75 Years of DC Comics

The Art of Modern Mythmaking

Author: Paul Levitz

Publisher: Taschen America Llc

ISBN: 9783836519816

Category: Art

Page: 719

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Super heroes from the Atom to Zatara: 75 years of DC Comics In 1935, DC Comics founder Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson published New Fun No. 1, the first comic book with all-new, original material—at a time when comic books were mere repositories for the castoffs 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. More than 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. More than 2,000 images—covers and interiors, original illustrations, photographs, film stills, and collectibles—are reproduced using the latest technology to bring the story lines, the characters, and their creators to vibrant life as they've never been seen before. Telling the tales behind the tomes is 38-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. Year-by-year timelines that fold out to nearly four feet and biographies of the legends who built DC make this an invaluable reference for any comic book fan. The 2nd printing of this book is now available. The second printing has a blue cloth cover under the jacket instead of red. We cannot guarantee which edition will be shipped.
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The Silver Age of DC Comics, 1956-1970

Author: Paul Levitz

Publisher: Taschen America Llc

ISBN: 9783836535762

Category: Art

Page: 395

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Collects original comic book artwork that depicts the 1950s science fiction rebirth of DC Comics' most significant characters, a time that "rebooted" the Flash, Green Lantern, and Hawkman, and was the impetus for the Batman television series.
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75 Years of Marvel Comics

From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen

Author: Roy Thomas

Publisher: Taschen

ISBN: 9783836548458

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 711

View: 2832

A mighty history: Building the House of Ideas From the very first issue of pulp impresario Martin Goodman's Marvel Comics in 1939, the comic book creators of Marvel's Golden Age flipped the traditional fantasy script by placing the inhuman and the invincible into the real world. With the likes of the fiery android Human Torch, vengeful sea prince Sub-Mariner, and pip-squeak-turned-paragon Captain America, Marvel created a mythological universe grounded in a world that readers recognize as close to their own, brimming with humor and heartache. In the early 1960s, this audacious approach launched the creation of heroes who have since become household names—Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, the Avengers, Thor, the X-Men—the list goes on. Fans still celebrate it as the Marvel Age of comics, an era populated by a pantheon of bickering heroes, misunderstood monsters, and noble villains. In celebration of Marvel's 75th anniversary, TASCHEN presents a magnum opus of the most influential comic book publisher today, with an inside look not only at its celebrated characters, but also at the "bullpen" of architects whose names are almost as familiar as the protagonists they brought to life—Stan “the Man” Lee, Jack “King” Kirby, along with a roster of greats like Steve Ditko, John Romita, John Buscema, Marie Severin, and countless others. With essays by comics historian and former Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas, this book delves into the heart of thousands of costumed characters who continue to fight the good fight in comics, movies, and toy aisles of the world. The XL-format book includes: • More than 700 pages of near 2,000 images including vintage comic books, one-of-a-kind original art, behind-the-scenes photographs and film stills, as well as rare toys and collectibles • A four-foot accordion-fold timeline, suitable for framing! • Biographies of more than 300 artists, writers, editors, and famous fans who helped shape Marvel's history © MARVEL
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The Marvel Age of Comics 1961-1978

Author: Roy Thomas

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783836567763

Category: Comic books, strips, etc

Page: 400

View: 8157

The Marvel of Age of Comics: 1961-1978 takes you through nearly two decades of titanic creativity by Marvel's architects. Fans still celebrate the House of Ideas for its pantheon of "heroes with problems," misunderstood monsters, and noble villains who populated a world readers recognized as close to their own. The Marvel Age of Comics is a behind-the-scenes treasure trove, curated from TASCHEN's 75 years of Marvel Comics, including hundreds of images and insider insights to explore the making of these groundbreaking heroes and the legendary writers and artists who brought them to life.--book jacket
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The Golden Age of DC Comics 1935-1956

Author: Paul Levitz,Josh Baker

Publisher: Taschen America Llc

ISBN: 9783836535731

Category: Art

Page: 415

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"In June of 1938, Action Comics debuted with a new kind of comic book character on its cover: A costumed man with two identities, who possesed extraordinary strength and powers, a man able to protect the public when ordinary measures would not do. He wasnot the first super hero, but the Man of Steel would become the protoype for all super heroes thereafter. Superman's story, and those of Batman, Wonder Woman, and hundreds of other DC Comics chacters are all told inThe Golden Age of DC Comics. The singlemost comprehensive book on the subject, this volume traces the company's first decades, from its pulp origins up to the comic book burnings of the McCarthy '50s in over 400 pages bursting with comics, art, comics, photographs, and more comics. Plus an exclusive interview with legendary Sgt. Rock/Hawkman artist Joe Kubert!."--Dust jacket.
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The Little Book of Superman

Author: Taschen,Paul Levitz

Publisher: Taschen

ISBN: 9783836520119

Category:

Page: 192

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The Man of Tomorrow: The shining hope of the DC Universe Since first appearing in Action Comics No. 1 in April 1938, Superman has stood as the pre-eminent symbol of truth and justice. Captivating minds for over 75 years, the Last Son of Krypton has appeared in thousands of comic books, cartoons, TV shows, and movies. His tragic beginning led to a life as an outsider, fighting for his adopted home while securing his standing as humanity's iconic protector and champion. With 192 pages of the best images of the Man of Steel and text by Paul Levitz, author of the Eisner Award-winning 75 Years of DC Comics, The Little Book of Superman is your definitive guide to the biggest Super Hero of them all. DC Comics characters and all elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. (s15)
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Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel

Author: Paul Levitz

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 1613128649

Category: Art

Page: 224

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Will Eisner (1917–2005) is universally considered the master of comics storytelling, best known for The Spirit, his iconic newspaper comic strip, and A Contract With God, the first significant graphic novel. This seminal work from 1978 ushered in a new era of personal stories in comics form that touched every adult topic from mortality to religion and sexuality, forever changing the way writers and artists approached comics storytelling. Noted historian Paul Levitz celebrates Eisner by showcasing his most famous work along­side unpublished and rare materials from the family archives. Also included are original interviews with creators such as Jules Feiffer, Art Spiegelman, Scott McCloud, Jeff Smith, Denis Kitchen, and Neil Gaiman—all of whom knew Eisner and were inspired by his work to create their own graphic novels for a new generation of readers. NOTE: The cover is a high-quality photographic reproduction of Eisner's original art. The design intentionally reveals tape and other stray markings that are part of the artist's process and reflect the age of the artifact that was photographed.
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Superheroes!

Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture

Author: Laurence Maslon,Michael Kantor

Publisher: Crown Books

ISBN: 9780385348584

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 304

View: 8620

A tie-in to a PBS documentary series explores the seventy-year history of the superheroes who have engaged fans for generations, drawing on interviews with leading contributors to examine the culture and context of the superhero.
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The Little Book of X-Men

Author: Roy Thomas

Publisher: Taschen

ISBN: 9783836567848

Category:

Page: 192

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The Rise of the Mutants The X factor of the Marvel Universe They debuted in 1963, but weren't the instant sensations that the Fantastic Four or Spider-Man had been; twenty years later, they were the most exciting (or x-citing!) property in comics. Fans couldn't get enough of Wolverine! Storm! Cyclops! Beast! Nightcrawler! Jean Grey! Not to mention Professor X, and his nemesis, Magneto! The X-Men brought a level of nuance and storytelling sophistication that hadn't been seen in mainstream comics, and now, with thousands of comics, and ten feature films to date, the X-Men have cemented their place as one of the greatest super hero teams in history. With 192 pages of images, and text by Roy Thomas, The Little Book of the X-Men will be your favorite guide to comics' greatest mutant team! Text in English, French, and German
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Rise of the Superheroes

Greatest Silver Age Comic Books and Characters

Author: David Tosh

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781440248160

Category: Comic books, strips, etc

Page: 176

View: 4210

Rise of the Superheroes--Greatest Silver Age Comic Books and Characters is a visual and entertaining adventure exploring one of the most popular and significant eras of comic book history. From 1956 to 1970, the era gave us Spider-Man, The Avengers, X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man and a flurry of other unforgettable and formidable characters. The Silver Age redefined and immortalized superheroes as the massive pop culture titans they are today.--Provided by Publisher.
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The Little Book of Hulk

Author: Roy Thomas

Publisher: Taschen

ISBN: 9783836567855

Category:

Page: 192

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Return of the Monster! The life and times of the green goliath In 1962, he was created by exposure to gamma radiation in Incredible Hulk No. 1. Though it took a few years for him to develop his now-famous personality, he was nonetheless a weapon of destruction from that first appearance. Not only did the Hulk fight anyone who got in his way, but his alter ego, Bruce Banner, fought the multiple personality disorder that transformed him, spawning many other versions of the Hulk, each of whom were aspects of Bruce's personality. Despite that, the Hulk took down the Leader, the Abomination, and Wolverine, among hundreds of other great villains. The star of a smash-hit TV show, two blockbuster movies, and hundreds of great comics, he's one of the most instantly recognizable characters in the world. With 192 pages of images, and text by Roy Thomas, The Little Book of the Hulk will be an indispensable guide to comics' most savage hero Text in English, French, and German ©MARVEL
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The Little Book of Iron Man

Author: Roy Thomas

Publisher: Taschen

ISBN: 9783836567862

Category:

Page: 192

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He made his debut in 1963, in Tales of Suspense No. 39, wearing a cumbersome gray exoskeleton that looked more like a robot than a man. After a re-design, he became an integral member of the Avengers, and he fought evil at every turn ... as well as intense personal demons. More than fifty years and countless comics adventures later, Iron Man became a box-office smash, and one of the most popular super heroes in the world. With 192 pages of images, and text by Roy Thomas, The Little Book of Iron Man will be your favorite guide to comics' greatest armored hero !© MARVEL
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The Art of the Funnies

An Aesthetic History

Author: Robert C. Harvey

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9780878056743

Category: Architecture

Page: 252

View: 752

Exploration of the comic strip for elements that make the funnies one of the most appealing of the popular arts
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Here, there, and everywhere

the foreign politics of American popular culture

Author: Reinhold Wagnleitner,Elaine Tyler May

Publisher: Univ Pr of New England

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 356

View: 4539

Essays analyzing the stunning global success of American popular culture from Buffalo Bill's Wild West Shows to the Internet as the new American frontier.
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Marvel Comics

75 Years of Cover Art

Author: Alan Cowsill,DK Publishing,Adi Granov

Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)

ISBN: 9781465420404

Category: Art

Page: 320

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Celebrating the greatest cover art over Marvel Comics' 75-year history. Showcasing the most striking, inspiring and unusual comic cover art in Marvel's 75-year history. Marvel Comics Cover Art reveals a gallery of iconic covers featuring all your favourite super heroes from Spider-Man and Iron Man to the Avengers. Created in full collaboration with Marvel Comics this beautiful poster book is perfect for any avid Marvel fan.
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DC Comics Before Superman: Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's Pulp Comics

Author: Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson,Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781613451649

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 192

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Before Batman and Superman were even a glimmer in Bill Finger and Jerry Siegel's eyes, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson created National Allied Publications, which would then go on to become DC Comics; one of the largest comic publishers in the world. Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson (the Major's granddaughter and noted comics historian) will contribute a historical essay that provides an in depth look at the formation of National Allied Publications and the man behind New Fun, New Comics, and other memorable original comics that predated DC Comics' inception. Other contributions include an intro by Jim Steranko (Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and an afterward by comics historian Tom Andrae. All the comics included in this tome have been painstakingly reproduced and repaired to show how they would have looked back in the 1930s; and also included are all the pulps that the comics were based on! This groundbreaking book explores the history of DC Comics before it became the behemoth we know today; the pulp stories that formed the basis for all the different kinds of comics that exist today. Titles included in this historical reprint include Barry O'Neill and Fang Gow (script- Wheeler-Nicholson; art- Leo O'Mealia), Blood Pearls (script- Wheeler-Nicholson; art- Munson Paddock), Foe of the Borgias (script and art- Sven Elven), The Golden Dragon (script and art- Tom Hickey) and more!
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DC Comics Variant Covers

The Complete Visual History

Author: Daniel Wallace

Publisher: Insight Editions

ISBN: 9781608878321

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 184

View: 1711

For the first time ever, explore the complete visual history of DC Comics variant comic book covers in this amazing collection. DC Comics cover art is some of the most celebrated in the world, from the first appearance of Superman in Action Comics #1 to the iconic covers that adorn classics such as Batman: The Killing Joke and Watchmen. Fans of comic book cover art have also come to relish a phenomenon that began in 1986 with the first issue of The Man of Steel, which featured two different covers from artist John Byrne. The notion of so-called “variant covers” caught on and has now become a regular part of DC Comics’ diverse output, with a wildly creative set of alternate covers being created for many key issues. Now you can explore the world of these alternative works of art with DC Comics Variant Covers: The Complete Visual History, which showcases some of the finest and most famous variant covers ever produced, with insight into the design process from leading comic artists and industry experts. Featuring an astounding collection of covers featuring DC Comics’ remarkable characters, including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Cyborg, The Flash, and more, DC Comics Variant Covers: The Complete Visual History is the perfect gift for casual fans and comic book aficionados alike. All DC characters and elements © & ™ DC Comics. (s16)
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The Flash: A Celebration of 75 Years

Author: Geoff Johns,Gardner Fox,John Broome

Publisher: DC

ISBN: 140125733X

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: N.A

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He is a scientist. He is a family man. He is a master of momentum. He is one of the world's greatest superheroes. He cannot be outrun. He is the FlashÉ and he is the Fastest Man Alive. Jary Garrick first sped onto the scene in 1940 and in the three-quarters of a century since his earliest super-speedster adventures, Barry Allen and Wally West have carried on wearing the symbol of the yellow lightning bolt as the Flash combating evil throughout Keystone City, Central City, the multiverse, and time itself. From his fleet-footed debut by Gardner Fox and Harry Lampert to his modern fiery forms by Mark Waid, Geoff Johns and Francis Manupal, THE FLASH: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS collects the stories of the Scarlet Speedsters' heroics at hypervelocity, from such legendary comic talents as Robert Kanigher, Carmine Infantino, John Broome, Len Wein, Cary Bates, Irv Novick, George Perez, William Messner-Loebs, Mike Wieringo, Scott Kollins, Ethan Van Sciver and more.
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The Animé Art of Hayao Miyazaki

Author: Dani Cavallaro

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786451297

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 212

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The thought-provoking, aesthetically pleasing animated films of Hayao Miyazaki attract audiences well beyond the director’s native Japan. Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away were critically acclaimed upon U.S. release, and the earlier My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service have found popularity with Americans on DVD. This critical study of Miyazaki’s work begins with an analysis of the visual conventions of manga, Japanese comic books, and animé; an overview of Japanese animated films; and a consideration of the techniques deployed by both traditional cel and computer animation. This section also details Miyazaki’s early forays into comic books and animation, and his output prior to his founding of Studio Ghibli. Part Two concentrates on the Studio Ghibli era, outlining the company’s development and analyzing the director’s productions between 1984 and 2004, including Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro and his newest film, Howl’s Moving Castle. The second section also discusses other productions involving Studio Ghibli, including Grave of the Fireflies and The Cat Returns. Appendices supply additional information about Studio Ghibli’s merchandise production, Miyazaki’s global fan base, and the output of other Ghibli directors.
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