Author(s): Paul Levitz
With super heroes nearly extinct at the start of the 1950s, DC Comics reignited the fire that would make them central to modern popular culture by infusing them with science fiction elements. To circumvent the limitations of the self-censoring Comics Code Authority, DC's writers and editors spun ever-more fantastic tales, bringing super heroes and Bob Hope alike into the realm of sci-fi. "DC Comics: The Silver Age" chronicles the transformation, with comics' first-ever "reboot" of Golden Age greats the Flash, Green Lantern, and Hawkman; as well as the increasingly wacky shenanigans of Batman, who was transformed into the reluctant spokesman for the camp sensibility of the '60s with a hit TV series that immortalized the "Dark Knight" as a pop culture icon for generations to come. Plus a new exclusive interview with Deadman/Green Lantern/Batman artist Neal Adams! 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.
"A richly conceived history of DC Comics... a visual feast of comic book covers, movie posters, film stills, original comic book art, various collectibles and newspaper strips." (The New York Times, New York, on 75 Years of DC Comics)"
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.
Multitalented writer Dennis "Denny" O'Neil's sophisticated, mature approach reinvented super hero comics at DC in the late 1960s. After scripting comics for Marvel and Charlton in his early 20s, he moved to DC in 1968, bringing social relevance to his prototypical "dark" Batman and the award-winning "Green Lantern/Green Arrow." From 1986 to 2001 he was editor of DC's "Batman" titles.