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.
The Silver Age of DC Comics ($60) due in late June will include 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.
After the publication of the 400 page book, Taschen will release three follow-up volumes covering the Bronze Age, Dark Age and Modern Age later in 2013.