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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Size Matters, of course it does.

Even though I'm already somewhat over the hill, I'm happy I was able to carry my new comic book up the stairs. If it had come out in 10 years time I would have had to hire someone to carry it and perhaps turn the pages for me. You see I think I just bought the biggest comic book ever.

The year 2010 marks the 75th year anniversary of DC comics and veteran collector and DC-completist Ian Levine had been shouting since 2005 (the 70-year anniversary) that DC should somehow "do" something "special". Anyway 2005 came and went and in 2009 Ian started making a lot of noise again so that DC didn't glance over the 75th thingy.

Well they didn't and much to Ian's joy they kinda included him in the festivities.
In the beginning of 2010 DC and Taschen Books went over to Ian's home from Germany (three times) to photograph all sorts of covers and interiors form his DC collection.
The results were to be used in a huge six hundred page massive coffee-table book on the history of DC for their 75th Birthday.

Ian also showed us a few of the preview pictures and between that and him hyping the book I was sold and signed up for an advance copy. Cover price was a staggering €150 but seeing the book weighed nearly 15 pounds and with over 720 pages and 2000 images — including covers, interiors, original illustrations, photos, film stills and collectibles I thought it was worth it.

Anyway I waited for near 5 long months but today I finally took hold of the book. Now there are BIG books, there are GIANT books and there is this book...
Take a look at the pics to see the dimensions and step back...you don't want it to crush you.

I'm going start reading it today and I don't expect to be finished any time this year...but on first glance it's a wonderful book, very complete, all the info you could possible want and the reproduction of the old artwork is the best I have ever seen. Telling the tales behind the tomes is 38-year DC veteran Paul Levitz (pictured), whose in-depth essays trace the company’s history, from its pulp origins through to the future of digital publishing.
If my math is correct, Marvel should be 75 years old in 2014 as their first (Timely) comics came out in 1939...hmmmm are you listening Marvel ?

I used the wonders of video to give you an idea how big this book is, watch the small preview here or click on the video to go to my youtube channel and watch it in higher-def.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any change you got a amazing spiderman 121 between 5.0 and 6.5
for sale ?

1:49 PM  
Blogger chromium said...

Alas none at the moment.
But keep checking the "For Sale" section on my blog, you never know.

1:59 PM  

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