The single most comprehensive book on DC Comics with more than 2,000 imagesincluding covers, illustrations, film stills, and collectiblesand in-depth essays by DC veteran Paul Levitz. This new edition brings you all the same DC glory of TASCHENs Eisner Awardwinning original XL volume in a more compact format. In 1935, DC Comics founder Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson published New Fun No. 1the first comic book with all-new original materialat a time when comic books were mere repositories for the castoffs of the newspaper strips. What was initially considered to be disposable media for children was well on its way to becoming the mythology of our timethe 20th centurys answer to Atlas or Zorro. More than 40,000 comic books later, TASCHEN has produced the single most comprehensive book on DC Comics. More than 2,000 imagescovers and interiors, original illustrations, photographs, film stills, and collectiblesare reproduced using the latest technology to bring the story lines, the characters, and their creators to vibrant life as theyve never been seen before. Telling the tales behind the tomes is 38-year DC veteran Paul Levitz, whose in-depth essays trace the companys history, from its pulp origins through to the future of digital publishing, alongside year-by-year timelines and biographies of DC legends.