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THE SILVER AGE OF COMIC BOOK ART by Arlen Schumer is an artistic overview of the entire Silver Age of comics -- a book that every DIAL B for Blog fan should own!
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THE SILVER AGE OF COMIC BOOK ART is a coffee-table sized hardcover featuring an explosion of fine art on every page... and when I say "fine art," I don't mean Michelangelo or Da Vinci, I mean Infantino, Kirby, Ditko, Steranko, Adams and the rest of the gang.

Arlen and I share a love of Silver Age comic and we are both graphic designers who have a similar approach, but (contrary to rumors that have been circulating for years) we are NOT the same person! So swears Robby Reed, creator of this web site and author of this article, but NOT the author OR the creator of THE SILVER AGE OF COMIC BOOK ART.

Before we start today's ABC QUIZ, just to give you some idea what's INSIDE the book, here's a spread featuring The Atom...
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And here's the Flash, Fastest Man Alive!
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It's NOT all DC -- Marvel is well represented too! Here's a Spidey-spread...
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XArlen recently revised his masterpiece, but he kept the same dust-jacket image as the original book, an image which contains the entire history of the Silver Age at a glance. As you can see from the reproduction of the book's cover, pictured right, each letter of the book's title contains a different Silver Age image.

This issue of DIAL B for BLOG is all about identifying the SOURCE of each letter's image! It's a quiz for YOU, reader! And it's not easy -- the images come from a wide range of sources, including covers, panels, and even ads. There are 26 letters/ images total. How many of the artists can YOU name? And how many of the original sources can YOU identify?

Make your best guess as to both SOURCE and ARTIST, then place your cursor over the box to see the original source, and the artist who drew the image. It's like a Silver Age comic book alphabet quiz!

Reader, do you know your ABC's? Let's find out. Here we go!

T H E

T
The "T" is fairly easy. It's the Atom -- but from where?
HINT: This source was NOT tiny... it was two full pages!

H
The "H" is the toughest one of the entire bunch!

The "E" is obviously Batman -- but NOT from a comic story!
HINT: Bruce Wayne is always a MODEL citizen.

S I L V E R

The "S" is another impossible one -- it could be from almost anywhere!
HINT: It comes from one of the most iconic Superman images ever.

The "I" is The Spectre -- but which "grave" did he rise from?
HINT: This was the "SECOND" time Spec rose from the grave.

The "L" has a Dynamo, and not the kind owned by Con Edison!
HINT: Not metal, glass, or plastic...

The "V" is obviously Green Lantern, but from where, and by who?
HINT: It ain't from a cover OR a story!

E
The "E" -- can you see where this DD image came from? He can't!
HINT: See Netflix Daredevil episode four for a clue. (Just kidding.)

The "R" is obviously a soldier-- but from which battlefield?
HINT: Remember the Kid Guerrillas of Unit Three?

A G E

The "A" sure looks like Capt. A-merica, but from which iceberg?
HINT: Chris Evans did not appear in the source!

The "G" -- it looks like Bruce Banner got angry again!
HINT: Marvel used this cover image over and over for decades.

The "E" flies like a bird, but from what nest, and by who?
HINT: Try the Absorbascon!

O F

Get the "O," or you'll be furious with yourself!
SEINFELD-REFERENCE ARTIST HINT: Jimmy likes comics.

The "F" is obviously a certain super speedster -- but it's NOT a cover!
HINT: It's not a poster or an ad either.

C O M I C

The "C" is Shellhead, the box-office superstar.
HINT: Draw by a "dean," but not for any cover.

The "O" is the strangest one of the whole bunch...
HINT: If you can't get this one immediately, drop dead from shame!

The "M" is the most mysterious and spatial one of the whole bunch!
HINT: The surname of the wife of Michael Douglas makes him beam.

The "I" contains ego-maniac Green Arrow, but by whom, and from where?
HINT: It was the first time we saw GA in his new outfit and goat.

The "C" holds a depressed-looking Robin, and also begins the artist's surname.
HINT: You'll never get it. Give up. Quit, reader, quit!

B O O K

The "B" shows us Norrin Rad, and also begins the artist's surname.
HINT: He's not a golden glider, he's a...

The "O" features an angry Thing... but where did he get so mad?
HINT: Not a cover! Not a poster! Not an imaginary story!

The image in the "O" looks very strange to me. I might need a doctor!
HINT: Oh come on, if the clue above isn't enough, give up now.

The "K" has a glaring Subby, but can you name the ocean he's from?
HINT: How do you keep an idiot in Suspense? I'll tell you tomorrow!

A R T

The "A" features a certain Ace, of the non-friend variety.
HINT: He flies the non-life-giving skies, and hammers not heaven.

The "R"also ends the hero's name. Which of the nine worlds is it from?
HINT: If you can't immediately see it's a Kirby Thor, you might need glasses.

Last but not least -- a flamin', flyin', fightin'-mad Torch! But on which FF cover?
HINT: No hint this time. Isn't that inhuman of me?



That's all reader! If you got more then TEN right, consider yourself a true super-fan of THE SILVER AGE OF COMIC BOOK ART. If didn't get at least TWO right, ummm... forgive me for asking, but why did you take this quiz? You might be on the wrong web page. Just saying.


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THE END!

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