In 1935, DC Comics founder Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson published New Fun No. 1, the first comic book with all-new, original material—at a time when comic books were mere repositories for the castoffs of the newspaper strips.
Seventy five years later, Taschen, the German art book publisher, has published the gargantuan, visually stunning 75 Years Of DC Comics: The Art Of Modern Mythmaking. The book weighs in at 16 pounds and could easily be used by Bruce Wayne for bench presses.
Written by Paul Levitz, a former DC Comics editor, president and publisher, the massive tome chronicles the heroes on the page – and the heroes behind the scenes – the writers, artists, and editors that for 75 years have created the rich, engaging characters and stories of the DC Comics universe.
To paraphrase one reviewer discussing this gigantic book, “this isn’t a coffee table book, this is a coffee table.”