We had a few moments to stop by a signing for 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking last night, and snapped a picture of Nina Weiner, Taschen’s Managing Editor for Pop Culture, author Paul Levitz, DC’s Steve Korte, and Taschen Art Director Josh Baker. I have seen a lot of books about comics, but I have never seen a more beautiful one than this — the reproductions are incredibly crisp and vibrant, and there are double page pull-outs, charts and even a chromium insert to mark the “modern age.” With the text, Levitz proves that if knowing everything there is to know about a company’s history qualifies you to run that company, he was the best qualified president in history.
I spoke to Baker briefly about the making of the book and its remarkable imagery — nearly everything was shot from the collection of a single person, Ian Levine, and they photographed as much as they could; the photos were then processed by Taschen’s mysterious black ops art department in Germany to a crystalline purity.
The result is almost scary in its massive size and heft — people joked that you could make a coffee table from the thing. As a scrapbook of DC’s history with comics, panels, photos, and bibliographical material, it’s a comprehensive overview of 75 years of storytelling. The $200 price tag is also daunting, but if you want the ultimate DC art book, it’s worth it.
More on Levitz’s work on the book here.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.