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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen America (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836535734
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836535731
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 9.7 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Paul Levitz's 75 Years of DC Comics is the best present you could buy a comics buff besides a mint first issue of Action Comics..." (The Hollywood Reporter)"

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Paul Levitz is a comic book fan who has worked as editor/publisher of The Comic Reader, editor of the Batman titles and others, writer of more than 300 stories—including an acclaimed run on Legion of Super-Heroes—and a DC Comics executive, finishing his 38-year stint with the company as President and Publisher. He returned to writing in 2010 with a new series of Legion stories and other projects.

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Get this book, even if your not a comic fan, it's an intersting book to read.
William Jackson
A comparison by the way of the front and back covers of the 75 Years book shows they have been alternated for the Golden age book.
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This is an excellent book, both in content and the quality of its publishing.
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122 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Modrnknght on March 24, 2013
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First, a few words about the previous Paul Levitz book, "75 Years of DC Comics." Those of us who have purchased it know that it is a humongous book that you need a forklift to pick up. In its 12 x 16" size and almost 20 pounds, a solid coffee table was needed to support it. The book, as the title suggested, covered the entire history of DC Comics...and was very expensive.

Now, Taschen Publishing has issued a smaller book based on the previous unwieldy book. As a matter of fact, they are releasing five separate volumes, each pulling material from the 75 Years book, and each highlighting a distinctive historical age in comic books. The first release is this one, devoted to - as the title suggests - The Golden Age of DC Comics, an era ending in 1955, when the Silver age was born.

The first thing you will notice when you compare the 75 Years book to this more recent one is the 75 Years book looks like that muscular bully next to the skinny kid in those old Charles Atlas ads that ran in comics. That's not to say that the new book isn't a respectable size in its own right. It measures 9" x 12" and what intrigued me was the fact that it is listed as 400+ pages devoted to just the Golden Age of DC comics. The original 75 years book covered the origins and Golden age of DC in 239 pages... so, the thought of an additional 200 pages to a DC fan was sheer heaven. Prior to ordering this more recent book, I had read interviews that Levitz gave where he said the difference would be more illustrations than before.

Like many of you, I wondered if it would be worth a double dip. I decided to take a chance and purchased it. I have just completed a side-by-side comparison that took several hours. I hope that the following review will help you decide.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E. David Swan VINE VOICE on April 4, 2013
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Right after I ordered The Golden Age of DC Comics by Taschen I had a sudden fear. What if the book was nothing more than a reprinting of the Golden Age section from 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art Of Modern Mythmaking. Well, my fear was warranted and this indeed is the first section of a book I already own. Having said that I don't entirely regret buying this book. It does contain new material including an interview with Joe Kubert and many new images but everything written by Paul Leyritz is kept unaltered as far as I can tell. As much as I love this books much larger parent there is one big problem with 75 Years of DC Comics; it is simply unwieldy as reading material.

You don't just pull 75 Years of DC Comics off a shelf and peruse it. You have to make plans to read it. Unless you have ever seen and held the book it is nearly impossible to get a sense of its size. In 2004 Taschen put out a biography on Mohamed Ali and the XXL version weighed in at a staggering 75 pounds. It was not meant to be read. Although 75 Years of DC Comics isn't nearly that large the effort it takes to pull it out of its protective case and somehow either rest it on the floor or, God help you, lay it across your legs, is not insignificant. Good luck trying to just hold it in your hands. Golden Age of DC Comics is the portable, readable version of 75 Years and that alone may make it worth buying. 75 Years is like the collectable version to Golden Age's readable version.

The Golden Age of DC Comics is not for everyone. Casual comic readers or non DC fans will likely be quickly bored. The only story in the book is the story of DC comics.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Trtek TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 14, 2013
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This is a nice companion volume to the much larger (and more difficult to manage) 75 Years of DC Comics by Levitz. The book is almost exclusively visuals with captions, but what visuals they are, including not only artwork from DC's Golden Age, but also behind the scenes photos of production and distribution. There is an interview with Joe Kubert, but the main text is a long general but still illuminating essay by Levitz on the era. If you're looking for a detailed narrative history, be advised that this isn't it. The collage of images in this hefty book, however, give a number of snapshots which, collectively, give a distinctive portrait of DC from its beginnings to the mid-1950s. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William W. Miller on May 7, 2013
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I didn't buy the 75 years book, though I had thought about it. My interest, being a bit of a pre boomer, was the golden and sliver age material, the things I bought or sought when I was a kid, and I figured the 75 year book would be dealing with a lot of the more recent entires which I have little interest in. Thus this first volume deals with the first half, the golden age, and the next one will be focusing on the silver age and that will pretty well do it for me. I'm pleased with the book as it brings back a lot of memories, as I expect the second one to do as well. There is a good deal of concentration on Batman and Superman in this volume, and I enjoyed that, as those two characters really put DC comics on the map, as far as I was concerned. Looking forward to the next volume.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Jackson on March 11, 2013
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I didn't get Paul Levitz earlier book---too expensive, too big--this one is just right---money wise and size---plus you get more articles and photos. Get this book, even if your not a comic fan, it's an intersting book to read.
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