online: the silver age of dc comics

© dc comics - cover of the taschen book

this one's for anyone interested in vintage comics and superheroes. taschen has just released a new addition to the tantalizing dc comics book series that explores the origins of comics’ most enduring legends and the behind-the-scenes stories of the brilliant minds who created them, era by era. the series are expanded from the award-winning book, 75 years of dc comics, and hits the shelf at a reader-friendly size with essays updated by comic book fan and writer paul levitz and more than 1,000 new images across five volumes. a visual feast, it contains housands of covers and interiors, original illustrations, photographs, film stills, and collectibles, all reproduced to bring the story lines, the characters, and their creators to vibrant life.

with superheroes 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 comics’ writers and editors spun ever-more fantastic tales. the results were transformative, delivering the first-ever 'reboot' of golden age greats with the flash, green lantern, and hawkman as well as the hit tv show batman. the silver age of dc comics covers it all, right down to the wacky shenanigans of television’s batman, which made him the embodiment for the camp sensibility of the 1960s and further immortalized the dark knight as a pop culture icon for generations to come. mind you, it also features a new and exclusive interview with green lantern and batman artist neal adams. fancy a copy? then click [here] to order yours.

© dc comics - superman annual no. 6, the superman family, 1962-1962 [top], strange adventures no. 110, 1959 [bottom]