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The early 1980s saw a tectonic shift rumble through the world of comic books. The newsstands and mom-and-pop stores that had been comics' primary distribution points were vanishing, taking with them the familiar "Hey Kids! Comics!" displays. In their place, new world of comic book specialty shops was opening up, changing the medium's audience--and everything else about the art form.
In the first of three comprehensive volumes exploring this revolutionary decade, former DC Comics president and veteran comics writer Paul Levitz revisits the stories that exemplified this vanishing world: oncedominant genres like war and mystery that were fading from prominence; veteran creative talents doing some of their last--and best--work; and the final stories of the world's greatest superheroes to be done in the styles typical of the era, before Crisis on Infinite Earths changed everything.
Presented here are milestones in graphic storytelling from a host of comics' legendary figures, including: Jim Aparo, Mike W. Barr, Cary Bates, Stephen R. Bissette, E. Nelson Bridwell, Rich Buckler, Gerry Conway, Denys Cowan, Johnny Craig, J.M. DeMatteis, Tony DeZunija, Lee Elias, Mark Evanier, Michael Fleisher, Ramona Fradon, Dave Gibbons, Dick Giordano, Sam Glanzman, Mike Grell, Irwin Hasen, Don Heck, Carmine Infantino, Michael Wm. Kaluta, Gil Kane, Bob Kanigher, Joe Kubert, Paul Kupperberg, David Michelinie, Alan Moore, Dennis O'Neil, Nestor Redondo, Kurt Schaeffenberger, Walter Simonson, Tom Sutton, Curt Swan, Rick Veitch, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, and many more!
They are accompanied by a wealth of never-before-reprinted rarities, including excerpts from DC's first printed style guide by José Luis García-López, the long-unseen Masters of the Universe Preview, and Alan Moore's complete proposal for his unpublished Twilight maxiseries--all framed by new essays recounting these amazing events from hands-on participants Elliot S! Maggin, J.M. DeMatteis, Andy Kubert, Jack C. Harris, and Paul Kupperberg.
Look back on a vanished time and smile again at its magic with DC Through the '80s: The End of Eras--where the modern era of comics was born!
From the Hall of Justice come these tales of the Justice League of America, inspired by their hit 1970s animated TV series. In these 1970s tales, the Justice League of America assembles to battle villains including Felix Faust, Gorilla Grodd, and Sinestro, and face the threat of the aliens that stole Atlantis! These tales are written by DC editor and historian E. Nelson Bridwell with art by classic DC artist Ramona Fradon, best known for her work on Aquaman and Metamorpho.
Collects Super Friends #27-47.
The future of the X-Men is here! Karma. Wolfsbane. Sunspot. Cannonball. Moonstar. Follow their early days at Xavier's School - including battles against Sentinels, the Hellfi re Club, the Brood and more! New recruits Magma, Magik and Cypher fi nd their footing, a deadly rivalry begins with Emma Frost's Hellions - and the Demon Bear that haunts Dani Moonstar bares his teeth, Bill Sienkiewicz-style! Will the New Mutants survive - and if so, can they make a new friend in the alien Warlock? Plus, the mind-bending debut of Professor X's son, Legion! The unsettling return of a shadow from the past! And the tragic tale that transformed Illyana Rasputin into Magik!
COLLECTING: MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL (1982) 4; NEW MUTANTS (1983) 1-34; NEW MUTANTS ANNUAL (1984) 1; MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) 100 (A STORY), 149; MARVEL TEAM-UP ANNUAL (1976) 6; UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) 160, 167, 180, 189, 192; MAGIK (1983) 1-4
John Byrne transforms the West Coast Avengers! But first, the team must survive showdowns with the Defi ler and the Night Shift - and Mockingbird is haunted by the terrible specter of the Phantom Rider! Then, Byrne takes charge - and the legendary writer/artist immediately leaves his mark on the Whackos with a startling transformation for the Vision! As the team grapples with what's happened to their old friend, Vision's wife the Scarlet Witch descends into darkness - and learns shocking revelations about her children! Amid the chaos, the U.S.Agent muscles his way onto the roster, the bizarre Great Lakes Avengers assemble, and a Golden Age legend blazes his way back from the grave!
COLLECTING: VOL. 4: WEST COAST AVENGERS (1985) 38-46, AVENGERS WEST COAST (1989) 47-52, WEST COAST AVENGERS ANNUAL (1986) 3, AVENGERS WEST COAST ANNUAL (1989) 4, MATERIAL FROM AVENGERS SPOTLIGHT (1989) 23
New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman (THE SANDMAN) joins a murderer's row of superstar artists in lending his unique touch to the Batman mythos! Spotlighting the story "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?," from BATMAN #686 and DETECTIVE COMICS #853, in which Gaiman joins artist Andy Kubert and inker Scott Williams for a story that shines a new light on the Batman mythos, this title also collects stories from SECRET ORIGINS #36, SECRET ORIGINS SPECIAL #1 and BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE #2.
Legendary writer Alan Moore's seminal Superman tales are collected in this Deluxe Edition hardcover in which the Man of Steel faces his greatest foes and his final battle with the combined forces of Brainiac and Lex Luthor! Also featuring the classic story "For the Man who has Everything" from Superman Annual #11 in which Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman fight the evil warlord Mongul for the fate of The Man of Steel, as illustrated by Moore's Watchmen collaborator, artist Dave Gibbons. And in a tale from DC Comics Presents #85, Superman meets Swamp Thing, a character fans have identified with Moore for over 20 years!