A new book chronicling the history of DC Comics is going way back to see where Batman and other heroes really began, and The Hollywood Reporter has a look inside.
The Golden Age of DC Comics: 1935-1956 has more than 400 pages full of illustrations examining the early days of some of comics’ heavy hitters, including the caped crusader, Superman and Wonder Woman.
From TASCHEN books and written by Paul Levitz, the book is part of a five-volume series exploring DC history using material culled from the massive 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Myth-Making, which won an Eisner Award in 2011. This particular volume looks at the earliest days of the storied comic book publisher.
Golden Age looks at the creators behind the characters, as well as the history that shaped them, such as the burning of comic books during the height of McCarthyism.
It features an interview with iconic artist Joe Kubert, who began a 10-year tenure drawing comic books at DC in 1943.
Taschen will be releasing four follow-up volumes covering the Silver Age, Bronze Age, Dark Age and Modern Age later in 2013.
Golden Age of DC Comics is currently on sale.
The artwork for Golden Age and the covers to the follow-up books below.