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Saving the World


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No – it’s the meteoric rise of comic book powerhouse DC Comics

Saving the World


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No – it’s the meteoric rise of comic book powerhouse DC Comics

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Saving the World

May 26, 2017

75 Years of DC Comics. The Art of Modern Mythmaking Paul Levitz Hardcover, 25 x 34.2 cm (9.8 x 13.5 in.), 720 pages Published by Taschen (taschen.com)

75 Years of DC Comics. The Art of Modern Mythmaking
Paul Levitz
Hardcover, 25 x 34.2 cm (9.8 x 13.5 in.), 720 pages
Published by Taschen
(taschen.com)

For countless comic-book fans around the world, DC Comics remains one of the format’s holy names alongside Marvel. Established in 1934 as National Allied Publications, in February 1935 founder Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson debuted New Fun: The Big Comic Magazine – a tabloid-sized comic book of all-new material in an era when the majority of comics were castoffs from the newspaper strips. In the latter half of the 1930s, the name (and the size) evolved, creating the famed titles Adventure Comics, Detective Comics and Action Comics. DC was headquartered in Manhattan for more than 80 years, though in 2015 it upped stakes and relocated to Burbank, California.

In 1935, the American publisher has long been associated with its two most popular – and oldest – characters: Superman and Batman. However, DC has created numerous other famed superheroes and superheroines with whom you may be familiar, including Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg. These names have either already been brought to the big screen, or are in the process of making their movie debuts in the next year or two. 

As its long-time fans have grown up and new fans have joined the fray, DC’s top two world-savers have been supported by growing audiences around the world for decades. According to Box Office Mojo, Superman’s first major film in 1978 brought in more than US$300 million at the global box office, while the 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ranked the seventh highest-grossing film last year, marking a new record for the Superman franchise with a take of more than US$873 million worldwide. As for Batman, 2008’s The Dark Knight still leads the pack at more than US$1 billion globally.

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Celebrating DC’s 75th anniversary in 2010, art-book publisher Taschen released Paul Levitz’s stunning oversized volume 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking. Long out of print, what’s claimed to be the “single most comprehensive book on DC Comics” – and indeed, Levitz worked in a variety of roles at DC for 38 years – has received the re-edition treatment. 

This time around, the rich content of the massive original, which won the Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Comics-Related Book of the Year, is presented in a more compact hardcover form. Generously measuring 25cm by 34.2cm, it features 720 pages with more than 2,000 original full-colour images. Multilingual translations in German, French or Spanish will also be available. This is one tome you’ll want on your shelf for life. 

Images: Painting by HJ Ward/courtesy Taschen (Superman); © 2017 DC Comics, all rights reserved (Batman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern); Taschen

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Set in Stone: 100 Contemporary Concrete Buildings


Concrete and the finest buildings created from it

Set in Stone: 100 Contemporary Concrete Buildings


Concrete and the finest buildings created from it

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Set in Stone

July 10, 2015

Concrete was first used in ancient Egypt, the Romans mastered its use, and with their fall its secrets were lost until the early-19th century when methods for making the “artificial stone” were rediscovered in Britain.

It has its detractors and proponents, yet when properly handled this “liquid stone” is one of the noblest of materials in contemporary architecture. Its many forms make it malleable, durable, and suitable for some of engineering’s most prodigious feats.

This two-volume edition highlights some of the finest concrete architecture of recent years. Including examples by starchitects such as Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron and Steven Holl, alongside Russian newcomers Speech, respected up-and-coming international architects such as Rudy Ricciotti from France, and artists such as James Turrell, who turned the famous concrete spiral of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim in New York into the setting for one of his most remarkable pieces.

100 Contemporary Concrete Buildings
Philip Jodidio
Hardcover, 2 vols. in slipcase, 24.0 x 30.5 cm, 730 pages
Published by Taschen
(taschen.com)