By Paul Levitz
Taschen, 415 pages, $59.99
Taschen is known for creating beautifully designed art books, and The Golden Age of DC Comics 1935-1956 is no exception. Paul Levitz frames the book with an introduction, an interview with Joe Kubert that took place only months before his passing in August of 2012, and a short segment focused on the creation of the character of Superman and the other first wave of superheroes. The rest of the book is filled with images with short connected captions explaining bits of art and creation history. A number of the artists are highlighted, along with accompanying photographs of them at work.
The Golden Age of DC Comics 1935-1956 is slightly unwieldy – at 9.4 x 12.8 in. – it is most definitely suited as a coffee table display. The large, high-quality images more than make up for any discomfort when resting this monster on your lap. The focus of this book is largely on the art, and some readers might be disappointed that there isn’t more historical information. At a little over 400 pages and filled to bursting with full color images, this book is one for the collectors, and a must for DC Comics fans.
Reviewed by Whitney Smyth