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The DC Vault: A Museum-in-a-Book with Rare Collectibles from the World of DC Comics Hardcover – 4 Sep 2008
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'Remember last year's glorious Marvel Vault? Here's the equally nostalgic counterpart for the house of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman - 192 pages of rarities, oddities and archive treasures, including your very own reproduction Junior Justice Society of America codebreaker wheel from 1942.'
-- SFX, December
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It features the history of DC comics from the 1930's up to the 1990's with heavier emphasis on the earlier formative years. Unlike Marvel which was largely set in familiar surroundings DC based many of its favourite characters in imaginary settings, Batman worked well in Gotham City, Superman in Metropolis and Flash in Central City did not work as well. They also suffered from their being set in different worlds with 2 of their main groups the JLA and JSA set in different universes; a fact that DC recognised and which led to the Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline.
Several of my favourites are here including oddballs like The Inferior Five, Doctor Fate, Metal Men and Solomon Grundy.
That said this collection, like the Marvel vault, is full of great freebies posters, cards, reproductions of original art and a Wonder Woman bookmark, all of which should stay in their respective pouches. Being housed in a spiral folder it is best stored flat to minimise any risk of damage.
This is collection that will be appreciated by most comic fans and features work by such greats as Bob Kane, Shuster and Siegel, Jack Kirby, Carmine Infantino, George Perez and many others.
Although my interest was mainly Marvel comics I can not help but admire the work Martin Pasko has put into this splendid volume. If it had been me I'd still be "researching" catching up on old Batman, Hawkman and Green Lantern/Green Arrow tales.
Reading the Vault bought all those happy memories back to me. The UK didn't get American comics imported on a regular basis until the early 1960s and they were hard to find for years. The Vault covers the period from inception of More Fun Comics and Action and I on reading the Vault I came across so many things I didn't know or saw replica items which were never available in the UK.
The Vault really is a treasure trove and you won't or any reader of DC comics won't be disappointed in the origins, drawings, replica freebies etc. Buy it you will like it.
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