Following Quirk Books' poster book guide to the covers of DC Comics' classic titles to celebrate the comic company's 75th anniversary Poster Book, Taschen has released an in-depth guide to DC's history. 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking is out today.

In 1935, DC Comics founder Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson published New Fun No. 1, the first comic book with all-new, original material -- at a time when comic books were mere repositories for the castoffs of the newspaper strips. More than 40,000 comic books later, Taschen has produced what it claims is the the single most comprehensive book on DC Comics, in an XL edition even Superman might have trouble lifting.

The book contanis more than 2,000 images -- including covers and interiors, original illustrations, photographs, film stills, and collectibles. Telling the tales behind the tomes is 38-year DC veteran Paul Levitz, whose in-depth essays trace the company’s history, from its pulp origins through to its current move into digital publishing.

There are also year-by-year timelines that fold out to nearly four feet and biographies of the legends who built DC.

This weighty tome comes with an equally supercharged price tag of £135.