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HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE (Hardcover) (1987) Graphitti Designs

cover:  Bill Sienkiewicz
Date:  1987
Cover Price: $35.00
Publisher: /Graphitti Designs

History of the DC Universe (168 pages) 
Limited hardcover for 10,000 copies.
Includes a special History of the DC Universe cloisonne pin and a poster by various artist, including George Perez. Perez also painted a Wonder Woman piece with Trina Robbins as well as a written introduction.

New Perez art

"A Sense of Wonder: The Amazon Mythos" (1 page)
George Pérez
Trina Robbins/George Pérez (1 page)
George Pérez

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    HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE (Hardcover) (1987)
    Graphitti Designs

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    History Of The DC Universe mentioned in DC Direct Currents #2

    posted Jan 28, 2019, 8:56 PM by Vu Sleeper


    DC DIRECT CURRENTS #2 (Feb 1988)
    DC Comics
    A continued look at pre-internet publisher’s comics solicitations, this time DC Direct Currents 2 February 1988. Wow, what a month. Batman: The Killing Joke, History Of The DC Universe hardcover, Action Comics Weekly, plus a profile on Mike Baron.


     October 9, 2003 | History of the DCU Poster
    From Vu


    HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE (Hardcover) (1987)
    Graphitti Designs
    Created for Graphitti Designs' HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE (Hardcover) (also printed inside the book as a tri-fold page), this poster feature over 50 artists, including George Pérez.

    The only means to getting this poster was through a postcard that came with the book. There was a limited print of 10,000 copies, but I suspect not everyone who bought the hardcover sent away their poster -- so this is an extremely rare poster.

    Artists and their signatures on this poster includes: Jim Mooney, Jim Aparo, Steve Bissette/John Totleben, Denys Cowan, P Craig Russell, Mart Nodell, Joe Staton, Dave Stevens, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jack Kirby/Mike Royer, Keith Giffen, Brett Blevins/Al Williamson, Michael Kaluta, Gene Colan, Steve Lightle, Brian Bolland, Michael T Gilbert, Jim Starlin, Joe Kubert, Art Adams, Walt Simonson, Paul Norris, Mike Grell, Mary Wilshire, Andy Kubert, Gil Kane, Kurt Schaffenberger, Bob Kane, Curt Swan, George Pérez, Howard Chaykin, Jan Duursema, Carmine Infantino, Jim Steranko, Gray Morrow, Neal Adams, Murphy Anderson, Dave Gibbons, Gilbert Hernandez, Dan Spiegle, Frank Thorne, Ramona Fradon, Matt Wagner, Ernie Colon, Bob Kane, Irwin Hasen, Joe Orlando, Dave Stevens, Pat Broderick, Jamie Hernandez, Steve Rude, Frank McLaughlin, and Dick Giordano.

     October 9, 2003 | Wray Original Color Pages
    From Kirk

    Pages are air brushed by Bill Wray.

    History of the DC Universe Color Reproduction Page art by Perez, air brushed by Bill Wray.
     March 2, 2003 | History/DC Universe Print Update
    From Kevin McGovern

    This is in response to Victors question dated 2 March about enclosed picture.

    It appeared in the limited edition of the HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE. A run of 1000 copies which were signed by both George and Marv on this special plate in that edition only. I have just purchased this edition myself from eBay! Hope that helps Victor?!

     March 2, 2003 | History/DC Print?
    From Victor

    I ran across this "History of the DC Universe signed and numbered print" on the JLA/Avengers port site. I just want to know if you know of when this was printed, what was the print run, where it was sold and if there is any where to locate one now. I have attached an image of the print for you.

    Any info you can send me is greatly appreciated.

    (Vu: Anyone? I checked Andy Mangels's PEREZ ARCHIVES #1, but there was no reference to this poster.)
     February 20, 2002
    From Vu
    Please read the entire Printing the Legend by Marv Wolfman. Not because it was painstakingly transcribed by me, but it gives a good insight on how the book was assembled, ironically a history lesson on the History book.

    This new introduction is obviously different introduction which was written for the HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE HC (Graphiti Version). Here is an excerpt from "THE BEGINNING" written by Marv Wolfman (Sept 22, 1987)

    ...And so I suggested The History of the DC Universe - a chronological time-line of the Universe as it now stands. Everything is in order. Everything important has been explained. And it is all brought to life in a magnificent art-portfolio by George Pérez which transcends comic book sequential art.

    I conceived The History as an art book with just enough text to explain the order of the universe but not to interfere with the art. In my original discussion of The History of the DC Universe we talked about a special version of the series - where we would take the two 48 page issues of The History and bind them together in hardcover form. I asked that a special fold-out be included and that we make the book something truly different. Comic books had been disposable items for too long. The special version of The History of the DC Universe was meant to be put on bookshelves as something the fans would treasure and keep.