Friday, 8 April 2016

RECOMMENDED READING: THE SILVER AGE OF DC COMICS...


Images copyright DC COMICS

Another of my recent acquisitions is this magnificent volume
by TASCHEN, devoted to The SILVER AGE Of DC COMICS -
1956 - 1970.  With an exclusive interview with NEAL ADAMS and
loads of great images, why wouldn't you want to rush out and buy this
right away?  What's that?  Your girlfriend's birthday's coming up and
you need to get your priorities right you say?  Decisions, decisions.
Well, I'm sure you'll make the right choice - and don't worry -
you'll soon find yourself a new girlfriend.

Available in FORBIDDEN PLANET even as I type this!









10 comments:

TC said...

Well, if the girlfriend is a fan of Silver Age DC, that would solve everything.

Paul McScotty- Muir said...

That looks a really nice book although from the cover I thought it was a collection of Flash stories from that period - I ve picked up quite a few of those "year by year" Marvel and DC silver age books from W H Smith that for £5, are a pretty good read (not as good as this look though). Im still saving up for the Dr Strange book with Ditkos strips

Kid said...

Let her buy her own copy, TC - that's what 'equality' is for. Besides, who wants to spend that much on a girlfriend? She'll get a card and a bag of Maltesers for her birthday and be bloody well thankful. (You can see why I'm fighting them off, can't you?)

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I suppose the Flash features so prominently on the cover, McS, because his debut heralded the start of the Silver Age. As for that Dr. Strange Omnibus, I'm wishing my life away 'til it comes out. But why? I've already got all the stories.

Paul McScotty- Muir said...

Maltesers and a card!? well I hope its not a jumbo pack you'll just spoil her and encourage her to want more next year it'll be a packet of Minstrels (at £2.99 a bag) - yeah the Doc Strange book looks great keen to read some of those Ditko classic again after all this time,

Kid said...

Nah, small bag, McS. After all, she has her figure to think of. Roll on Doc Strange Omnibus day!

libraryguy said...

Thanks this was very nice. It helped to be able to actually see a few of the inside pages. Oh yeah I just caught on this is a Brit blog, by all the slang which I have not heard before (dosh?? "slap me with a wet fish"??).
Mike in Oviedo FL (near Orlando. Yeah yeah Disneyworld)

Phil said...

Taken as a group ( silver age marvel and DC ) these are the best comics. The comics we think of as fifties comics really only had EC. Golden age stuff in general, not so good. I don't know if it was the artwork or reproduction but everything seemed muddy with really thick brush lines. Of course there were exceptional artists. But all you have to do is compare Infantino to himself. His silver age Flash is so clean and marvelously designed. His golden age Flash was nice but looks cluttered in comparison. Or Swan! His early stuff looked the same a Wayne Boring and didn't develop those wonderful brush strokes until later.

Kid said...

As you'll probably have worked out, LG, 'dosh' means 'cash', and 'slap me with a wet fish' means, er - 'slap me with a wet fish' I suppose. Will you be buying any of the books do you think?

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In Swan's case, TC, I think he was told to draw like Wayne Boring, but it's amazing how some artists' styles change over the years. And not always for the better as they get older. Both Kirby's and Infantino's art deteriorated as they got near the end of their working life, alas - as did others.

libraryguy said...

I hope to buy the Silver Age DC one, probably from Amazon since I now have Amazon Prime. As to your last comment, yet, Infantino went from slickly stylistic to ..I don't know..his Star Wars art was wretched.

Kid said...

I didn't see much of his Star Wars art, but the Batman strip he drew for one of the Julie Schwartz celebratory issues a few years ago was nowhere near as good as his earlier stuff.

And you'll just love that Silver Age book - trust me.

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