Modern myths

Comic fans will be pleased to see a super-sized anthology dedicated to the history of genre giant DC Comics, which is released next month.

The giant tome, which has been written by The Comic Reader editor Paul Levits, covers the comic publisher’s 75-year history, taking in superhero greats such as Superman, Batman and Wonderwoman.

Detective Comics No. 31 (detail), cover art, Bob Kane, copyright DC Comics
Detective Comics No. 31 (detail), cover art, Bob Kane, copyright DC Comics

The book features more that 2 000 images – including covers, original illustrations, photographs and film stills – from some of DC Comic’s collection, mind you they have produced 40 000 comics, in the last 75 years so there’s a lot to choose from.

Strange Adventures No. 25. Cover art, Gil Kane and Joe Giella, copyright DC Comics
Strange Adventures No. 25. Cover art, Gil Kane and Joe Giella, copyright DC Comics

But it’s not all pretty pictures, Levtiz’s in-depth essays trace the company’s history and explore why the publisher has become the mammoth it is today.

Wonder Woman No. 21. Cover art, H. G. Peter, copyright DC Comics
Wonder Woman No. 21. Cover art, H. G. Peter, copyright DC Comics

75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking by Paul Levitz, is available from Taschen, priced at £ 135.

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