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Dc Comics Encyclopedia Updated [Hardcover]

Dorling Kindersley
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Sept. 23 2008
Following the success of the first edition, the updated and revised DC Comics Encyclopedia offers even more incredible DC detail and imagery than the original. 48 brand-new pages include major updates on characters and storylines (including the recent "Infinite Crisis" story arc). This spectacular, up-to-the-minute encyclopedia will delight comic fans of every age.

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This is the definitive tome and pretty much 'the' must-have reference for the shelves of any comic book fan... Exhaustively researched and lavishly illustrated pages stuffed with gorgeously sexy original artwork. Bristol Evening Post --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Daniel Wallace is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Characters as well as a dozen more books that explore the underpinnings of the Star Wars universe, such as Star Wars: The Essential Atlas and The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia. He is a regular contributor to Star Wars Insider magazine and assembled the questions used in the Star Wars Trivial Pursuit game. In addition to his contributions to the galaxy far, far away, he has written for universes including Indiana Jones, Smallville, Supernatural, DC Comics, and Marvel Comics, with books including The Marvel Encyclopedia, The DC Comics Chronicle, and The Art of Superman Returns. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Sept. 21 2011
By LHenry
Everything you need to know about DC Comics. Very informative and nicely illustrated. There is no need to buy anything else.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool book Aug. 15 2011
By Bham89
Good reference for all the favorite characters. Has sections on eveything, from alternate universes and "romances". It had cool illustatrations, with some copies of original drawings.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Complete DC Resource Available Aug. 25 2010
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This updated version is incredibly put together.

It is indeed, The Most Complete DC Resource Available.

It gives in-depth articles on characters, is page after page of great illustrations and art.

It is a "must have" for any comics fan, and at this price it really can't be overlooked!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Editorial Disaster but An Exciting Book for Superhero Enthusiasts! Sept. 29 2009
By M. Udlock - Published on Amazon.com
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For collectors who enjoy collecting books about comicbooks and superheroes, this is an essential piece of your library. I am happy to own it, bu I would have been extremely frustrated if I paid the original list price.

The DC Comics Encyclopedia, by DK Publishing, reflects some of the sloppiest editorial work I have ever read from a professional book publisher. I have been in education most of my adult working life and I expect a higher standard of quality work from my teenage students when it comes to reviewing and editing their own work.

I am not qualified to evaluate the accuracy of the information but you don't need to be an expert to spot the many flaws. Many pictures are mislabeled. Some sentences just stop midway and pick up with the next sentence. I have even found what looks like editorial notes that were clearly intended for one of the many contributors. It is incredible to believe that this would miss the watchful eye of the editor and publisher and actually make it to print.

As a reference book, The DC Comics Encyclopedia still has value. I can only hope that the person or people responsible for the sloppy work are not hired on for additional projects in the near future. Comics may not be considered "high literature" but for those of us who admire the work of the creators, artist, writers, and publishers of comic books...we, along with the creators, themselves, deserve more respect than what is evidenced by the work in this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book but no longer Relevant Oct. 26 2012
By Eric K. - Published on Amazon.com
This is a beautiful, giant-sized coffee table book for any fan of DC Comics. It gives you an in-depth, yet succinct, account of DC Comics' heroes, villains, and those in between. It provides their statistics and a well-written history for each. Each entry is dotted with images from the actual comics across the years. Also included are entries for important events in the DC Universe, such as the Crisis on Infinite Earths.

The downside? None of the facts and figures in this book are relevant anymore in DC Comics' New 52 reboot. The heroes and villains in the current DC Comics no longer have the history displayed so wonderfully in this book.

So, if you're a huge fan of DC Comics pre-2011, this is a fantastic book for you. It serves as a great reminder of the classic stories that DC offered prior to scrapping everything and starting over. Just be aware that none of the information presented apply to present-day DC Comics.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good expantion June 29 2012
By K. Pring - Published on Amazon.com
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I originally had the DC Encyclopedia without the expanded updates and I have to say I like the updated information the larger book provides, what I think they did, however, war remove some of the character (doing a side by side comparison) to make room for the newer characters and/or thier discriptions. Overall it is a great book, I do think the next expantion should be just a separate, smaller book with the new material in it like the Watchmen world and the new "Before Watchmen" series they've started as well as the revamp for the NEW 52, (which I a very much enjoying for those who wonder), thanks for reading folk, have a nice day!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dive into the world of DC Sept. 19 2012
By Jennie Quinn - Published on Amazon.com
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I never thought for one moment that I will be interested in the world of DC or Marvel until recently. My son is using these books to educate me. We have worked through the alphabetic list in the book and are now at S where all the Super Heroes enter the arena. As we page through this beautifully illustrated book, my 10 year old lectures me on the different heroes, how they fit together in certain stories, who is the father/mother/brother/sister of who and how to tell a villain from a hero. I am so happy I bought these books. They are a treat for anybody who enjoys comics. Each listed character comes with his/her own character guide: a detailed info sheet explaining all about the character and it is also a quick reference guide. What I really would like to do is make boxes for each of his six books, because these are going to become family heirlooms. They are hard cover, quite heavy and big, or as my son pointed out: a solid foundation to sound knowledge of the world of DC!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Look at the DC Universe June 19 2012
By Minilith - Published on Amazon.com
Not a complete reference, especially on material pre-crisis. But all the majors are here, and some real eye-popping illustrations. A high quality product.
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