Brent Clark Rogers... Contacted me recently as I asked him about his Book on the DC Universe and the status of any revised edtion forthcoming.
Brent wrote back that "I write the Brent Clark Rogers Guide to the DC Universe. 6 editions out since 1996. I'm hard at work on the 7th. Covers by Scott Rosema".
A review copy of the book was sent to me just as Tina and I were leaving for the Skirball Cultural Center this past weekend, so I brought the book along for reading and discussion with Tina who is into marketing, but not totally familar with the DC Universe.
What I found was that this is a Reference Book... not a Coffee Table Book. As such it is a book that would be of value to fans, collectors, and dealers that read, collect, or buy and sell DC Comics.
Brent does have a few copies left from his last printing that are available for purchase. The Cost of the book would be the $40.00 cover price plus $6.50 for shipping and handling. You can contact him directly to purchase a copy. He believes that he'll also be exhibiting at the Wizard World Chicago Con in August of 2009, should you like to meet him and view the book there also.
Now that I've introduced Brent and his book, the next question would be:
So what is the book about? Again, I have to emphasize that this is a 'Reference Book', NOT a 'Coffee Table Book". This book has one black and white illustration, seen on the front cover, and a photo of the author on the back cover. There are no illustrations, photos, etc. inside the book.
This book is a compilation best bought by serious DC fans, and those collectors / dealers that want to know the first appearance of everyone in the DCU up to 2005, plus more data as defined in the additional sections of the book.
Really! It's just Not from the Gold, Silver, or Modern Ages! It's from the beginning of DC in 1935 to 2005. Not only every character, but as of 2005, all 718 teams and groups are listed, each with every member that has ever been on the team! There are no characters too obscured not to be mentioned in this book!
The section “About the Book” that is printed in the beginning of the book serves as a mini "table of contents". There you can see that there is a brief explanation of the six main sections: “People,” “Teams & Groups,” “Families,” “Planets,” “Extraterrestrial Races,” and “Bibliography”.
The 'Planets' section alone covers over 1,000 Planets named in the DCU. The 'ETs' number 914 in different races!
Since this book has been in print for a while, there have been other comics experts out there that have reviewed it. Some of the favorable reviews on this reference book came from Tony Isabella, Andrew 'Captain Comics' Smith and also Beau Smith.
Original cover price: $40.00
Number of pages: 716
6th Edition - 2005
Softcover, 6-in. x 9-in., 716 pages, Text Only.
You Can Order This Book From the author/publisher:
Brent Clark Rogers, 34 Grant St, Shelby, MI 49455
by sending $46.50 for the book which includes S&H via money order or personal check to the address above.
Brent has informed me that this year, 2009, would be his 25th Anniversary in publishing this book. Should an updated edition be printed later this year, I'll be sure to mention it here. In the meantime his 6th Edition is the latest Edition that has been published and still available from the author.
(Note: A complimentary copy for this mention / review was provided by the author.)
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~ Michael (and Tina)