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DC Comics: A Visual History (Book) Review

 
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Page Count: 376
 
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A beautifully crafted book filled with full color illustrations, tons of cover art, and a whole lot of DC history.

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It's a very large book - a plus for some, but not very portable.


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DK Publishing has the perfect gift for the DC super fan on your list. Whether you’ve been into comics since you learned to read, or just recently came into a love for the genre, there are likely many aspects of your favorite DC characters that are yet to be discovered. DC Comics: A Visual History […]

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Posted December 15, 2014 by

 
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DK Publishing has the perfect gift for the DC super fan on your list.

Whether you’ve been into comics since you learned to read, or just recently came into a love for the genre, there are likely many aspects of your favorite DC characters that are yet to be discovered. DC Comics: A Visual History takes readers through nearly every aspect of the company, from its humble beginnings to the comics powerhouse it is today. Readers are treated to the origins of their favorite characters, as well as their various iterations throughout the years – and how the events occurring in the outside world had an impact on the comic book universe.

At first glance, DC Comics: A Visual History is a beauty to behold. Encased in a sturdy full color slipcover of thick glossy cardboard covered in such iconic favorites as Wonder Woman, Batman, The Joker, and more, it’s sure to be a striking addition to any bookcase or coffee table. When removed from the slipcase, the book itself has an interesting design featuring black and white sketches covering every surface, with just the hints of color around the larger images of Winder Woman, Superman, and Batman in the center. It’s a striking effect that really draws the eye. DC Comics: A Visual History is quite a large book, measuring around eleven by thirteen inches, and the quality of construction is immediately evident – this isn’t a book that will fall apart with regular reading (and that’s a good thing, cause you’re going to want to page through it often).

As the name implies, this is a visual history – meaning there is tons of great artwork to feast your eyes upon, including both full color character sketches and years of cover art. The book is arranged in chronological order, starting with DC’s beginning in 1935. Each piece of artwork is accompanied by facts about the characters themselves as well as industry history and important events that influenced the story arcs in each time period. Separated by decades, each section of the book covers releases by month, taking you from the 1930’s to the 2010’s in one comprehensive volume. While it certainly doesn’t cover every single character or release, it does cover every single year, making it easy to find both new characters to love and learn new information on your old favorites.

DC Comics: A Visual History is a must-have for any DC fan. Featuring tons of artwork and history on all your DC favorites (and a few you’ve likely never heard of), it’s sure to be a favorite for comic fans old and new.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)