Answered Prayers


UPDATE – 5-17-24

It’s now available for preorder here.

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It’s been a while since I last posted anything here, as most of my efforts have been focused on Comics Unbagged, but this seemed like a better place for this.

After so many years and so many offers of any amount of money, the legendary 1982 DC Comics Style Guide is going to be released to the general public as a hardcover edition.

You can join the waitlist here.

For the unfamiliar, the 1982 DC Comics Style Guide features character designs, color guides, and model sheets and is used as reference for artists working for DC and for companies licensing DC characters.

Most notably, it features glorious artwork by José Luis García-López who is, as I’ve often noted, a goddamn national treasure.

A sample image

The entire Style Guide is available online, but nothing can compare to having a physical copy. But for too long for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of money to buy an original off of eBay it’s remained an impossible dream.

Until now. Well, until August, anyway.

Here’s a little blurb about the folks who are making so many dreams come true:

Standards Manual is an independent publishing imprint founded by designers Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth in New York City in 2014.
Our mission is to archive and preserve artifacts of design history and make them available to future generations. From reprinted graphics standards manuals to new compendiums of archival work, our titles always aim to make great design available to all.
As designers ourselves, we value high quality books. As an independent publisher, we produce our books using only the finest papers, printing, and finishing methods. We don’t cut corners when it comes to quality.

I’ll close this out with some more samples.


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