Tuesday, 12 August 2014

AT LAST! SECRET ORIGINS OF THE SUPER DC HEROES...


All images copyright DC COMICS

It just doesn't seem like 38 years since I first saw the above
book advertised in the pages of a DC comic and thought how nice
it would be to have one.  Back then, however, American items were
far more difficult to come by for British readers unless they were also
sold on these shores - and, alas, not everything was.  If the book ever
appeared in this country at the time, I never saw it - nor have I
ever spoken to anyone who had a copy back then.

Fortunately (sometimes), the internet has made the world a
much smaller place, and today I received what seems to be a first
edition of The SECRET ORIGIN Of SUPER DC HEROES.  For a
book which is nearly 40 years old, the condition is immaculate, and my
next step is to secure a protective clear 'library' sleeve for the dustjacket.
This was obviously an attempt by NATIONAL PERIODICAL PUB-
LICATIONS (as DC was known at the time) to plough the same field
that MARVEL had with ORIGINS Of MARVEL COMICS,
which had been a best-seller a year or two before. 

Several copies of this book are currently on sale on eBay,
in hardback and softcover editions, in various conditions, in prices
ranging from around $30 right up to the $300 mark.  Believe me, I got
it at an absolute steal for a fraction of that higher amount and less than
the lower one.  So far, I've only had a chance to browse through it, and I
noticed just one little flaw.  The date of the 'creation' of the Silver
Age FLASH is given as 1967 instead of '56, but let's assume
it's just a typo and forgive it this one indiscretion.

However, rather than witter on about it, why not show you
some of the interior pages?  No sooner said than done, faithful
fans (of comics, not me) so hold onto your hats - we're off!






Okay, that's enough - there's no point in spoiling you.  However,
just look at all the characters (below) covered in the book - nice, eh? 
Might be worth a visit to eBay, don't you think?

16 comments:

dbutler16 said...

Are you trying to bankrupt me? Actually $30 would be a good deal for that, but $300 is way too rich for my blood. It does indeed look awesome.

Kid said...

Actually, if you have the stories in other publications (and I have most if not all of them) then you don't really need the book. However, it's one I set my heart on 38 years ago and it gives me a sense of accomplishment to finally own it.

John Pitt said...

I recognise the Batman origin from a red paperback I bought around '66 with the origin in black & white.( didn't you once show us this very same book?)

Kid said...

I did indeedy, JP. It was re-released by Titan Books (with a different cover and slightly abridged) in the early or mid-'90s, I think (if not earlier).

dbutler16 said...

I've got ab out half of these origins, but this does look like a pretty neat book.

Kid said...

Well worth having, DB. If you can get an inexpensive copy, go for it!

Graham said...

I remember getting this for Christmas when it first came out. I was about as excited as you are now. That was the first time all of those stories had been collected like that and I just loved it. It was one of my favorite books growing up because I was somewhat partial to the DC heroes at that time.

Kid said...

Straight on to eBay with you, Graham. You can obtain a replacement copy and be as happy as I am now. (Or do you still have your original?)

Graham said...

Still have the original somewhere at my parents' house....stashed away in a cabinet or closet. I got it and the Marvel set (Origins, Son of..., and Bring On The Bad Guys) at the same time. :)

Kid said...

Graham, I'd get over to your parents' house and nab those books pronto. I've lost count of the number of times I've heard of parents giving their children's stuff to charity shops or jumble sales, thinking "They won't want these old books or toys any more!"

dbutler16 said...

Tell me about it, Kid. Say goodbye to all of my Star Wars spaceships (though my dad did hang on to the action figures). My mom kept all of my comics for about 15 years until I claimed them, but my treasury sized comics went AWOL somewhere along the way.

Kid said...

It's always sad to find out that things you thought were being kept safe for you and that you could reclaim at any time, were discarded many years back without you knowing. Parents, eh?

dbutler16 said...

Yeah, parents. Can't live with 'em, couldn't have lived without 'em.

Kid said...

Wisdom? On this blog?! We must be in an alternate universe.

cerebus660 said...

I've still got my slightly beat-up copy of this book that I've owned since way back in 1976. There's no UK price on it so, as you say, I don't think it was published here. I've got no idea where my copy came from... but I'm glad I've got it :-)

Kid said...

Ah, so it WAS available then. No doubt mail order places like Dark They Were & Golden Eyed and Maya Merchandising imported some to sell here. Thanks, Cerebus.

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