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While Batman and Superman had their own cartoon series and comic book follow up, the rest of characters in DC Comics would appear in the following comics often.

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Adventures in the DC Universe

Adventures in the DC Universe is the title of a comic book published by DC Comics.

Following on from Batman Adventures and Superman Adventures, Adventures in the DC Universe used the same "animated style" seen in the DC Animated Universe but focused on a rotating cast of characters from throughout the DCU.

Most of the characters appearing in this series had yet to be seen in DC Animated Universe cartoon and as such, their designs and histories were quite different in this comic series than they ended up being in their appearances in shows such as "Justice League". For example, Kyle Rayner often appears in this series, although he appears to be far less like his "Timmverse" counterpart (who had not yet appeared on Superman: The Animated Series) and is more reflective both visually and historically, of the character appearing in the regular DC Universe.

Justice League Adventures/Justice League Unlimited

Justice League Adventures is a DC comic book series featuring the Justice League, but set in the continuity (and style) of the TV shows Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, set in the DC Animated Universe as opposed to the regular DC Universe.

It is a sister title to Batman Adventures (based on Batman: The Animated Series) and Superman Adventures (based on Superman: The Animated Series).

Justice League Adventures ran for 34 issues from 2002-2004, before being restarted under the title Justice League Unlimited (to match the recreation of the television series as Justice League Unlimited). The title was canceled in May 2008, ending the last production of the DC animated universe.

Title No. of issues Started Ended Corresponding TV title
Justice League Adventures 34 2002 2004 Justice League
Justice League Unlimited 46 2004 2008 Justice League Unlimited

Additional Characters

While Justice League and Justice League Unlimited did use many characters from the DC Universe, some characters never made it to the screen. Those that didn't appear in the TV series are listed below:

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Heroes

  • Adam Strange
    • Justice League Adventures #25-26
    • Justice League Unlimited #4
    • Was to appear in the JLU episode Hunter's Moon (originally titled Mystery in Space, after the title of the comic Adam appeared in), but was off limits to the creative team.[1]
  • Alan Scott/Green Lantern
    • Adventure in the DC Universe #4
    • Justice League Adventures #20 (Cameo)
    • Justice League Unlimited #40
    • He along with the rest of the Justice Society of America was to originally appear in the Justice League episode Legends. The appearance was reject because their portrayal was more intuned to their Golden Age appearance, thus an analogue group (The Justice Guild of America) was created.[2]
  • Black Lightning
    • Justice League Unlimited #15 and 27
    • Usage of the character (outside of the comic books) would have required paying royalties to Tony Isabella.[3]
  • Blue Beetle
    • Adventures in the DC Universe #8
    • Justice League Unlimited #5, 20 and 43
    • The rights to the character were unavailable due to the 1940s radio show.[4]
  • Firestorm
    • Justice League Unlimited #3, 8 and 16
    • Was to be the main character of the JLU episode The Greatest Story Never Told.[5]
  • Guy Gardner
    • Adventure in the DC Universe #4 (Cameo)
    • Justice League Unlimited #32
  • G'Nort
    • Justice League Unlimited #46
  • Impulse
    • Adventures in the DC Universe #13 and Annual #1
  • Jay Garrick/The Flash
    • Justice League Adventures #20 (Cameo)
    • Justice League Unlimited #12
    • He along with the rest of the Justice Society of America was to originally appear in the Justice League episode Legends. The appearance was reject because their portrayal was more intuned to their Golden Age appearance, thus an analogue group (The Justice Guild of America) was created.[2] His costume does make an appearance in the JLU episode Flash And Substance.
  • Kamandi
    • Justice League Adventures #30
  • Kon-El
    • Adventures in the DC Universe #14 and Annual #1
  • Phantom Stranger
    • Justice League Adventures #31
    • Justice League Unlimited #14 and 28
    • First appeared in Batman Gotham Adventures #33.
    • He was going to appear in Adventures in the DC Universe #20, but the issue was never printed.[6]
    • Bruce Timm did want to use The Phantom Stranger and Spectre, but couldn't receive permission. The reason for so wasn't stated.[7]
  • Power Girl (Not to be confused with the character Galatea)
    • Adventures in the DC Universe #6
    • Justice League Unlimited #3, 13 and 16
  • Spectre
    • Justice League Unlimited #37
  • Zatara
    • Justice League Unlimited #40
    • Although he did appear in Batman: The Animated Series, he never made an appearance in JL or JLU.
  • Zauriel
    • Justice League Unlimited #7 and 14

Villains

  • Black Manta
    • Justice League Unlimited #26
    • Was to appear in the JL episode The Enemy Below, but was replaced by Deadshot as the appearance wasn't faithful to the character.[8] Was to appear in the Legion of Doom in Justice League Unlimited, but due to a restriction on the Aquaman characters, was replaced with Devil Ray.[9]
  • Brain Storm
    • Justice League Unlimited #8
  • Chuma
    • Adventures in the DC Universe #3
  • Cipher
    • Adventures in the DC Universe #1 and 8
  • Cryonic Man
    • Justice League Adventures #12
  • General Zod
    • Justice League Unlimited #34
    • He first appeared in Superman Adventures #21, but the story acts as a new introduction for Zod.
  • Girder
    • Justice League Unlimited #16
  • Houngan
    • Adventure in the DC Universe #4
  • Shrapnel
    • Adventures in the DC Universe #4
  • Snowman
    • Justice League Adventures #12

Marvel Family

The entire Marvel Family (except for Captain Marvel, who made a one time appearance) were unable to appear on Justice League Unlimited due to legal reasons.[10]

  • Doctor Sivana
    • Adventures in the DC Universe #7
    • Justice League Unlimited #15
  • Mary Marvel
    • Adventures in the DC Universe #7
    • Justice League Unlimited #20 and 45

Reprints

Title Material collected
Justice League Adventures (TPB) #1, 3, 6 and 10-13
Justice League Adventures (Digest)
Volume 1: The Magnificent Seven #3, 6 and 10-12
Volume 2: Friends and Foes #13-14, 16 and 19-20
Justice League Unlimited
Volume 1: United They Stand #1-5
Volume 2: World's Greatest Heroes #6-10
Volume 3: Champions of Justice #11-15
Justice League Unlimited (TPB, though it continues from the digest series)
Volume 4: Ties That Bind #16-22
Volume 5: Heroes #23-29

Footnotes

See also

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