And Then I Read: THE SILVER AGE OF DC COMICS by Paul Levitz

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The second volume by Paul on DC history (drawn from and expanding on the even more massive “75 Years of DC Comics”) covers 1956-70, and encompasses the comics of my childhood, at least those put out by DC. If you were a comics reader in this period, you’ll enjoy all the wonderful pictures of the covers, interior pages and descriptions of the series, genres, editors, writers, and of course the artists. I liked the fact that some of the comics covers were worn and well-read, rather than all the best possible pristine copies. Some of the more important creators get a spotlight of several pages, others just a paragraph, but it’s a large subject, and even with 400 pages to fill, not everything can be covered in depth. I was already familiar with most of the subject matter, so there wasn’t as much new material for me here, though I did miss plenty of the comics from the time, and it was fun to see so many of them represented.

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I particularly enjoyed the photos that Paul and his team were able to find and include, especially this one of a company gathering at the 21 Club in New York in 1957. Like the 1948 staff photo in the first volume, there are many people here I can’t identify, but I do know a few. A larger version is HERE.

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Here are DC editors Larry Nadle at left, someone I don’t know, then Mort Weisinger and Julie Schwartz.

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At left is DC production manager Sol Harrison, an elderly man I don’t know (but I think he was also in the 1948 photo), then Jack Schiff behind another man I don’t recognize, and Murray Boltinoff at right.

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The bosses are standing in the back. I don’t know the first man, but then left to right are Harry Donenfeld, Paul Sampliner, Jack Liebowitz and Irwin Donenfeld.

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There are other photos I hadn’t seen, including a great one of my old boss Jack Adler at work coloring a G.I. COMBAT cover in 1961, and next to long time colorist Jerry Serpe, the only photo I’ve seen of Jerry, though unfortunately his face is obscured.

This is a very large and expensive book, but if you’re a fan of comics history it’s an excellent one to add to your collection. As with all Taschen books, the quality is top notch. Recommended.

2 thoughts on “And Then I Read: THE SILVER AGE OF DC COMICS by Paul Levitz

  1. Howard Blue

    The 1957 staff photo shows 53 year old Mr. Carroll Rheinstrom to the the right of the second man in the center. He’s wearing a bowtie. Rheinstrom’s the subject of the bio I’m writing. He brought Superman and other DC comic books to the world in 1947-1982. In the process, because of a terrific contract he got from Donenfeld he made a fortune.

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