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From the late 1930s to the mid-1950s, DC Comics blazed a creative, innovative trail in popular culture, and the company has remained at the forefront of the comics industry ever since. In one milestone after another, DC Comics introduced the fantastic characters that became everyone's favorite super heroes: Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern, and Shazam! This brilliantly illustrated volume features entirely new, large-format photography of the original comic books, showcasing the fabulous visual world of the DC comic-book heroes and artists.

Comics historian Les Daniels, graphic designer Chip Kidd, and photographer Geoff Spear have delved deep into the DC archives, to which they were granted unprecedented access, highlighting not only the classics that have become pop-culture icons but also lost gems like More Fun Comics and Comics Cavalcade. The 365 images, shot especially for this book, along with the impeccably researched text and informative introductory essays, ensure that this blast from the past will have a huge appeal for both comic-book devotees and newcomers.

Review:

"Although old-style comic books may never be as big as they were between the late 1930s and mid '50s, the continued popularity of their characters is evident by their frequent appearances in movies and in television. This boldly constructed retrospective is full of nostalgia and humor, and will entice old collectors and casual fans alike to flip through its pages again and again. The extreme close-ups of the selected panels force readers to examine every background detail, and the irregular cropping keeps the eye straining for as much information as possible. The accompanying authors' comments hint at what is special about the art and enjoin readers to see merit even in the often goofy captions (when discussing a strip about femme fatales, for instance, the authors proclaim, 'They don't write dialogue like this anymore: 'A strange person! Eclipse was her name, and Eclipse her nature!' To which Blackhawk replies: 'And finally she eclipsed-herself!''). Striking cover and binding art, coupled with the volume's unusual shape and heft, will attract attention, as will the back cover, which features ads for such staple comic book products as whoopee cushions, boomerangs and model airplanes. Printed on glossy black paper that is a wonderful contrast to the color-saturated panels, the text offers a mixture of information about the characters, historical tidbits on the comics and wry commentary on the artwork and plot points. The big heroes and heroines such as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are covered, as are their sidekicks and villains, but so are failed characters, short-lived ideas and the funny animal characters that were used as fillers. This coffee-table book is too much fun for readers to peruse just one page a day." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Designed by award-winning illustrator and book designed, Chip Kidd and comprised of 365 images shot specially for this book, it's a visual feast for fans and non-fans everywhere.

Synopsis:

From the late 1930s to the mid-1950s, DC Comics introduced the fantastic characters that became everyone's favorite super heroes: Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern, and Shazam! This brilliantly illustrated volume features entirely new, large-format photography of the original comic books, showcasing this fabulous visual world. 0-8109-4969-5$29.95 / Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

About the Author

Les Daniels is the author of the official histories of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, as well as DC Comics: A Celebration of the World's Favorite Comic Book Heroes and Abrams' Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades of the World's Greatest Comics. Chip Kidd is an award-winning graphic designer and author of The Cheese Monkeys. His work has been featured in Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Time, Graphis, and Entertainment Weekly. Geoff Spear's award-winning photographs have appeared in magazines such as Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, GQ, and Newsweek, and in numerous books on comics.

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bradshaw.pm, July 2, 2007 (view all comments by bradshaw.pm)
Set up as 365-day calendar, this small coffee table book is anything but. What it is is a wonderful collection of comic book covers and pages from the 1930s through the 1950s. Artfully photographed and cropped by Geoff Spear, each of the 365 pages are a visual treat from the DC Comics universe.

Graphic designer Chip Kidd has set up the book not as a stuffy museum piece of days past, but as an explosion of Americana. Vibrant and alive, the pages burst with excitement and fun. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, and others are alive again as our parents or grandparents first saw them. It is quickly obvious why these characters inspired generation after generation, and are still alive and well today in the American consciousness.

Les Daniels does a superb job, as always, of summing up a character?s history and importance, but has fun at the same time. Wit and sly commentary on Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Robin the Boy Wonder line these pages. If there is a ?comics historian? out there, Daniels is it. And never is it more obvious than in this book, where he comments not only the big characters such as Superman and Batman, but on the smaller characters, the ones long-forgotten, and the myriad of villains.

And for one more bit of fun, the back cover of the book is a display of the ubiquitous advertisements of the day. Everything from X-ray glasses to whoopee cushions, all for just pennies!

Recent movies of Superman, Batman, and the like show that these characters of a by-gone era (and books like this) are still a constant gift and joy in America today. The Golden Age of DC Comics ? 365 Days is a delight.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780810949690
Subtitle:
365 Days
Designed:
Spear, Geoff
Photographer:
Spear, Geoff
Designed by:
Kidd, Chip
Designed:
Kidd, Chip
Author:
Daniels, Les
Author:
Kidd, Chip
Publisher:
Harry N. Abrams
Location:
New York
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions
Subject:
Comics
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - General
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc. -- United States.
Subject:
DC Comics, Inc - History
Subject:
Graphic Novels-Collectibles
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
C2KBR-34
Publication Date:
20041103
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
744
Dimensions:
1400x1400
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Although old-style comic books may never be as big as they were between the late 1930s and mid '50s, the continued popularity of their characters is evident by their frequent appearances in movies and in television. This boldly constructed retrospective is full of nostalgia and humor, and will entice old collectors and casual fans alike to flip through its pages again and again. The extreme close-ups of the selected panels force readers to examine every background detail, and the irregular cropping keeps the eye straining for as much information as possible. The accompanying authors' comments hint at what is special about the art and enjoin readers to see merit even in the often goofy captions (when discussing a strip about femme fatales, for instance, the authors proclaim, 'They don't write dialogue like this anymore: 'A strange person! Eclipse was her name, and Eclipse her nature!' To which Blackhawk replies: 'And finally she eclipsed-herself!''). Striking cover and binding art, coupled with the volume's unusual shape and heft, will attract attention, as will the back cover, which features ads for such staple comic book products as whoopee cushions, boomerangs and model airplanes. Printed on glossy black paper that is a wonderful contrast to the color-saturated panels, the text offers a mixture of information about the characters, historical tidbits on the comics and wry commentary on the artwork and plot points. The big heroes and heroines such as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are covered, as are their sidekicks and villains, but so are failed characters, short-lived ideas and the funny animal characters that were used as fillers. This coffee-table book is too much fun for readers to peruse just one page a day." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Designed by award-winning illustrator and book designed, Chip Kidd and comprised of 365 images shot specially for this book, it's a visual feast for fans and non-fans everywhere.
"Synopsis" by , From the late 1930s to the mid-1950s, DC Comics introduced the fantastic characters that became everyone's favorite super heroes: Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern, and Shazam! This brilliantly illustrated volume features entirely new, large-format photography of the original comic books, showcasing this fabulous visual world. 0-8109-4969-5$29.95 / Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
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