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by Les Daniels
Book design by Chip Kidd
Hardcover: 192 pages
Chronicle Books
ISBN: 0811821625
From Flaunt :
"The Man of Steel, and the events that forged him. Lavishly illustrated with every kind of Superman memorabilia imaginable and original comic panels, plus social discourse on the half-century life and influence of comicdoms most celebrated illegal alien."
While comic books trace their origins to the late 19th century, Superman, who debuted in 1938's Action Comics #1, is virtually synonymous with the medium. Yet, as Superman, the Complete History shows, the Man of Steel has also made a lasting impact in comic strips, film, toys, TV, radio, and even on Broadway. In this beautifully composed volume, Les Daniels collects rare and never-before-seen early artwork by Superman's teenage creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (including a two-page doodle from 1936 featuring early Superman costume designs), and he chronicles the evolution of the character from an orphan alien comics hero to a complex multimedia icon. Entire pages are devoted to photographs of the various costumes worn by TV and film incarnations, of numerous action figures and related toys, and of movie poster and stills. Several comics stories are also reproduced in their entirety.

Almost as impressive as the stunning art design is Daniels's narrative: covering the 60 years from 1938 to 1998, he collects interviews with several writer-artist teams that detail the changes in the Man of Steel and his relationships with Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Lex Luthor, and Perry White. Daniels's examination of the "Death of Superman" story arc, in particular, is a fascinating study of Superman's commercial and archetypal appeal. The final pages preview Superman tales by Barry Windsor-Smith and Alex Ross (whose beautiful painted graphic novel Kingdom Come turned many heads), and the hardback cover holds a special surprise underneath its paper wrap.

--Patrick O'Kelley
Five Fabulous Decades
of the World's Greatest Comics
by Les Daniels
Paperback Edition
Harry N Abrams
ISBN: 0810925664
A celebration of fifty years of Marvel Comics features seven hundred illustrations and a text that traces the history of Marvel, from its first publication in 1939, describing the birth and popularity of The Human Torch, Daredevil, and other superheroes.  The book also includes 17 profiles of the main Marvel super heroes and 40 pages of facsimile stories.
Here are five fabulous decades of the world's greatest comics.

"I don't even like comic books, but I was completely enthralled by this book. The hefty 300 pages of high clay-content, color-saturated pages with over 700 illustrations and detailed text covers the 50-year history of the canonical comic books company which later became one of the industry's greatest innovators. Here there be artists highly skilled at depicting mayhem with clarity and precision, and writers who unerringly touch the (popular) collective unconscious. In addition to beinghighly praised within the comic book community, this book has also received rave reviews from mainstream magazines such as Newsday and People."

700 color illus. 9 1/2 x 11 7/8.

by Les Daniels
Book design by Chip Kidd
Hardcover: 208 pages
Chronicle Books
ISBN: 0811824705
Following on the heels of SUPERMAN: THE COMPLETE HISTORY, author Les Daniels spotlights another famed crime fighter-- one who is perhaps even more popular than Superman.
Batman, the Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight-whatever name he goes by, he is recognized by millions of fans as the most enigmatic and complex character in the super hero pantheon. Driven by personal demons, Bruce Wayne has loosed his shadow self on the villainy of Gotham City for 60 years. In celebration of this anniversary, Chronicle Books is proud to offer the first definitive account of Batman's heroic exploits. Les Daniels covers it all-from Batman's creation and runaway success in 1939, to the campy antics of the Adam West TV show, to the emergence of Frank Miller's very disturbed and very dark Dark Knight, to the billion-dollar movie franchise and beyond. Illustrated with archival comic book art and rare Batman paraphernalia, Batman: The Complete History also includes a comic book story colored by animator Bruce Timm especially for this book. Designed by Batman fan Chip Kidd, this history will please the hardcore fans, and win many new ones.

About the Author
Les Daniels is the author of SUPERMAN: THE COMPLETE HISTORY and THE SUPERMAN MASTERPIECE EDITION. In addition to award-winning action, he has written best-selling histories of DC Comics and Marvel. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
The Complete History
by Les Daniels
Book design by Chip Kidd
Hardcover: 208 pages
Chronicle Books
ISBN: 0811829138
There can't be many people who haven't heard of Wonder Woman, arguably the first female superhero and one of the "big three" (the others being Batman and Superman). She was created by Dr. William Moulton Marston, who also invented the lie detector, as an antidote to masculine comic book adventures, drenched in violent testosterone-fueled imagery and portraying women as helpless weaklings who had to rely on the men to untie them from the train tracks in the nick of time.
Wonder Woman was certainly no weakling. Dressed in stars and stripes, armed with bullet-deflecting bracelets and a magical lasso, and flying around in an invisible jet, she had no qualms about saving her boyfriend Steve Trevor from certain doom each issue while dealing a swift blow to the odd Nazi soldier as well. However, most people who aren't die-hard comic fans will have only memories of the camp and kitschy 1970s TV show, starring the leggy and beautiful Lynda Carter (who also contributes the book's foreword). As compelling and faithful as this small-screen adaptation was, there is so much more to the WW mythology than that, as Les Daniels admirably proves in this gorgeous hardback volume. It features lots of covers and extracted scenes from the comic books, from her earliest appearance to her latest 1990s image changes, and plenty of photographs of the plethora of WW merchandise created over the years. And for those of you old enough to remember the TV show, the lyrics of the infamous theme song are also here in all their star-spangled glory. This is a wonderful, nostalgic journey through the life and times of the first lady of superheroes and a real appreciation of WW's staying power and campy cult status. Beautifully packaged, absorbingly written, and wonderfully illustrated, this is a must-have for comic fans.
--Jonathan Weir,
DC Comics
Sixty Years of the World's Favorite Comic Book Heroes
by Les Daniels
Introduction by Jenette Kahn
Hardcover: 256 pages
Bulfinch Press
ISBN: 0821220764
Comics-- From the Very Beginning

In 1935, popular culture was transformed forever when DC published its first book of "all-new, all-original comic material. To the delight of millions of kids everywhere, the modern comic book was born.

With the introduction of Superman in 1938. DC Comics made history again, this time with the publication of the first super hero comic book. To this day, the Man of Steel remains the most recognized and celebrated hero in the world. Inspired by its innovative early success, DC went on to create legions of other superheores--Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, and dozens more of the most popular comic book characters ever created.

In the sixty years since the first super heroes wer ecreated, the artists, writers, and editors of DC Comics have been develooping, refining and extending the reach of their comic book characters. The DC fictional world has branched into a worldwide profusion of entertainment formats: books, toys, movies, radio, television, videogames, and an online computer network.

Here, for the very first time, is the complete story of America's favorite heroes and their talented, dedicated creators. In over 100 short and spirited essays, author Les Daniels offers remarkable new anecdotes about the company's history, traces the complex genealogies of the characters, describes behind-the-scenes politics that influence the stories, and interviews dozens of artists and writers--the real stars of his engrossing tales. The reader can open the book anywhere and become immersed immediately in the fantasy world of high adventure and magical mayhem.

A chronicle of the lives of Superman, Batman, the Flash, and the other creations of DC Comics includes interviews with the artists and writers and six hundred color illustrations, from covers to storyboards to fan memorabilia.
50,000 first printing.

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