating story: the company's beginnings as National Allied Publications in the 1934, and its subsequent change to Detective Comics, Inc. in 1937. The book details all the major DC publishing landmarks and more, displayed clearly, month by month. Highlighting the debuts of iconic super heroes like Superman and Batman, the geniuses that invented them, and the real-life events, like the Vietnam War, the atom bomb, and the Space Race, that shaped the atmosphere of the times, "DC Comics: A Visual History" follows the characters' foray into the real world through TV series and blockbuster movies. Foreword by Paul Levitz, former president of DC Comics (2002 - 2009.)


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Updated and expanded edition, with 16 new pages to cover 2010-2014! Featuring a new slipcase design along with two NEW prints packed inside. Trace DC's fascinating story: the company's beginnings as National Allied Publications in the 1934, and its subsequent change to Detective Comics, Inc. in 1937. The book details all the major DC publishing landmarks and more, displayed Updated and expanded edition, with 16 new pages to cover 2010-2014! Featuring a new slipcase design along with two NEW prints packed inside. Trace DC's fascinating story: the company's beginnings as National Allied Publications in the 1934, and its subsequent change to Detective Comics, Inc. in 1937. The book details all the major DC publishing landmarks and more, displayed clearly, month by month. Highlighting the debuts of iconic super heroes like Superman and Batman, the geniuses that invented them, and the real-life events, like the Vietnam War, the atom bomb, and the Space Race, that shaped the atmosphere of the times, "DC Comics: A Visual History" follows the characters' foray into the real world through TV series and blockbuster movies. Foreword by Paul Levitz, former president of DC Comics (2002 - 2009.)

30 review for DC Comics: A Visual History

  1. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Thomas

    An excellent book covering the history of DC Comics from their beginnings in the 1930’s up until 2015. It’s broken down year-by-year, covering the major themes, characters, artists, writers, and cross-over events in full color and detailed text. The look and feel (and hefty weight) of this book projects very high quality on every page. In addition, events happening in the real world are included on each page, providing a firm anchor to history. The book is set up like an encyclopedia, making it e An excellent book covering the history of DC Comics from their beginnings in the 1930’s up until 2015. It’s broken down year-by-year, covering the major themes, characters, artists, writers, and cross-over events in full color and detailed text. The look and feel (and hefty weight) of this book projects very high quality on every page. In addition, events happening in the real world are included on each page, providing a firm anchor to history. The book is set up like an encyclopedia, making it easy to look up each year you may be interested in. I, being the sort of reader that I am, chose to read it straight through from cover to cover. I made it one of my “project” books for this year, taking all twelve months to make my way through it, generally at a pace of covering two to three chapters/years each week during the year. This has been a great experience for me and I have certainly learned a vast amount about DC Comics. Many people these days feel the need to choose between DC or Marvel, and it seems most pick a side and stick to it. Not me. Whether we are talking about comics, movies, or television shows, I am comfortable with both as well as material from other companies. In fact, I already have the equivalent volume to this one, covering the history of Marvel Comics lined up to go for next year.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sherri

    Very cool.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    This is a good encyclopedia of DC comics year by year, illustrated all the way through. It starts in the 1930s and continues to the summer of 2014. It is very heavy on Superman and Batman (of course) followed by Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Arrow, and Green Lantern. It's interesting following the story lines through all the years and all the universes, going through the shake-ups and the reinvented origins of the superheroes, not to mention their deaths and resurrections and imposters. As it is This is a good encyclopedia of DC comics year by year, illustrated all the way through. It starts in the 1930s and continues to the summer of 2014. It is very heavy on Superman and Batman (of course) followed by Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Arrow, and Green Lantern. It's interesting following the story lines through all the years and all the universes, going through the shake-ups and the reinvented origins of the superheroes, not to mention their deaths and resurrections and imposters. As it is written by DC, they definitely "toot their own horn" so to speak, but that's to be expected. They do admit when a character or series didn't make it or weren't popular with fans. They do talk about the ups and downs of the comics world through the 20th century into today. Of most interest to me were the minor characters of the DC universe and the Vertigo comics line. Yes, I wish they would have spent more time on those comics but Vertigo has it's own encyclopedia which I am reading. I did like the blurbs on the bottom of the pages telling about the current events of the real world as these comics were being written. Also, the writers and artists of each comic that was featured were mentioned and that was appreciated. I was surprised by the many typos in this book. Not the kind of book I figure would have that many mistakes. Also, the original encyclopedia must have come out a few years ago. In a series from 2006, they would say "scheduled for a 5 year run". Not sure if it made it that far. You could tell that the later chapters were added as they happened without any editing of the previous year's pages. Still, that's a minor quibble and this book had me fascinated for days. It's a heavy tome! Hard to fit on my lap to read. I kept it on a pillow but it still made my arms and legs go numb. I tried reading it on a table, but that got old pretty quick. Recommended for DC comics fans and those trying to figure out why there is more than one Green Lantern, more than one Green Arrow, more than one Flash. . . .

  4. 4 out of 5

    Richard Zaric

    If you are a DC fan you will appreciate this thick, large, glossy coffee table book that highlights the history of one of comics' most important companies, right from it's origins in the mid-'30s when the medium was it's its infancy all the way to 2015. And is it heavy! It comes with a hard-cover slipcase. You can knock someone out with this book if you whacked them on the head. My edition features a glossy Jim Lee print that fits in an sleeve on the inside front cover. It's the same image of Sup If you are a DC fan you will appreciate this thick, large, glossy coffee table book that highlights the history of one of comics' most important companies, right from it's origins in the mid-'30s when the medium was it's its infancy all the way to 2015. And is it heavy! It comes with a hard-cover slipcase. You can knock someone out with this book if you whacked them on the head. My edition features a glossy Jim Lee print that fits in an sleeve on the inside front cover. It's the same image of Superman that's on the front cover, which makes me wonder if other copies of the book feature the other character adorned on the cover? The book itself is presented chronologically by decade. Each year is given two or four pages with the earlier years almost all being just 2 pages while the last several decades are all four pages per year. I would have preferred more detail on the earlier years and it's the early years I found most interesting when DC tried publishing different genres. There was a time when superhero comics weren't the top sellers. I found the discussion in 195os and 1960s areas most interesting, especially when contrasted with how comics are today. The entire 'Seduction of the Innocent' era was a fascinating time. Each year contains entries for comics that were of interest at that time, so along the way the reader learns about key #1s, first appearances and other notables. From time to time there is a two-page spread highlight particularly important events in DC's history. Examples include the growth of western-themes books in the '50s, the introduction of the New Teen Titan in the '80s or 'Crisis on Infinite Earths.' Of course, being a book dedicated to the celebration of comic books would not be complete without stunning visuals, usually comic book covers. I also like the glossary at the back. I more appreciated the earlier portions of the book, especially DC's early history. It might be partially because I'm not as familiar with the company's beginnings, but I think part of it is because there was more diversity in types of titles. The later years are almost all dominated by superhero titles. The book bogs down around the late '80s and early '90s when there seems to be a repetitiveness about what DC was offering. While the DC events (Crisis, etc) are covered in detail, I wonder if fans began to lose interested. I got the impression that all the big events blended into each other. You really notice it in this book as they are discussed in just about every year. If you are looking for a critical examination of anything DC had released, you won't find it here. This book is strictly a celebration of everything they had published. There is the occasional 'this story was controversial,' but that's as far as it goes. As you know, not everything DC had produced is considered a gem. Still, I found this book more enjoyable that the similar Spider-Man Chronicles. It must be because the DC book looks at the entire company, not just one character.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marvin

    Did you know that dc created their own mickey mouse chronological then, you should read Dc Comics A Visual History Updated edition to find out more about it. It talks a lot about your favorite superheroes and background of the creation. Dc Comics A Visual History Updated edition was written by multiple people, for example, Matthew K Manning, Alan Cowsill, Alexander C. Irvine, Mike McAvennie, Daniel Wallace. It is an informational graphic novel of your favorite superhero The book goes in detail Did you know that dc created their own mickey mouse chronological then, you should read Dc Comics A Visual History Updated edition to find out more about it. It talks a lot about your favorite superheroes and background of the creation. Dc Comics A Visual History Updated edition was written by multiple people, for example, Matthew K Manning, Alan Cowsill, Alexander C. Irvine, Mike McAvennie, Daniel Wallace. It is an informational graphic novel of your favorite superhero The book goes in detail about how the company starts to present. The book is like an encyclopedia of chronological order from previous to now. For example, Dc was not the original name it was National Allied Publication, but eventually, evolve to what we know them as today Dc or Detective Comic. It also in a sense written like a graphic novel because of all the comic sketch with a footnote describing the comics and when created. It has a great index to help you identify the of your topic. But sadly it does not have any glossary because I had a hard time with some word. In my opinion the author's intent to give not just a full summary of dc history but want to give information on every important event through seventy-five of Dc comics information event. As they started from 8 in the second paragraph it states “this book isn’t just a brief history. ” They also consider Dc comic as Americans greatest, longest comic book publisher. For example on page 8 in the second paragraph, it states "Americans greatest and longest running comic publisher: month by month. " In my opinion, I think the book is great and that Dc comic is one of the greatest comic, longest. I love reading the book because it has a lot of knowledge who is recently got into the comic at the age of 10 years. To get to know the unknown like the beginning to know dc comic was also fun. I didn't like how it did not have a glossary to lookup word with was a struggled. But overall it was good and a blast reading Dc comics A visual History Updated edition.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Absolutely beautiful book about the history of DC comics, year by year (up until 2014). This thing is a treasure trove of artwork and stories. It weighs about 20 pounds, comes in a slipcase, and is is a book I will love forever. I am a huge fan of DC comics (even as I admit that Marvel movies are superior to DC movies), and reading the origin stories, as well as the many, many permutations in the evolution of my superhero friends, was wonderful. I could not have enjoyed a book more than I did th Absolutely beautiful book about the history of DC comics, year by year (up until 2014). This thing is a treasure trove of artwork and stories. It weighs about 20 pounds, comes in a slipcase, and is is a book I will love forever. I am a huge fan of DC comics (even as I admit that Marvel movies are superior to DC movies), and reading the origin stories, as well as the many, many permutations in the evolution of my superhero friends, was wonderful. I could not have enjoyed a book more than I did this one.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kelvin Reed

    I enjoyed "DC Comics: A Visual History: Updated Edition," a heavy, 10.5 x 12.5, 376-page book. It’s a definitive history of the vast DC empire, showcasing its modest origins, beginning in 1935—before it was “DC”—and presenting its subsequent reinventions and ventures into numerous enterprises including various publishing formats, radio, TV, movies, merchandising, and the Internet. Naming every writer and illustrator of each featured comic slowed the flow of the narrative, but the artwork is fasc I enjoyed "DC Comics: A Visual History: Updated Edition," a heavy, 10.5 x 12.5, 376-page book. It’s a definitive history of the vast DC empire, showcasing its modest origins, beginning in 1935—before it was “DC”—and presenting its subsequent reinventions and ventures into numerous enterprises including various publishing formats, radio, TV, movies, merchandising, and the Internet. Naming every writer and illustrator of each featured comic slowed the flow of the narrative, but the artwork is fascinating. Strongly recommended.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gary Pilkington

    While it isn't a complete catalog of all DC comics from the earliest imprints, this book does give you a really well done, year-by-year breakdown of a good deal of what was published in any given year. I'm not a fan of large format, coffee table books, but this particular one is really well done and should be considered a must purchase for all but the most obsessive DC fan. It would make a wonderful Christmas gift... just sayin'!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Paul Roof

    Loved it

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  18. 4 out of 5

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