75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking

My first exposure to Art and Literature was via comic books, whose unique combination of words and pictures makes it another thing altogether, but that's another story.

Paul Levitz started working for DC comics as a teenager, and eventually became editor, responsible for the monthly output of some of the world's most popular characters, and for maintaining that most complex of eco-systems: DC's "continuity".

What? You've never heard of DC comics? Well you most surely have heard of Superman and Batman?

You could be forgiven for not knowing these guys, although they happen to be among my own personal favourites.

  • Green Arrow (or "Arrow, as he is known in the current TV series) - an incredibly skilled crime-fighting archer
  • Green Lantern - nothing in common with Green Arrow, although they hang out a lot. Former test pilot who gets powers from an alien ring. He is now an intergalactic cop, in charge of sector 357, which includes Earth.
  • Wonder Woman - Amazon warrior, flies an invisible plane, has a magic lasso which makes people tell the truth.
  • Flash - the fastest man alive.
  • Atom - the smallest man alive.

This massive tome (seriously, it weighs 18lbs or 9kg) is an authoritative look at this world from somebody who has lived and breathed it all his adult life.

75 Years Of DC Comics: The Art Of Modern Mythmaking

" 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.

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."
- (from the product description).