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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?