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75 Years Of DC Comics: The Art Of Modern Mythmaking Hardcover – November 18, 2010
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The hardcover comes shrink-wrapped in a sturdy cardboard slipcase, matching the artwork on the wraparound cover. The box even conveniently comes with a side handle. Although you will need both hands to carry this monster around.
Yes, this is a very pricey book. As one who has a collection of like publications, I can assure you this book is worth every penny. Inside, the rarity of images and artwork along with the high production values, the quality of the print and page stock is well above the norm. For example, for each era of comic history (The Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age, etc), that chapter begins with a two page spread highlighting the name of the era with thick, high gloss, corresponding color foil pages. Each era also includes a four page, pull-open timeline highlighting key events in both the fictional DC Comic universe and the real world of the comic book industry.
The author, Paul Levitz, a man who has spent his entire adult life working for the company, first as a young freelance writer in the 1970s, then later as publisher until 2010, was the right choice to chronicle this retrospective. If he had not seen it all, he certainly heard it all.Read more ›
1) This is a cloth-covered hardback. Cloth is harder and harder to get nowadays, and it really harkens back to the days of better book binding. This book is so massive you will need to assure that it is properly supported while you are perusing it, but the book meets you half-way by giving you a bona fide binding.
2) Paper quality is first-rate. Each section (Black Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age, etc.) is divided by ultra-thick metallic paper of corresponding color. This is a totally innovative flourish, it really upgrades the book's sophistication. The colors used in reproduction of graphics and covers are almost certainly perfect and true; this is something for which Taschen is known. There are also numerous fold-out pages with chronologies of the characters and the innovators of these comics.
3)The book has a thick paper dust jacket. Since we are talking about an almost-certain valuable collectable here, I suggest getting the dust jacket into a Brodart mylar cover protector. You can buy it by the roll, or perhaps your local librarian will help you out. You'll be glad you made the effort to protect your investment. The book has a gorgeous ribbon book mark built in. There are indexes galore for you comics scholars and geeks.
4)Even for a comics novice like myself, the orgy of spectacular comics images is truly amazing.Read more ›
What changed my mind about getting this book was this thought. How often can you own the best of anything? I can't afford the best watch ever made or the best car or the best pair of shoes but I can afford arguably the best book ever devoted to the history of DC Comics. The Art of Modern Mythmaking is 720 pages of glossy, heavy stock paper (hence the unbelievable weight) featuring thousands of images of comics from slightly prior to the existence of National Publications (DC Comics) up until today.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thought this was various comic stip of superman over years. What a disappointment.Published 18 months ago by trudy
Beautiful Book!!! Its truly a treasure for fans of DC comics history.Published 21 months ago by Christopher
I'm a Taschen book collector and I will say hands down this is the #1 grandest looking book in my collection! I own about 50 of their books. Read morePublished on July 10, 2014 by SouthernBoy
Paul Levitz made a suggestion to all his friends on Facebook that they could purchase his book for Christmas 2013 for $75 dollars off the cover price on Amazon. Read morePublished on April 24, 2014 by Robert W. Cox
maybe the biggest book of all time. seriously cool outer box. beautiful pages. if you like comics it's a really fun book for the coffee table.Published on April 13, 2014 by Steve From USA