- Tapa dura: 720 páginas
- Editor: Taschen; Edición: 01 (5 de octubre de 2010)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 383651981X
- ISBN-13: 978-3836519816
- Valoración media de los clientes: 1 opinión de cliente
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº491.265 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
75 Years of DC Comics. The Art of Modern Mythmaking (Inglés) Tapa dura – 5 oct 2010
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Más de 2000 imágenes: portadas e interiores, ilustraciones originales, fotografías, fotos fijas y coleccionables. La obra ofrece una rica iconografía mediante la última tecnología en reproducción digital que da vida a las historias, personajes y creadores de una manera jamás vista.
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Nel 1935 il fondatore della DC Comics, Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, pubblicò New Fun, il primo libro di fumetti che conteneva materiale originale in un'epoca in cui i libri di fumetti erano mere raccolte di strisce dei giornali. Quello che all'inizio veniva considerato come un genere per ragazzi stava per essere universalmente apprezzato. In onore del 75° anniversario dell'editore, Taschen pubblica la raccolta più completa di DC Comics. Oltre 2000 immagini fra copertine, interni, illustrazioni originali (compreso il jet invisibile di Wonder Woman), fotografe e materiale da collezione. Ogni illustrazione è riprodotta grazie alle ultime tecnologie digitali, facendo sì che immagini, personaggi e storie riacquistino nuova vita. svelarci il dietro le quinte di ogni tavola è il veterano della DC Comics Paul Levitz, che ci racconta la storia della casa editrice dagli albori fino al luminoso futuro digitale. Questo splendido volume della collana Xl si correda di pieghevoli a piena pagina, e di una ampia appendice che comprende le biografe di scrittori, illustratori, curatori che hanno contribuito a creare la leggenda del mondo DC Comics. Il volume esce in un momento di grande attenzione per tutto ciò che gravita intorno al mondo del fumetto.Ver Descripción del producto
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The hardcover comes shrink-wrapped in a sturdy cardboard slipcase, matching the artwork on the wraparound cover. The box even conveniently comes with a side handle. Although you will need both hands to carry this monster around.
Yes, this is a very pricey book. As one who has a collection of like publications, I can assure you this book is worth every penny. Inside, the rarity of images and artwork along with the high production values, the quality of the print and page stock is well above the norm. For example, for each era of comic history (The Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age, etc), that chapter begins with a two page spread highlighting the name of the era with thick, high gloss, corresponding color foil pages. Each era also includes a four page, pull-open timeline highlighting key events in both the fictional DC Comic universe and the real world of the comic book industry.
The author, Paul Levitz, a man who has spent his entire adult life working for the company, first as a young freelance writer in the 1970s, then later as publisher until 2010, was the right choice to chronicle this retrospective. If he had not seen it all, he certainly heard it all. I really enjoy how the text, the ongoing historical telling throughout the book is laid out for the reader...a grand intro for each era then as one or two paragraph antidotes accompanying the images or photos. For example, here's a cover of a very significant Green Lantern issue in the 1970s and why it is so considered, while next to it will be a short bio and tribute to a particular creator who worked on said issue. In fact, the creator tributes in this book are part of the true joys of reading through DC's history. That list is long and deep and for once a book of this kind goes to great lengths to credit more than just the typical top 20 or so names from the company's storied past. Beyond the names most adult fans of the genre already know about (The Bob Kanes, Jack Kirbys and Carmine Infantinoes) we find tributes to writers and artists less well known but just as important to the success of DC Comics and the Comic Book industry in general over the decades (Will Eisner, Sheldon Mayer, Jack Cole, Mort Weisinger, Curt Swan, Wally Wood, Gil Kane, Bernie Wrightson, Alex Toth), including many of the modern era's top talent (Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Mike Grell, Frank Miller, Bruce Timm, Alex Ross, Darwyn Cooke, Jim Lee, Geoff Johns) . The list of reference is long!
Running the business of DC Comics over the decades covers territory far beyond the comic book itself. Inside you will also find just as many rare images and stories about DC characters in TV, film, animation, toys and games, parades, commercials, stage productions and many other forms of marketing in the past 75 years.
This hardcover clearly cost a pretty penny to produce and import. As a tip for any fan on the fence about pulling the trigger on this big purchase...I would not bet this edition will be available for a any significant amount of time. Once it is sold out, it is very likely to become a collectible prize and rise in value. Amazon's introductory price is a bargain. In fact I would say Amazon is losing money on the shipping cost of this book alone.
Yep, highly recommended, but you will need to get creative on finding shelf space for this thing! I will add personal photos of the book to help give a better look at its inner awesomeness.
1) This is a cloth-covered hardback. Cloth is harder and harder to get nowadays, and it really harkens back to the days of better book binding. This book is so massive you will need to assure that it is properly supported while you are perusing it, but the book meets you half-way by giving you a bona fide binding.
2) Paper quality is first-rate. Each section (Black Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age, etc.) is divided by ultra-thick metallic paper of corresponding color. This is a totally innovative flourish, it really upgrades the book's sophistication. The colors used in reproduction of graphics and covers are almost certainly perfect and true; this is something for which Taschen is known. There are also numerous fold-out pages with chronologies of the characters and the innovators of these comics.
3)The book has a thick paper dust jacket. Since we are talking about an almost-certain valuable collectable here, I suggest getting the dust jacket into a Brodart mylar cover protector. You can buy it by the roll, or perhaps your local librarian will help you out. You'll be glad you made the effort to protect your investment. The book has a gorgeous ribbon book mark built in. There are indexes galore for you comics scholars and geeks.
4)Even for a comics novice like myself, the orgy of spectacular comics images is truly amazing. Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman...dozens more. I spent half a day just flipping through the pages. Your kids will certainly fighting over this massive tome some day unless you specify who gets it in your will!
I have several of the Taschen "XL" titles, and I never cease to be amazed. They are all great. Taschen has blown the doors off the publishing industry in recent years with these "XL" titles and many other creative publication efforts. They generate one fabulous book after another, and the price points make almost all of them inevitable purchases for me. I just wish Taschen was an American company. (They have US facilities, but they are German.) It begs the question, however: Why can't American manufacturers of products progress so innovatively ?
Taschen is iconic in my mind because they have entered their market with the idea of blowing off all constraints and preconceptions. Their only habit is experimentation, trying new things. They are revolutionary publishers in an era where many people are predicting the imminent demise of the book. Taschen should be a role model for all industries and manufacturers because of their emphasis on audacity and innovation, with a loyalty to traditional aspects of quality and value. The Taschens (a husband and wife who own and run the company) are the first people I would chose to take with me to a foreign galaxy for purposes of establishing an economic infrastructure on some remote planet. They look to precedent only for purposes of bettering it.
At twice the size of this new edition, that tremendous volume is literally a coffee table
book that is as big as a coffee table! Although reduced in size, this tome still weighs in
at nearly 10 pounds! DC's Publisher, author Paul Levitz has been there since his teens.
Even in it's smaller format, it's a treasure trove of history, trivia and spectacular artwork.
I only have two critiques...
1. In this smaller version the art and copy can often be extremely difficult to view or read.
2. Once again, I had problems with Amazon shipping. And the upper corners were bent!
But due to the massive weight of this book, I decided to keep it instead of returning it.
I wish Amazon would demand that their shippers take better care of the items they deliver.