DC Comics: A Celebration of the World's Favorite Comic Book by Les Daniels

By Les Daniels

Now up to date, increased, and on hand in paperback—the definitive chronicle of DC’s celebrated characters and their proficient creators! within the approximately 70 years because the construction of the 1st large- heroes, DC’s mythical group of artists, writers, and editors have built, subtle, and prolonged the succeed in in their comedian booklet characters.

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This is due in part to the eye-catching full-page battle scene featured in the ad. The illustration was penned by renowned comic book artist Russ Heath (Uncanny Tales, Frontline Combat). Ironically, this fifty-dollar art gig would become one of Heath’s best-known works. sign. indd 37 6/13/11 7:24 PM 38 COMIC BOOK FLATS 204 CONTINUED... REVOLUTIONARY WAR SOLDIERS The assortment of Revolutionary Soldiers is the only one to pass the two hundred mark, making it the largest collection of its kind. This set is also notable because later versions were produced as three-dimensional figures, though they remained about half the size of store-bought soldiers.

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