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DC Comics: The 75th Anniversary Poster Book celebrates the storied publisher’s anniversary with a compilation of the most influential and awesome comic book covers.” –Nylon For Guys

DC Comics obsessives will give it up for a new collection of the 100 most notable, impressive, and strange covers from the company’s vast archives. DC Comics: The 75th Anniversary Poster Book.”—Penthouse

About the Author

Robert Schnakenberg has written extensively on science fiction and is the author of numerous comic books, including the acclaimed Michelle Obama: Year One.  He lives in New York City. Paul Levitz has worked at DC Comics for more than thirty years, most recently as publisher and president, and is currently writing a new Legion of Super-Heroes comic book series.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; 1St Edition edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594744629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594744624
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.7 x 14 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Schnakenberg has been called "the Howard Zinn of nerd pop culture." He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray, Old Man Drinks, Christopher Walken A-to-Z, Secret Lives of Great Authors, and The Encyclopedia Shatnerica. His work has appeared in Penthouse.

"Schnakenberg is the clown prince of American letters!"
--Jack Canfora, playwright, author of Jericho

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D.D TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 22, 2010
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This is a fantastic 75th anniversary book to help celebrate DC Comics. The book contains 100 ready to frame posters, with additional covers of the series mentioned on the back of the posters. The ready to frame posters are perforated and tear right out of the book. They measure about 13 x 11. The covers look like scans of the vintage comics, and some show their age. I guess they decided to show comic covers with creases to depict the age of the comic. I enjoy that better than having them digitally airbrushed. It looks more like a piece of classic art. If you are hesitant in buying the book because you don't know what ready to frame covers there are inside, here is the list of the 100 covers in the order they show up in the book.

1.New Fun #1 (1935)
2.Detective COmics #11 (1938)
3.Action Comics #1 (1938)
4.Detective COmics #27 (1939)
5.Superman #1 (1939)
6. Adventure Comics #40 (1939)
7. Detective Comics #31 (1939)
8.Action Comics #19 (1939)
9.Flash Comics #1 (1940)
10.Batman #1 (1940)
11.Action Comics #27 (1940)
12.World's Finest Comics #3 (1941)
13.Green Lantern #1 (1941)
14.Sensation Comics #1 (1942)
15.Superman #14 (1942)
16.All American COmics #51 (1943)
17.Sensation Comics #38 (1945)
18.Superman #57 (1949)
19.Mr. District Attorney #12 (1950)
20.Sensation Comics #109 (1952)
21.Our Army at War #20 (1954)
22.Mystery in Space #22 (1954)
23.Superboy #55 (1957)
24.Strange Adventures #79 (1957)
25.Showcase #12 (1958)
26.Adventure Comics #247 (1958_
27.Leave it to Binky #60 (1958)
28.Tales of the Unexpected #33 (1959)
29. Strange Adventures #100 (1959)
30. Action Comics #252 (1959)
31. Action Comics #255 (1959)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Matthews on September 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm now the coolest guy in my house.

I was most intrigued by this book's seeming inclusion of so many of the classic, even iconic DC covers over the last 75 years. It includes 100 covers (in a ready to frame size and perforated for removal it that is your goal), and they move along at approximately a cover per year (though not adhered to rigorously, and the extra covers make it possible to slow down during the epic times). Each cover has an explanation on the back that informs of the date, artist, and all of the significant surrounding facts about the cover, with two other smaller covers that provide context.

But the fun was only beginning when I opened it up at home. I was able to show my wife some of the more "fun" moments in DC history -- she love "groovy" Emma Peel Wonder Woman from 1968, and got a snicker out of little Speedy and his heroin needle when DC "attacks youth's greatest problem . . . DRUGS!"

But the kids like it a whole lot more than I was anticipating. They sat on the bed and lovingly turned the pages over and over, and have carried all around the house. The giant pages really pop and make them want to ask questions about Krypto or Jimmy Olsen. They tend to be much more fascinated by the older covers than the more recent ones.

Most of all, this book does a good job of combining the "essentials," the must have covers from DC history, but also the more odd ones that make for good conversation with comic book fans as well as "civilians."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BMJ2K on October 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
I think this was a very nice selection of covers, covering the scope of the history of DC. My main problem is that DC printed these "suitable for framing" posters on flat matte paper. They would have looked much better glossy, though I'm not sure how badly that would have affected the price. DC also printed many of the covers from straight scans of the books, leaving many golden age covers faded, with wrinkles and missing edges, looking less than perfect. DC should have performed some simple work to make these older covers look vibrant and new.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Small on September 5, 2010
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This collection of poster-size covers from DC Comics' storied history leans heavily on the Golden and Silver Ages and breezes through the more recent past. I appreciate the efforts to include overlooked genres (e.g., licensed titles such as Mr. District Attorney, teen titles such as Binky and the romance titles), but was surprised at the dearth of more recent work (the Vertigo Doom Patrol, the 5YL Legion, George Perez's WW, most of the JLA's history) and odd selections for others (like a Superman/Demon cover for Action to represent Byrne's revamp). It also looks like the book purposely avoided iconic covers by Adams, Hughes, etc., to avoid competing with recent books of those artists' work -- a misstep for a book aimed at casual readers interested in seeing the best of the company's history.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Gale on November 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
Before I discuss the content, a few words about the quality of the book...

100 covers are reproduced in a large format (9" x 13.5") on each right hand page of the book. On the back of each is a paragraph about that cover, along with 2 much smaller reproductions (2.5" x 4") of related covers. Each page is scored so it can be removed and be hung on a wall. The printing is flat matte finish, not glossy.

The good news is that the large format is great, and it's nice to see the covers presented larger than actual size. The bad news is that it appears that the covers are direct scans of books from someone's collections and at least 20% of them are in less than fine condition. So we see a lot of creases, stains and a few other aberrations that could have been cleaned up with photoshop or simply wouldn't have been there at all if better originals had been used. (As a glaring example, in the very brief introduction, Paul Levitz discusses the significance that 1963's Justice League #21 had on his life, but the reproduction of that cover is one of the worst presented.) The newer covers look best and many have been reproduced without the UPC code; others look muddy with poor color separation and questionable contrast. There is an index of the covers, but it's basically useless because there are no page numbers in the book, so good luck finding the one you're looking for! And despite the fact that the physical dimensions of comics changed over the years, all of the covers are presented in identical size, which means many of the covers are a bit cropped. Would it have been so hard to present the covers in their original dimensions? Finally, the flat matte reproduction negates the colorful snap that these covers had on the newsstand.
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