Review by C.J. Bunce
While other kids were “making mine Marvel,” I couldn’t get enough of the 1970s Justice League of America, and spent many an hour memorizing Superman’s family ancestry back on Krypton. Tentpole icons Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, the Hall of Justice, and the exploits of battling thousands of villains produced more monthly books than a single person could ever read (although a few have claimed to do so). Writer Randall Lotowycz has amassed some of the basics but even more of the extremes, lists of “Who’s Who?” and “What’s What?” and the stranger side of DC Comics in the new book The DC Book of Lists: A Multiverse of Legacies, Histories, and Hierarchies. An indispensable sourcebook for DC fans, it’s also proof you can’t get through more than 80 years of continuously publishing content and not have some very quirky characters and situations.
Can you name the eight best known DC motorcycle riders? This 256-page, full-color hardcover volume serves as a good source for comic book trivia, too. You think Aquaman riding a sea horse is the strangest superhero form of transportation? Think again. It also includes blueprints to Wonder Woman’s invisible jet (soak on that a minute).
The DC Book of Lists doesn’t have it all, but it has a lot–and there’s a lot of… odd… in the DCU. This is only a little more than 100 lists, groups, and commonalities. It includes Clark Kent’s first meetings with other superheroes (young Oliver Queen and Barbara Gordon lived in Kansas?). All of the DCU’s magic wielders? Check. The best includes the 50 most peculiar trick arrows in Green Arrow’s quiver (can you even name five?). All the names of DC’s famous cats and apes? They’re in there.
What ever happened to Animal Man? Find out in the book. The “Who’s Who” content is the kind of information even long-time DC Comics writers will be referring back to to fill in the blanks of their next story. Like a roster of Daily Planet employees, all the named characters of Themyscira (71!), and a roll call of the Gotham City Police Department, all fleshed out in detail from more than eight decades of comics. Need a list of every prisoner in the Phantom Zone? It’s in there, too.
Every page includes famous artwork, 80+ years of it from dozens of artists, and ideas from hundreds of writers over the years. See if you can identify all 141 characters on the cover!
A great summer release from publisher Running Press, a book to come back to over and over again, and perfect for fans who remember the original DC Who’s Who, check out The DC Book of Lists: A Multiverse of Legacies, Histories, and Hierarchies, now available here at Amazon.