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DC Comics: The Golden Age 1938-1956: A Special Edition From The Folio Society

    Folio Society’s latest release, “DC Comics: The Golden Age,” marks the triumphant return of the pioneering inaugural exploits of iconic superheroes such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and an array of other legendary characters. This meticulously curated collection promises to be a monumental event in the world of comic book enthusiasts and offers an unprecedented opportunity to revisit the foundational stories that birthed the DC Comics universe.

    In this awe-inspiring anthology, readers will embark on a captivating journey back to the very origins of these beloved heroes. It’s a chance to witness the groundbreaking moments when Superman first took flight when Batman donned his iconic cape and cowl, and when Wonder Woman stepped onto the scene as a symbol of empowerment and justice. These stories are the cornerstone of the comic book industry, and they continue to resonate with fans worldwide, transcending generations with their enduring appeal.

    The term “earth-shattering” aptly describes the impact of these Golden Age tales, as they set the standard for storytelling excellence, captivating readers with their unparalleled creativity and innovative narrative techniques. DC Comics: The Golden Age allows readers to explore the rich tapestry of this foundational era, providing a deep dive into the characters’ earliest adventures, their noble quests, and the challenges they faced in a world desperately in need of heroes.

    This collection not only celebrates the iconic characters themselves but also the visionary creators who brought them to life. It’s a testament to the enduring legacy of DC Comics, a testament that continues to shape the landscape of popular culture and inspire countless storytellers and artists to this day.

    DC Comics: The Golden Age spotlights every major character debut from this formative era, including the earliest incarnations of some of the world’s most iconic superheroes. In these early stories, Superman has yet to gain his famous powers of flight and battles corrupt landlords in lieu of crazed Super-Villains. Elsewhere, you’ll meet the original Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern and DC’s Captain Marvel (later known as ‘Shazam’). Classic adventures abound, including Wonder Woman’s first mission to America in 1942’s Sensation Comics #1 and the traditional Catwoman caper Claws of the Catwoman from 1947’s Batman #42. Presented here in prestige format are perfect examples of Golden Age comic-book art. Plastic Man #5 from 1946 showcases the brilliantly expressive cartooning of John Spranger, while legendary artist Wayne Boring updates Superman’s origin story for 1948’s Superman #53, establishing the signature look that would define the character throughout the 1950s. This exhaustive collection brings you back to the day the superhero genre was forged, retaining every authentic detail of the original comic books. Available only from The Folio Society, DC Comics: The Golden Age showcases the birth of modern American mythology.

    Former DC Editor-in-Chief Jenette Kahn selects and introduces eighteen epoch-making stories published during the formative age of American comic books. Scanned directly from original copies held in the DC archives, these seminal stories collect the earliest – often startling – incarnations of our modern superhero icons. Discover original work by the genre’s founding fathers, from Superman creators Joe Seigel and Jerry Shuster, Batman’s Bob Kane with Bill Finger, and Wonder Woman writer William Moulton Marston. 

    Whether you’re a seasoned fan who grew up reading these classic comics or a newcomer eager to discover the roots of the superhero genre, “DC Comics: The Golden Age” promises an unparalleled literary and visual experience that will leave an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of all who delve into its pages.

    Content

    – Detective Comics #27 (May 1939)
    – Superman #3 (December 1939)
    – Flash Comics #1 (January 1940)
    – Whiz Comics #1 (February 1940)
    – Batman #1 (March 1940)
    – Action Comics #23 (April 1940)
    – All-American Comics #16 (July 1940)
    – Police Comics #1 (August 1941)
    – More Fun Comics #73 (November 1941)
    – All-Star Comics #8 (January 1942)
    – Sensation Comics #1 (January 1942)
    – Plastic Man #5 (September 1946)
    – Batman #42 (August 1947)
    – All-Star Comics #37 (November 1947)
    – Batman #44 (December 1947)
    – Superman #53 (August 1948)
    – Sensation Comics #81 (September 1948)

    Tony M.