Author(s): Levitz Paul
In June of 1938, Action Comics debuted with a new kind of comic book character on its cover: A costumed man with two identities, who possessed extraordinary strength and powers, a man able to protect the public when ordinary measures would not do. He was not the first super hero, but the Man of Steel would become the prototype for all super heroes thereafter. Superman's story, and those of Batman, Wonder Woman, and hundreds of other DC Comics characters are all told in "The Golden Age of DC Comics". The single most comprehensive book on the subject, this volume traces the company's first decades, from its pulp origins up to the comic book burnings of the McCarthy '50s in over 400 pages bursting with comics, art, comics, photographs, and more comics. Plus an exclusive interview with legendary Sgt. Rock/Hawkman artist Joe Kubert! TASCHEN's series on "DC Comics" explores the origins of comics' most enduring legends and the behind-the-scenes stories of the men who created them, era by era. Expanded from the Eisner Award - winning XL book, "75 Years of DC Comics", this new series hits the shelf at a reader friendly size with essays updated by author Paul Levitz and over 500 new images across five volumes. Thousands of covers and interiors, original illustrations, photographs, film stills, and collectibles have been reproduced using the latest technology to bring the story lines, the characters, and their creators to vibrant life, making this an invaluable reference for comics fans.
"Paul Levitz's 75 Years of DC Comics is the best present you could buy a comics buff besides a mint first issue of Action Comics..." (The Hollywood Reporter)"
The author:Paul Levitz is a comic book fan who has worked as editor/publisher of "The Comic Reader," editor of the "Batman" titles and others, writer of more than 300 stories--including an acclaimed run on "Legion of Super-Heroes"--and a DC Comics executive, finishing his 38-year stint with the company as President and Publisher. He returned to writing in 2010 with a new series of "Legion "stories and other projects. The contributor: Joe Kubert's extraordinary career spans the history of the comic book in America: He began drawing comics in 1938 and continued to be a vital cartoonist, writer, and educator until his death in 2012. Kubert began a decade of drawing DC heroes in 1943, and later helped to define the look of features including Sgt. Rock and Hawkman. In 1976 he founded The Kubert School of Cartooning and Graphic Art.