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Classics on Infinite Earths: The Justice League and DC Crossover Canon Paperback – April 24, 2015
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In 1996, while still an undergraduate, Dr. Julian Darius founded what would become Sequart Organization, which promotes comics and popular culture as legitimate forms of art. After graduating magna cum laude from Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin), Darius obtained his M.A. in English, authoring a thesis on John Milton and utopianism. In 2002, he moved to Waikiki, teaching college while obtaining an M.A. in French (high honors) and a Ph.D. in English. In 2005, Darius published the first scholarly book on Christopher Nolan’s Batman films. He has since published books on (among other subjects) Batman: The Killing Joke, which elaborated a theory on the book’s plot that was praised by Kevin Smith; Jack Kirby’s comic-book continuation of 2001: A Space Odyssey; and Mai, the Psychic Girl. He also co-authored, with Kevin Thurman, a book on Warren Ellis. In 2011, Darius founded Martian Lit, which publishes creative work, including his comic Martian Comics. He currently lives in Illinois.
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At around 400 pages, the book is reasonably intimidating, but Dr. Darius paces his witty overview briskly. Over all, Dr. Darius’s analysis is impressive and also deals with the themes and developments of DC Comic’s publishing identity. If you are seeking to approach comics, primarily DC Comics, and be well informed of the complex histories and continuities that make comics so generally unapproachable to the mainstream today, Classics will be the best first step.
Table of Contents:
The DC Canon: An Introduction
The Justice League
JLA: Earth 2 (and Grant Morrison’s JLA)
Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis’s Justice League International
DC: The New Frontier
Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky’s Justice League of America
Denny O’Neil and Dick Dillin’s Justice League of America
Super Powers (second series)
Crisis on Infinite Earths
DC One Million