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In 1935, popular culture was transformed forever when DC published its first book of all-new, all-original comic material. To the delight of millions of kids everywhere, the modern comic book was born. With the introduction of Superman in 1938. DC Comics made history again, this time with the publication of the first super hero comic book. To this day, the Man of Steel rem In 1935, popular culture was transformed forever when DC published its first book of all-new, all-original comic material. To the delight of millions of kids everywhere, the modern comic book was born. With the introduction of Superman in 1938. DC Comics made history again, this time with the publication of the first super hero comic book. To this day, the Man of Steel remains the most recognized and celebrated hero in the world. Inspired by its innovative early success, DC went on to create legions of other superheores -- Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, and dozens more of the most popular comic book characters ever created. In the sixty years since the first super heroes wer ecreated, the artists, writers, and editors of DC Comics have been developing, refining and extending the reach of their comic book characters. The DC fictional world has branched into a worldwide profusion of entertainment formats: books, toys, movies, radio, television, videogames, and an online computer network. Here, for the very first time, is the complete story of America's favorite heroes and their talented, dedicated creators. In over 100 short and spirited essays, author Les Daniels offers remarkable new anecdotes about the company's history, traces the complex genealogies of the characters, describes behind-the-scenes politics that influence the stories, and interviews dozens of artists and writers -- the real stars of his engrossing tales. The reader can open the book anywhere and become immersed immediately in the fantasy world of high adventure and magical mayhem.


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In 1935, popular culture was transformed forever when DC published its first book of all-new, all-original comic material. To the delight of millions of kids everywhere, the modern comic book was born. With the introduction of Superman in 1938. DC Comics made history again, this time with the publication of the first super hero comic book. To this day, the Man of Steel rem In 1935, popular culture was transformed forever when DC published its first book of all-new, all-original comic material. To the delight of millions of kids everywhere, the modern comic book was born. With the introduction of Superman in 1938. DC Comics made history again, this time with the publication of the first super hero comic book. To this day, the Man of Steel remains the most recognized and celebrated hero in the world. Inspired by its innovative early success, DC went on to create legions of other superheores -- Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, and dozens more of the most popular comic book characters ever created. In the sixty years since the first super heroes wer ecreated, the artists, writers, and editors of DC Comics have been developing, refining and extending the reach of their comic book characters. The DC fictional world has branched into a worldwide profusion of entertainment formats: books, toys, movies, radio, television, videogames, and an online computer network. Here, for the very first time, is the complete story of America's favorite heroes and their talented, dedicated creators. In over 100 short and spirited essays, author Les Daniels offers remarkable new anecdotes about the company's history, traces the complex genealogies of the characters, describes behind-the-scenes politics that influence the stories, and interviews dozens of artists and writers -- the real stars of his engrossing tales. The reader can open the book anywhere and become immersed immediately in the fantasy world of high adventure and magical mayhem.

30 review for DC Comics: Sixty Years of the World's Favorite Comic Book Heroes

  1. 4 out of 5

    D.M.

    Despite being by the same authour and being on a similar topic, this book is a different animal from Daniels' Marvel history. While that was a straight chronological history, with the obligatory touchstones of characters and titles, this follows DC's history in a more thematic way. Each section examines what was happening to the company at a certain point in time by exploring the books it was publishing, the characters it was producing and the people it was employing. Also, this book works more Despite being by the same authour and being on a similar topic, this book is a different animal from Daniels' Marvel history. While that was a straight chronological history, with the obligatory touchstones of characters and titles, this follows DC's history in a more thematic way. Each section examines what was happening to the company at a certain point in time by exploring the books it was publishing, the characters it was producing and the people it was employing. Also, this book works more as a collection of almost independent 2-page essays on a unifying concept than as a continuous historical narrative. Not a bad read, really, and just about the right length (and depth) for a reader of slightly more than casual interest like me. Its shortcomings are few, far as I'm concerned: a bit too much information on some items that could've been lumped with others (I didn't really need more than one section on the Reeve Superman movies, or even the then-more-recent Batman movies, or on the various merchandise that has been created on DC licensing over the decades -- a few photos would've done the job); the coverage of films tended to lapse almost immediately into criticism, while that of comics rarely did; and too often particular images/issues/characters were discussed, but without an accompanying picture (while other times there were pictures that seemed to be just taking up space). I'd recommend this for comics fans, but not for diehard DC buffs or for people with only a passing interest in comics in general.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Penny

    This book was a super resource when it came to the history of DC, as well as the history of super heroes and comics in general! Each spread was dedicated to a different significant event in DC's history. Whether it was comics, merchandise, films or television, page are splashed with excellent photos and chock full of information. The index is incredibly comprehensive and very handy if you are looking for something (or someone) specific. The book covers a lot of ground without coming across as a This book was a super resource when it came to the history of DC, as well as the history of super heroes and comics in general! Each spread was dedicated to a different significant event in DC's history. Whether it was comics, merchandise, films or television, page are splashed with excellent photos and chock full of information. The index is incredibly comprehensive and very handy if you are looking for something (or someone) specific. The book covers a lot of ground without coming across as a boring history book. The only problem I had with it was that it wasn't in chronological order. Events were grouped together but not in order by date. Other than that I highly recommend it as a keeper for any DC fan!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Mae

    One of the most fascinating books I've read! Quite reasonably priced, and featuring a very nicely written history of the characters, writers and artists of DC Comics, this volume is highly recommended to anyone who would love to learn more about the breadth and scope of this epic universe. As a Marvelite, I had a very basic knowledge of the DC U, but now I know the differences between the three Flashes, the JLA and JSA, the various Robins and much more! One of the most fascinating books I've read! Quite reasonably priced, and featuring a very nicely written history of the characters, writers and artists of DC Comics, this volume is highly recommended to anyone who would love to learn more about the breadth and scope of this epic universe. As a Marvelite, I had a very basic knowledge of the DC U, but now I know the differences between the three Flashes, the JLA and JSA, the various Robins and much more!

  4. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    This was a fun book of information about the characters and events of the DC Universe.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael P.

    Enjoyable if superficial history of DC comics. The best part of this book are the illustrations.

  6. 4 out of 5

    bluetyson

    isbn,original

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Pretty good for any comic book lover. 3 stars only because DC doesn't have my favorite heroes. Pretty good for any comic book lover. 3 stars only because DC doesn't have my favorite heroes.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    This is a really awesome, image-heavy history of DC comics characters. Not so much as a coffee table book as it is a serious (although not text-heavy) history for semi-fans of DC greats.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amira Esmat

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tony Kornkven

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jared Millet

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cory

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kev

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tom

  16. 4 out of 5

    Phillip Low

  17. 5 out of 5

    Phillip Lozano

  18. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Wright

  19. 5 out of 5

    Richard Gombert

  20. 4 out of 5

    Keith

  21. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chuck

  23. 5 out of 5

    Steven

  24. 4 out of 5

    George Khoury

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Thompson

  26. 5 out of 5

    Troy Pugsley

  27. 5 out of 5

    Connie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mark Aberdeen

  30. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

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