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The DC Comics Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded Edition Hardcover – September 29, 2008
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"For the serious DC Comics fanboy whose collection includes all the greats…The DC Comics Encyclopedia is a must." — The Washington Post
"…lovingly documented with gorgeous drawings and enough blow-by-blow detail to satisfy completists." — The Dallas Morning News
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The DC Comics Encyclopedia, by DK Publishing, reflects some of the sloppiest editorial work I have ever read from a professional book publisher. I have been in education most of my adult working life and I expect a higher standard of quality work from my teenage students when it comes to reviewing and editing their own work.
I am not qualified to evaluate the accuracy of the information, but you don't need to be an expert to spot the many flaws. Many pictures are mislabeled. Some sentences just stop midway and pick up with the next sentence. I have even found what looks like editorial notes that were clearly intended for one of the many contributors. It is incredible to believe that this would miss the watchful eye of the editor and publisher and actually make it to print.
As a reference book, The DC Comics Encyclopedia still has value. I can only hope that the person or people responsible for the sloppy work are not hired on for additional projects in the near future. Comics may not be considered "high literature," but for those of us who admire the work of the creators, artist, writers, and publishers of comic books...we, along with the creators, themselves, deserve more respect than what is evidenced by the work in this book.
The downside? None of the facts and figures in this book are relevant anymore in DC Comics' New 52 reboot. The heroes and villains in the current DC Comics no longer have the history displayed so wonderfully in this book.
So, if you're a huge fan of DC Comics pre-2011, this is a fantastic book for you. It serves as a great reminder of the classic stories that DC offered prior to scrapping everything and starting over. Just be aware that none of the information presented apply to present-day DC Comics.
It has a lot of DC characters I never knew of. But I was disappointed that in some spots of the book, it references characters under other characters bio's, but does not have that said characters bio. For example, in Lois Lanes bio it reference Mister Majestic. I never heard of the guy, so I look under the M section, and he is not in there.
Secondly, this book is not a very good read at all. Most bio's i have seen have enough info, but I have found a lot of grammatical errors, and some what looks to be, bad cut and paste, to where two of the same paragraphs are back to back. Under Superman, and a couple others I found this error, mind you, I went to my favorites first, then just went page by page through half the book.
Overall, I like it, but it could be a lot better. Pictures are great, but I wonder how many DC characters total have been left out, since this was published in 2008.
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Quality book. It contains much more information that I was expecting. I purchased it as a gift for my grown son who enjoys DC Comic characters. He enjoys the book.Published 6 days ago by M&M from Minnesota