The Silver Age of DC Comics
By Paul Levitz
(Taschen, Hardcover, 9783836535762, 400pp.)
Publication Date: July 2013
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“[What] began as a historical project . . . now may qualify as a history-making one.” —Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, on 75 Years of DC Comics
On December 15, 1978, the dreams of generations of American children finally came true. “You’ll believe a man can fly," read the posters and billboards for the blockbuster film Superman. With an undeniable mass appeal, it cemented the role of the super hero as America’s most enduring archetype, and the comic book as one of the country’s most significant native art forms. That art form, however, was already moving in a new direction. Influenced by the emergence of underground comics and shifting political tides, DC's line of comics was increasingly aimed at adults, and sold in comic book shops, rather than on newsstands. Socially relevant subjects such as drug addiction, racism, and women’s rights had entered the mainstream, and comics weren’t just for kids anymore.
The Bronze Age of DC Comics includes an original interview with Green Lantern/Green Arrow writer Denny O’Neil.
About the series: TASCHEN's series on DC Comics explores the origins of comics’ most enduring legends and the behind-the-scenes stories of the men and women 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 more than 1000 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.
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.