The DC Vault: A Museum-In-A-Book

The DC Vault: A Museum-In-A-Book (2006)

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The DC Vault arrived in the mail this week and I was extremely excited to paw through it. The museum-in-a-book presents a great deal of insight on the history of DC and the creative process as well as numerous reproduced items/ephemera. My primary focus was the portions of the book featuring Swamp Thing and there are a few!
Action Comics #1 ashcan preligion army cover (left page) and an ad for the book on the right.
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A reproduction of Double Action Comics #2! Only three original ash and are known to exist. None of #1 are known to exist.
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Batman #30 (from notes to finished cover) helped to support the war effort.
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I love reading and seeing the creative process.
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I was really excited to see the Junior Justice Society secret decoder. This page includes a Batman mask (1942), Wonder Woman pin and secret decoder (circa 1943).
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This page featuring the cover to Brother Power The Geek caught my eye. Not only do I enjoy the short lived book,  the title plays a small part in Swamp Thing series 2. Chester Williams has a long history with Brother Power.
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The book includes a few exl pleas of foreign merchandise. When the Swamp Thing museum-in-a-book comes out, I hope I can contribute some wacky, hard to find collectibles.
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Swamp Thing shares a spread with a really great RagMan sketch.
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Swamp Thing #12 process sketch and finished cover by Nestor Redondo
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Ragman #1 sketch with notes
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DC’s internal stationary was pretty awesome! I haven’t seen many of these floating around the Internet.
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Here’s a detail of the Plastic Man stationary.
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When DC moved locations they released this promo announcement to let everyone know.
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Swamp Thing #43 process sketch and finished cover by Steve Bissette
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History of the DC Universe Poster
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DC color palette guides/brand standards
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Wonder Woman pencils and inks
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The DC holiday cards
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I was surprised to see this Charles Vess card in the mix. I was able to track down an original copy of the holiday card a few years back. I wrote about it here.
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It’s great how DC was able to pack so many cool things into one book. I was able to find a copy for less than $10. Ebay and Amazon have copies available for around the same price.
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