Here are 100 of the most important, most incredible, and most bizarre comic-book covers from DC’s incredible archives-all perforated and ready to display in your apartment, dorm room, or cubicle. From Action Comics #1 and Batman #1 to lesser-known heroes like Mister District Attorney, this oversized compilation features every major milestone in DC’s extraordinary history: Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing, Watchmen, Fables, 100 Bullets, and much more.
On the reverse of each poster are images of related covers and entertaining commentary, often with remarks from the cover artists themselves. Complete with a foreword from longtime DC Comics veteran Paul Levitz, this amazing anthology is a must-have item for any comic-book fan.
Okay,an A3 poster book of 100 pages. Sounds good? My first thought,however,was that we were going to get ‘treated’ to a selection of mediocre covers. I have no ide why I think these things! I opened up the package when it arrived and my honest reaction?
It’s a great package,quality printing and,as it says,the pages are already perforated so that a favourite can be removed,framed and put on display. My response to that would be that I can see why a comic geek might want one of these as a poster on the wall but that is something I could not do.
Why? Read on.
This is the sort of book,even if it over-sized,that you might pick up on a depressing day or,if you are a comic artist when you hit that creative block. I was going from page to page -”Oh!”….”Oh!”…”Brilliant!”…”Wow!”…”Aww,yeah!”..you get the point?
Look at the Strange Adventures 79 cover by the legendary Gil Kane! Pure fun and it made me giggle. I’d be tempted to use this as a poster. Reprinted in superb quality -it is very tempting!
And what about Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen no.53? Not just great art by Curt Swan but pure nostalgia. These were some great fun times for DC fans and though a true Marvelite covers and stories like this blew my little noggin!
And how about Detective Comics 275 and Sheldon Moldoff’s cover of “The Zebra Batman”!!!!
Flash 123 and “The Flash Of Two Worlds” -had it not been for the Golden Age Flash meeting up with the SA Flash there would have been no Justice League of America 21 and “Crisis On Earth One” in which Earth 1 and 2 were established when the Justice Society of America met up with the Justice League of America -now that did hook me as a kid and still does -both covers are in this book!
And these are important covers because without these two team-ups there would have been no establishing of a DC multi-verse and all that entailed since 1985!
There are so many covers here that I just decided I could not decide on which to choose for this piece! Marshal Rogers,Neal Adams,John Byrne,Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson,Gil Kane,Wayne Boring,Fred Ray,Howard Purcell,Jim Mooney,Irv Novick,Jack Kirby,Bob Oskner,Joe Kubert,Mike Sekowsky,[pre Spider-Man]John Romita,Alex Ross,Dave Gibbons,Dave McKean,Ramona Fradon,Nick Cardy,Frank Quitely,Darwyn Cook and many others.
I know what you are thinking:”This is going to cost me an arm and a leg!!” Believe me,I was very shocked when I saw the price:£24.99 / $40.00
Yeah,I had to check that price,too!
I could never,ever bring myself to tear out a page for a poster. These are some of the most iconic covers DC has ever produced. From super hero-to romance-to crime and horror. My only question has to be why Marvel has not done this??
If you are a comi historian or comic book geek,or just some sad old git who is a combination of the latter two,you will want this book!
Looking for a present for a comic geek? Here it is.
Tonight I am sitting down and I am going to look over each of these pages again. Sad that so many of these GA and some SA creators are no longer with us but a book like this means their work will never be forgotten!
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