The Sil­ver Age of DC Comics

it’s groovy, man How the writ­ers and artists of Bat­man and Su­per­man rein­vented the iconic char­ac­ters for the swing­ing 60s

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Ijust fell in love with comic books. I didn’t ex­pect to,” says leg­endary comic artist Neal Adams in The Sil­ver Age of DC Comics. It’s easy to see why: fol­low­ing the Golden Age of DC Comics in its early years, it ex­pe­ri­enced a resur­gence in the 1960s, when writ­ers and artists tapped into more sci-fi themes.

Au­thor Paul Levitz has trawled DC’s ar­chives from 1955 un­til 1970 to cre­ate this in-depth yet ac­ces­si­ble com­pen­dium, and it’s a ter­rific jour­ney for the pub­lisher from graphic nov­els to tie-in TV se­ries, movies and mer­chan­dis­ing. There’s some­thing rather quaint about see­ing the pen­drawn and hand-coloured comics of yore, but they nonethe­less deliver a strong sense of char­ac­ter and story.

Of course, you could pick up the orig­i­nal comics them­selves if you re­ally wanted, but Paul’s bite-sized, knowl­edge­able cu­ra­tion fills you in on im­por­tant back­story and snip­pets of in­for­ma­tion. It’s part of a five-vol­ume se­ries on DC’s his­tory, which cov­ers its in­cep­tion to the present day. Based on The Sil­ver Age we’d say they’re es­sen­tial – if weighty – ad­di­tions to any comic fan’s book­case.

The Legion of Su­per-He­roes find them­selves in a tight spot, as scripted by a young Jim Shooter.

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