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DC Entertainment, Inc.
Type Subsidiary of Warner Bros.
Founded 1934, by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (as National Allied Publications)
Headquarters New York, New York
Key people Diane Nelson (President)
Dan DiDio (Co-Publisher of DC Comics)
Jim Lee (Co-Publisher of DC Comics)
Geoff Johns (Chief Creative Officer)
Industry Comics
Products See list of DC Comics publications
Parent Time Warner
Divisions Vertigo
Wildstorm
Zuda Comics
Website http://www.dccomics.com
.DC Comics (founded in 1934 as National Allied Publications[1]) is one of the largest and most popular companies operating in the market for American comic books and related media.^ National Periodical Publications ; DC Comics, 1938- .
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^ Send to Friend DC Comics is one of the world's most prolific comic book publishers.
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^ "DC Allied with Milestone Media : DC will publish multicultural comics produced by Milestone" p.
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It is the publishing division of DC Entertainment Inc.,[2] a subsidiary company of Warner Bros. Entertainment, which itself is owned by Time Warner. .DC Comics produces material featuring a large number of well-known characters, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Captain Marvel, the Teen Titans, Green Arrow, the Justice League and the rest of the DC Universe.^ Batman, Superman Copyright © DC Comics 2010.
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^ Over the decades, DC built a stable of classic characters including The Flash, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern.
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^ I like both Marvel and DC comics .
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[3]
.The initials "DC" came from the company's popular series, Detective Comics, which subsequently became part of the company's official name.^ Following are DC Comics' solicitations for March, with information coming from the company.

^ From the DC/Vertigo comic book series, this is a comic store promo item from 1995.
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^ (DC Archive Editions) -- Reprints Batman stories from Detective Comics, no.
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[4] .DC Comics has its official headquarters at 1700 Broadway, New York, New York.^ New York : DC Comics, 1995-1998.
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^ New York : DC Comics, 2001-2003.
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^ New York : DC Comics, 2005.
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[5] .Random House distributes DC Comics' books to the bookstore market, while Diamond Comics Distributors supplies the comics shop specialty market.^ DC comics comic books for sale @ Collectibles Shop .
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^ Founded in 1935, DC began making waves early with the release of New Fun Comics , the first comic book comprised solely of previously unpublished material.
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^ The line was, yes, published through DC comics and had a respectable - albeit not bestselling- run before closing up shop in 1997.

[5]
.DC Comics is a major, longtime competitor to Marvel Comics and the two companies together share over 80% of the American comic-book market.^ Assorted U.S. comic books bound together.
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^ Action Comics (1938 DC) comic books .
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^ "A directory of DC Comics and Marvel Comics merchandise".
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Contents

History

Origins

.Entrepreneur Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's National Allied Publications debuted with the tabloid-sized New Fun: The Big Comic Magazine #1 in February 1935. The company's second title, New Comics #1 (December 1935), appeared in a size close to what would become comic books' standard during the period fans and historians call the Golden Age of Comic Books, with slightly larger dimensions than today's.^ Founded in 1935, DC began making waves early with the release of New Fun Comics , the first comic book comprised solely of previously unpublished material.
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^ How did comic book companies fare?
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^ A title index to DC Comics 1935-1977.
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.That title evolved into Adventure Comics, which continued through issue #503 in 1983, becoming one of the longest-running comic book series.^ Indicia title: Avatar Comic Book.
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^ But their efforts may be for naught, as Kelly continues to evolve into something increasingly horrific -- and unstoppable.

^ The line was, yes, published through DC comics and had a respectable - albeit not bestselling- run before closing up shop in 1997.

.Wheeler-Nicholson's third and final title, Detective Comics, advertised with a cover illustration dated December 1936, eventually premiered three months late with a March 1937 cover date.^ The Weekly Gallery - December 21, 2005 - December 19, 2005 A monster week in comics begins with a look at dozens of pretty covers.
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^ Hide notes Zatara sci fi cover; 1pg Batman ad for Detective Comics # 27; Any grade .
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^ DETECTIVE COMICS #804 Written by David Lapham and Mike Carey, art by Ramon Bachs, Nathan Massengill and John Lucas, cover by Lapham.

.The themed anthology series would become a sensation with the introduction of Batman in issue #27 (May 1939).^ I may not have watched all of them but the animated series is very good (known as Batman on WB) as if portayed the character correctly and kept a good plot line.
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^ (DC Archive Editions) -- Collects the Batman stories from Detective Comics #27-50 (1939-1940) 1.
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^ And what looks like a series of petty crimes committed by Mr. Freeze quickly becomes a much more serious situation, once Batman learns Freeze has nothing to live for...

By then, however, Wheeler-Nicholson had gone. .In 1937, in debt to printing-plant owner and magazine distributor Harry Donenfeld — who also published pulp-magazines and operated as a principal in the magazine distributorship Independent News — Wheeler-Nicholson was compelled to take Donenfeld on as a partner in order to publish Detective Comics #1. Detective Comics, Inc. was formed, with Wheeler-Nicholson and Jack S. Liebowitz, Donenfeld's accountant, listed as owners.^ (DC Archive Editions) -- "Originally published in single magazine form in Showcase #34-36 and the Atom #1-5, c1961, 1962 and 1963 DC Comics."
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^ (DC Archive Editions) -- "Originally published in single magazine form in Action Comics 378-387, 389-392 and Adventure Comics 377-380.
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^ (DC Archive Editions) -- "Originally published in single magazine form in Wonder Woman 2-4, Sensation Comics 13-17."
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Major Wheeler-Nicholson remained for a year, but cash-flow problems continued, and he was forced out. .Shortly afterward, Detective Comics Inc.^ Shortly thereafter, comics' other great icon, Batman, debuted in Detective Comics #27 .
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^ New York : Detective Comics, Inc.
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purchased the remains of National Allied, also known as Nicholson Publishing, at a bankruptcy auction.
Detective Comics Inc. soon launched a fourth title, .Action Comics, the premiere of which introduced Superman (a character with which Wheeler-Nicholson had no direct involvement; editor Vin Sullivan chose to run the feature after Sheldon Mayer rescued it from the slush pile).^ Reprints the Superman story only from Action Comics, no.
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^ Action Comics, no.
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^ Superman is the first and greatest comic book character ever created.
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.Action Comics #1 (June 1938), the first comic book to feature the new character archetype — soon known as "superheroes" — proved a major sales hit.^ Superman is the first and greatest comic book character ever created.
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^ Action Comics (1938 DC) comic books .
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^ (June 1938) -- Features Superman and other comics stories.
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The company quickly introduced such other popular characters as the Sandman and Batman.

The Golden Age

.National Allied Publications soon merged with Detective Comics, Inc.^ For a bit of background and perspective before we continue, DC Comics was founded in 1934 (originally as National Allied Publications), while Marvel Comics was founded in 1939 (as Timely Publications).
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to form .National Comics, which in 1944 absorbed an affiliated concern, Max Gaines' and Liebowitz's All-American Publications.^ National Periodical Publications ; DC Comics, 1938- .
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^ "Originally published in single magazine form in All-American Comics 16-30 and Green Lantern 1."
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^ For a bit of background and perspective before we continue, DC Comics was founded in 1934 (originally as National Allied Publications), while Marvel Comics was founded in 1939 (as Timely Publications).
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.That year, Gaines let Liebowitz buy him out, and kept only Picture Stories from the Bible as the foundation of his own new company, EC Comics.^ DC should have promoted Joe, moved him from the Batbooks, and let Bob work with an assistant of his own choosing."
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^ The only to make him human is hurt Lois Lane, or use Krytonite on him, which are stories that have been told a million times.
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^ Because this covers not only the idea of comic books and the characters within them, but the idea of movies, and why they turn out good in the end and why audiences attach to particular stories.
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.At that point, "Liebowitz promptly orchestrated the merger of All-American and Detective Comics into National Comics...^ "Originally published in single magazine form in All-American Comics 16-30 and Green Lantern 1."
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^ All-American Comics.
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Next he took charge of organizing National Comics, [the self-distributorship] Independent News, and their affiliated firms into a single corporate entity, National Periodical Publications".[8] National Periodical Publications became publicly traded on the stock market in 1961.[9]
.Despite the official names "National Comics" and "National Periodical Publications", the line used the logo "Superman-DC" throughout, and the company became known colloquially as DC Comics for years before the official adoption of that name.^ National Periodical Publications ; DC Comics, 1938- .
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^ I was fired when “Lying in the Gutters” ran a compilation of two years or so of my answers to fans’ questions on the DC Comics discussion boards.

^ The line was, yes, published through DC comics and had a respectable - albeit not bestselling- run before closing up shop in 1997.

.The company began to move aggressively against imitative copyright violations by other companies, such as Fox Comics' Wonder Man, which according to court testimony Fox created as a copy of Superman.^ Superman is the first and greatest comic book character ever created.
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^ Richard Donner's Superman is still the greatest comic book film ever made, so there was no need to try and carbine copy it.
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^ DC Comic movies COULD work, just as LOTR worked, Star Wars worked, Iron Man made it, why Indiana Jones works, and the original Superman movie was a success.
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.This extended to DC suing Fawcett Comics for Captain Marvel, at the time comics' top-selling character.^ "A directory of DC Comics and Marvel Comics merchandise".
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^ I like both Marvel and DC comics .
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^ But DC has Batman, the best comic character of all-time.
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.Despite the fact that parallels between Captain Marvel and Superman seemed more tenuous, the courts ruled that substantial and deliberate copying of copyrighted material had occurred.^ I haven't personally been reading comics long enough to get a real sense of the character differences between Marvel and DC, but I've found that I personally like reading Marvel's stories more.
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^ The great evil turns Superman against Captain Marvel.

^ But Marvel…there is Iron Man, the Avengers, Spider-Man, The Punisher, Captain America, etc, etc.,..their characters just seem so real.
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Faced with declining sales and the prospect of bankruptcy if it lost, Fawcett capitulated in 1955 and ceased comics publication. .Years later, Fawcett ironically sold the rights to Captain Marvel to DC — which in 1973 revived Captain Marvel in the new title Shazam!.^ And the odds strongly favor that it would crash and burn and explode and salt the earth commercially - It's incredibly rare for Marvel or DC to successfully launch ANY new in universe title, and the few that do succeed tend to be re-brandings of existing titles.

^ "John Constanza has been lettering books at DC, Marvel, and other companies for 20-odd years.
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^ Topics: Early years at Marvel & DC, influences, career, etc.
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featuring artwork by his creator, C. C. Beck. .In the meantime, the abandoned trademark had been seized by Marvel Comics in 1967, disallowing the DC comic itself to be called that.^ "A directory of DC Comics and Marvel Comics merchandise".
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^ I like both Marvel and DC comics .
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^ I haven't personally been reading comics long enough to get a real sense of the character differences between Marvel and DC, but I've found that I personally like reading Marvel's stories more.
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While Captain Marvel did not recapture his old popularity, he later appeared in a Saturday morning live action TV adaptation and gained a prominent place in the mainstream continuity DC calls the DC Universe.
.When the popularity of superheroes faded in the late 1940s, the company focused on such genres as science fiction, Westerns, humor and romance.^ Superhero , Horror , Promotional , Romance , War , Western , More ...
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.DC also published crime and horror titles, but relatively tame ones, and thus avoided the mid-1950s backlash against such comics.^ One Year Later is Here - February 28, 2006 Don't miss any of DC's key OYL titles with this handy checklist.
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^ The line was, yes, published through DC comics and had a respectable - albeit not bestselling- run before closing up shop in 1997.

^ (DC Archive Editions) -- "Originally published in single magazine form in Showcase #34-36 and the Atom #1-5, c1961, 1962 and 1963 DC Comics."
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.A handful of the most popular superhero-titles (most notably Action Comics and Detective Comics, the medium's two longest-running titles) continued publication.^ Indicia title: Action Comics 1 Reprint.
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^ SUperman can be related too go pick up Superman and the legion of superheroes or the brainaic storyline in action comics its the writers and directors who have the problems.
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^ Action Comics # 1 is definitely one of the most recognizable covers in all of comics, but so is the Death of Superman cover for Superman 75# .
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The Silver Age

.In the mid-1950s, editorial director Irwin Donenfeld and publisher Liebowitz directed editor Julius Schwartz (whose roots lay in the science-fiction book market) to produce a one-shot Flash story in the try-out title Showcase.^ Send to Friend DC Comics is one of the world's most prolific comic book publishers.
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^ But in a story remarkably similar to L. A. Williams', Rob was accused of somehow releasing an objectionable book that no one noticed until after it was published.
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^ One such villain is the evil Doctor Phosphorus who seeks out another scientist in this one-shot to help him grow even more powerful.
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.Instead of reviving the old character, Schwartz had writer Robert Kanigher and John Broome, penciler Carmine Infantino and inker Joe Kubert create an entirely new super-speedster, updating and modernizing the Flash's civilian identity, costume, and origin with a science-fiction bent.^ Armageddon : Alien Agenda / Jonathan Peterson, writer ; Dan Jurgens, penciller ; Steve Leialoha, inker.
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^ It all leads into a new Green Lantern ongoing series, coming this summer from Rebirth writer Geoff Johns and artist Carlos Pacheco.

^ Presenting some of his earliest works, every short story is written and illustrated by Bilal as he creates surreal and fantastic worlds with a science-fiction twist.

.The Flash's reimagining in Showcase #4 (October 1956) proved sufficiently popular that it soon led to a similar revamping of the Green Lantern character, the introduction of the modern all-star team Justice League of America, and many more superheroes, heralding what historians and fans call the Silver Age of comic books.^ So many gimmick covers from the silver age.
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^ All Star Comics no.
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^ He wants to make Green Lantern as true to the comic as he can, concentrating on the Silver Age origins of the character.
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.National did not reimagine its continuing characters (primarily Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman) but radically overhauled them.^ Throughout the harrowing "For Tomorrow," Superman has faced his share of obstacles, from Wonder Woman to Equus to a living Mt.

^ Over the decades, DC built a stable of classic characters including The Flash, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern.
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^ Moviegoers, even those who have not heard of the Superman lore, did not like it, there was no story, no plot, the characters flat.
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The Superman family of titles, under editor Mort Weisinger, introduced such enduring characters as Supergirl, Bizarro, and Brainiac. .The Batman titles, under editor Jordan Stewart, introduced the successful Batwoman, Bat-Girl and Bat-Mite in an attempt to modernize the strip with non-science-fiction elements.^ This is a major new direction for the Batman titles, and a monthly Bat-writer isn't involved.
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Schiff's successor, Schwartz, together with artist Infantino, then revitalized Batman in what the company promoted as the "New Look", re-emphasizing Batman as a detective. .Meanwhile, editor Kanigher successfully introduced a whole family of Wonder Woman characters having fantastic adventures in a mythological context.^ "DC's characters, like Wonder Woman and Superman and Green Lantern, were all very much removed from humanity .
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^ In this classic first collection of Slaines sword-and-sorcery adventures, were introduced to the wonders of his world.

^ It's only made it to ten issues but it has all the major DC characters, Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern in the story and the way they are portrayed is awesome.
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.DC's introduction of the reimagined superheroes did not go unnoticed by other comics companies.^ A dictionary of DC superhero comics.
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^ As I said earlier, overall DC seems to do a better job than many other companies in this area.
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^ SUperman can be related too go pick up Superman and the legion of superheroes or the brainaic storyline in action comics its the writers and directors who have the problems.
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.In 1961, with DC's superhero team the Justice League of America (JLA) as the specific spur,[10] Marvel Comics writer-editor Stan Lee and the legendary Jack Kirby ushered in the sub-Silver Age "Marvel Age" of comics with the debut issue of The Fantastic Four.^ (Marketplace Mail) -- Letter on silver age DC comics.
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^ "A directory of DC Comics and Marvel Comics merchandise".
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^ Mock awards to mostly DC silver age comics.
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.Since the 1940s, when Superman, Batman, and many of the company's other heroes began appearing in stories together, DC's characters inhabited a shared continuity that, decades later, was dubbed the DC Universe.^ I haven't personally been reading comics long enough to get a real sense of the character differences between Marvel and DC, but I've found that I personally like reading Marvel's stories more.
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^ (B) I don't, honestly, see any other superhero universe posing much of a threat to DC and Marvel in the near future.

^ Batman, Superman Copyright © DC Comics 2010.
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.With the story "Flash of Two Worlds", in Flash #123 (September 1961), editor Schwartz (with writer Gardner Fox and artists Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella) introduced a concept that allowed slotting the 1930s and 1940s Golden Age heroes into this continuity via the explanation that they lived on an other-dimensional "Earth 2", as opposed to the modern heroes' supposed "Earth 1" [in actuality[citation needed], "Earth Prime"] — in the process creating the foundation for what would later be called the DC Multiverse.^ It illustrates the Golden Age meets the Silver Age motif, the multiple worlds, hero legacies, the different versions of the same character.
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^ Guest artists Shawn Moll and Kevin Conrad come aboard for "Lockdown" -- a story only acclaimed writer Judd Winick could tell!

^ Jim Lee, the artist on the series is busy with the video game DC Universe, and Frank Miller are drawing and writing a brilliant story right now called Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder.
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.A 1966 Batman TV show on the ABC network sparked a temporary spike in comic book sales, and a brief fad for superheroes in Saturday morning animation (Filmation created most of DC's initial cartoons) and other media.^ Action Comics (1938 DC) comic books .
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^ Superman is the first and greatest comic book character ever created.
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^ (B) I don't, honestly, see any other superhero universe posing much of a threat to DC and Marvel in the near future.

.DC significantly lightened the tone of many DC comics — particularly Batman and Detective Comics — to better complement the "camp" tone of the TV series.^ DC in July - April 14, 2005 All-Star Batman & Robin debuts, plus many other DC books all previewed here.
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^ Series over 100 issues can be broken into chunks, since 1990s Detective covers are better than 1950s Detective covers.
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^ Hide notes Zatara sci fi cover; 1pg Batman ad for Detective Comics # 27; Any grade .
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This tone coincided with the famous "Go-Go Checks" checkerboard cover-dress which featured a black-and-white checkerboard strip at the top of each comic, a misguided attempt by then-managing editor Irwin Donenfeld to make DC's output "stand out on the newsracks."[12]
.In 1967, Batman artist Infantino (who had designed popular Silver Age characters Batgirl and Phantom Stranger) rose from art director to become DC's editorial director.^ It illustrates the Golden Age meets the Silver Age motif, the multiple worlds, hero legacies, the different versions of the same character.
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^ (Marketplace Mail) -- Letter on silver age DC comics.
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^ His villians are plausable but only Killer Croc pushes it but in Batman Gotham Knight someone could actually become who.
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.With the growing popularity of upstart rival Marvel Comics threatening to topple DC from its longtime number-one position in the comics industry, he attempted to infuse the company with new titles and characters, also recruiting major talents such as ex-Marvel artist and Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko and promising newcomer Neal Adams.^ New York : DC Comics, 2005.
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^ New York : DC Comics, 1993.
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^ New York : DC Comics, 1991- .
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.He also replaced some existing DC editors with artist-editors, including Joe Kubert and Dick Giordano, to give DC's output a more artistic critical eye.^ NYCC 08: DC's Crisis Panel News - April 19, 2008 Saturday morning brings more announcements and Q&A sessions with DC's editors and writers.
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^ Personally I'd like to see more DC film adaptations rather than the Marvel films, even though I enjoy some of them quite alot of them have been rubbish.
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^ On DC Comics, Dick Giordano, creators' rights, and the work-for-hire system.
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.These new editors recruited youthful new creators, in part in an effort to capture a market which had grown from being dominated by children, to include older teens and even college students.^ Still, these are two completely separate projects, with different editors, creators, and fan-bases.

.Some new talent, such as Dennis O'Neil, who had worked for both Marvel and Charlton, gained critical and popular acclaim on titles including Batman and Green Lantern (his Green Lantern run with artist Neal Adams became a key title in the burgeoning 1970s Bronze Age, and the move away from the Comics Code Authority).^ I like both Marvel and DC comics .
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^ Neal Adams art work.
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^ I mean, they're both awesome covers, but they're both Briand-Bolland-does-a-heroic-tableau-of-Green-Lanterns; do we need to have two such examples on this list?
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Nevertheless, the period was plagued by short-lived series that started out strong but petered out rapidly.

The Fourth World

.In 1969, National Comics merged with Warner Bros.-Seven Arts.^ The Warner Bros./DC Comics and Disney/Marvel Comics Parallels .
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^ More Tags: Animation , Blu-ray , DC Comics , DVD , Green Lantern , green lantern: first flight , Reviews , Warner Bros.
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^ More Tags: DC Comics , DC Entertainment , Warner Bros.
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.The previous year, Jack Kirby defected from Marvel Comics to DC, at the end of the Silver Age of Comics, in which Kirby's contributions to Marvel played a large, integral role.^ (Marketplace Mail) -- Letter on silver age DC comics.
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^ "A directory of DC Comics and Marvel Comics merchandise".
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^ Mock awards to mostly DC silver age comics.
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.Given carte blanche to write and illustrate his own stories, he created a handful of thematically linked series he called collectively The Fourth World.^ Jim Lee, the artist on the series is busy with the video game DC Universe, and Frank Miller are drawing and writing a brilliant story right now called Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder.
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^ Presenting some of his earliest works, every short story is written and illustrated by Bilal as he creates surreal and fantastic worlds with a science-fiction twist.

^ Supplements 1976- published through APA-I. -- Annual supplements called in different years DC story title index supplement, DC index, DC story cross-reference, DC series/story title cross index.
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In the existing series Jimmy Olsen and in his own, newly launched series New Gods, Mister Miracle, and The Forever People, Kirby introduced such enduring characters and concepts as archvillain Darkseid and the otherdimensional realm Apokolips. While sales were respectable, they did not meet DC management's initially high expectations, and also suffered from a lack of comprehension and internal support from Infantino. .By 1973 the "Fourth World" books would all be cancelled, although Kirby's conceptions would soon become integral to the broadening of the DC Universe.^ Comic Book Resources compiled the 75 most iconic DC Covers of All Time.
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^ (I'm all-sorts of unsure about the creative potential of mixing the Milestone and DC universes together.

^ "DC Publicizes Guidlines, Implements Labelling System for All Book Covers" p.
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.Kirby went on to create other "daring and different" series for DC, including Kamandi, about a teenaged boy in a post-apocalyptic world of anthropomorphic talking animals, when directed by the publisher to come up with something resembling Planet of the Apes.^ The line was, yes, published through DC comics and had a respectable - albeit not bestselling- run before closing up shop in 1997.

^ I think it is because DC has always come off to me as a different type of comic like they try to hard to be classier so we expect more from them.
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^ The big difference between DC and Marvel characters is how they relate to the world.
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The Bronze Age

.Following the science-fiction innovations of the Silver Age, the comics of the 1970s and 1980s would become known as the Bronze Age, as fantasy gave way to more naturalistic and sometimes darker themes.^ Superhero comics in a science fiction setting.
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^ (Marketplace Mail) -- Letter on silver age DC comics.
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^ Mock awards to mostly DC silver age comics.
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.Illegal drug use, banned by the Comics Code Authority, explicitly appeared in comics for the first time in Marvel Comics' The Amazing Spider-Man in early 1971, and after the Code's updating in response, DC offered a drug-fueled storyline in writer Dennis O'Neil and artist Neal Adams' Green Lantern, beginning with the story "Snowbirds Don't Fly" in the retitled Green Lantern / Green Arrow #85 (September 1971), which depicted Speedy, the teen sidekick of superhero archer Green Arrow, as having become a heroin addict.^ I like both Marvel and DC comics .
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^ Founded in 1935, DC began making waves early with the release of New Fun Comics , the first comic book comprised solely of previously unpublished material.
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^ On the Marvel side of things, Spider-Man was created in 1962, and Captain America was created in 1941.
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.Jenette Kahn, a former children's magazine publisher, replaced Infantino as editorial director in January 1976. DC had attempted to compete with the now-surging Marvel by dramatically increasing its output and attempting to win the market by flooding it.^ (DC Archive Editions) -- "Originally published in single magazine form in Showcase #34-36 and the Atom #1-5, c1961, 1962 and 1963 DC Comics."
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^ (DC Archive Editions) -- "Originally published in single magazine form in Action Comics 378-387, 389-392 and Adventure Comics 377-380.
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^ (DC Archive Editions) -- "Originally published in single magazine form in Wonder Woman 2-4, Sensation Comics 13-17."
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.This included launching series featuring such new characters as Firestorm and Shade, the Changing Man, as well as an increasing array of non-superhero titles, in an attempt to recapture the pre-Wertham days of post-War comicdom.^ NYCC 07: DC Outlines Countdown - February 24, 2007 New weekly series to launch after 52.
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.In June 1978, five months before the release of the first Superman movie, Kahn expanded the line further, increasing the number of titles, story pages and raising the price from 35 cents to 50 cents.^ Fiftieth-anniversary reprint of the first Superman story, plus a 3-page cover gallery showing anniversary issues.
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^ Although Bob Kane's name appears as author on the title page, he is named in the credits of only 7 of the 16 stories printed here.
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^ Included in the script book are a number of pages of Kevin O'Neill art reproduced from the pencils and printed here for the first time.

.Most series received eight-page back-up features while some had full-length twenty-five page stories.^ Just don't forget some serious beat-em up shoot 'em up sequences, for my popcorn dollar.
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^ Serenity was great, continued and helped wrap up some of the story…and bombed.
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This was a move the company called the "DC Explosion".[13] The move was not successful, however, and corporate partner Warner dramatically cut back on these largely unsuccessful titles, firing many staffers in what industry watchers dubbed "the DC Implosion."[14] In September 1978, the line was dramatically reduced and standard-size books returned to 17 story pages but for a still-increased 40 cents.[15] By 1980, the books returned to 50 cents with a 25-page story count but the story pages replaced house ads in the books.
.Seeking new ways to boost market-share, the new team of publisher Kahn, vice-president Paul Levitz, and managing editor Giordano addressed the issue of talent instability.^ WonderCon 07: DC Locks Down Talent - March 3, 2007 Publisher prepares for Countdown with several new exclusives.
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^ At the '08 San Diego comic convention, DC executive editor Dan Didio announced that DC comics has reacquired the license to the Milestone characters and will be publishing new comics featuring them.

^ DC's Paul Levitz Steps Into New Role - September 9, 2009 Former DC Comics has a new assignment - returning to the writer's desk.
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.To that end — and following the example of Atlas/Seaboard Comics and such independent companies as Eclipse Comics — DC began to offer royalties in place of the industry-standard work-for-hire agreement in which creators worked for a flat fee and signed away all rights.^ On DC Comics, Dick Giordano, creators' rights, and the work-for-hire system.
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^ Topics include DC Comics, creators' rights.
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^ Founded in 1935, DC began making waves early with the release of New Fun Comics , the first comic book comprised solely of previously unpublished material.
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.In addition, emulating the era's new television form, the miniseries, DC created the industry concept of the comic book limited series, allowing for the deliberate creation of finite storylines within a more flexible publishing format.^ Action Comics (1938 DC) comic books .
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^ Founded in 1935, DC began making waves early with the release of New Fun Comics , the first comic book comprised solely of previously unpublished material.
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^ Superman is the first and greatest comic book character ever created.
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.These changes in policy shaped the future of the medium as a whole, and in the short term allowed DC to entice creators away from rival Marvel, and encourage stability on individual titles.^ "The thing that made [rival publisher] Marvel Comics extraordinary was that they created people .
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^ Sure DC pays for the publishing, as the parent company… however, the creators are allowed to pretty much make whatever they want.
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^ Now if a screenwriter can create a good story based on the lores & myths of DC, even Marvel, then comic-based movies would be really entertaining as entertaining when it was read by the comic lovers.
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.In November 1980 DC launched the ongoing series The New Teen Titans, by writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Pérez, two popular talents with a history of success.^ New York : DC Comics, 1980.
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^ McDuffie seems comfortable with DC's animation ventures, and moreover we don't know the full details of the agreement that is keeping Static in the Teen Titans.

^ History of the DC Universe / writer, Marv Wolfman ; penciller, George Perez ; inker, Karl Kesel ; editor, Mike Gold.
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.Their superhero-team comic, superficially similar to Marvel's ensemble series X-Men, but rooted in DC history, earned significant sales[16] in part due to the stability of the creative team, who both continued with the title for six full years.^ "A directory of DC Comics and Marvel Comics merchandise".
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^ I like both Marvel and DC comics .
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^ A dictionary of DC superhero comics.
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.In addition, Wolfman and Pérez took advantage of the limited-series option to create a spin-off title, Tales of the New Teen Titans, to present origin stories of their original characters without having to break the narrative flow of the main series or oblige them to double their work load with another ongoing title.^ The best he can offer is the possibility of a Static-centric story in Teen Titans at an unconfirmed date in the future.

^ SDCC 07: New Series Coming from Vertigo - July 30, 2007 House of Mystery, Unknown Soldier, and Madame Xanadu in the works.
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^ Maybe a major multi-title event issue crossover like the original DC/Milestone crossover would have worked, with the agreement to possibly incorporate a guest character into ongoing storylines or return guest-spots, as opposed to them vanishing going forward.

Late 1980s

.This successful revitalization of the Teen titans into The New Teen Titans led DC's editors to seek the same for the entire line and for the wider DC Universe.^ The DC/Wildstorm alliance certainly wasn't a success - Among other things, editorial meddling from DC led to Alan Moore seeking employment elsewhere.

^ Senior DC Editor Switches Teams - April 26, 2007 New Black Adam series on the way from DC's newest exclusive writer.
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^ At the '08 San Diego comic convention, DC executive editor Dan Didio announced that DC comics has reacquired the license to the Milestone characters and will be publishing new comics featuring them.

.The result, the Wolfman/Pérez 12-issue limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths, gave the company an opportunity to realign and jettison some of the "baggage" of its history, address "errors" in the characters' long histories and - particularly - revise, update and streamline major characters such as Superman and Wonder Woman.^ Over the decades, DC built a stable of classic characters including The Flash, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern.
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^ However, a movie like Superman or Wonder Woman should not only acknowledge their mythological roots, they should play to them.
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^ Superman is the only one of his kind, Wonder Woman is sent to live in the world of men and Green Lantern has been given power and responsibility has doesn't really want.
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.A companion two issues in the new prestige format entitled The History of the DC Universe set out briefly the revised history of the major DC characters, and set the scene for an effective reboot of all titles, while still rooted in the long tradition and history of the DC Universe.^ I haven't personally been reading comics long enough to get a real sense of the character differences between Marvel and DC, but I've found that I personally like reading Marvel's stories more.
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^ History of the DC Universe / writer, Marv Wolfman ; penciller, George Perez ; inker, Karl Kesel ; editor, Mike Gold.
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^ DC stories are larger in scope and need to be EPIC. This will make them quite long but it will be all for the benefit in the end.
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Effectively moving from the realism of the Bronze Age towards the era sometimes called the "Dark Age," Crisis featured many key and resonant deaths which would shape the DC Universe for the following decades, and separate the timeline of DC publications into pre- and post-"Crisis".
.Meanwhile, a parallel revolution had started in the non-superhero and horror titles.^ Given the near-impossibility of selling non DC/Marvel superhero titles in the current direct market, all of this seems like wasted effort.

.Since the start of 1984, British writer Alan Moore had re-energized the horror series The Saga of the Swamp Thing, and his acclaimed work sparked the comic-book equivalent of rock music's British Invasion.^ Re-presentations of U.S. comic book stories.
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^ The DC/Wildstorm alliance certainly wasn't a success - Among other things, editorial meddling from DC led to Alan Moore seeking employment elsewhere.

^ And start thinking as a writer with a big 'ol historical interest in the comics medium.

Building on the dark naturalism of the Bronze Age, numerous British writers, including Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison, subsequently began freelancing for the company. .The resulting influx of sophisticated horror/fantasy material led not only to DC abandoning the Comics Code for particular titles scripted by those talents, but also to establishing in 1993 the Vertigo mature-readers imprint.^ Founded in 1935, DC began making waves early with the release of New Fun Comics , the first comic book comprised solely of previously unpublished material.
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^ NYCC '06: Vertigo Fever - February 24, 2006 The cool side of DC Comics takes center stage.
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^ So saying that DC comics can be made into decent movies, and using Vertigo titles as the example is not accurate.
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.Key titles in the subtle shift towards the Modern Age include the two DC-published limited series Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller and Watchmen by Moore and artist Dave Gibbons.^ In 1986 DC published three of the most important comic books of all time: Watchmen , Superman: The Man of Steel , and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns .
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^ One Year Later is Here - February 28, 2006 Don't miss any of DC's key OYL titles with this handy checklist.
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^ DC in September - June 19, 2006 Batman's son comes to Gotham, Alan Moore returns to DC and the JLA fills out its roster.
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.These titles drew attention to changes at DC for dark psychological complexity, and promotion of the antihero.^ "Changes at DC Comics : Giordano Named Editor, Levitz and Orlando Promoted" p.
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.The new creative freedom and attendant publicity that allowed Miller to produce a dark, future Batman and Moore to create a similarly dystopian future filled with pessimism allowed DC to challenge Marvel's industry lead, and also paved the way for comics to both be more widely accepted in literary-criticism circles as more than just for children, and to start making in-roads into the book industry, with collected editions of these key series selling particularly well as trade paperbacks.^ "A directory of DC Comics and Marvel Comics merchandise".
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^ Action Comics (1938 DC) #42 DC : Nov 1941 Original cover price: $0.10 More information...
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^ Sell or trade using our easy online buying system to get the best price for your comics with the least amount of work.
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.Conversely, while the mainstream DCU got a shade darker, the mid-1980s also saw the end of many long-running DC war comics, including venerable series that had been in print since the 1960s.^ Contents listing of DC war comics.
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^ The line was, yes, published through DC comics and had a respectable - albeit not bestselling- run before closing up shop in 1997.

^ I haven't personally been reading comics long enough to get a real sense of the character differences between Marvel and DC, but I've found that I personally like reading Marvel's stories more.
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These titles, all with over 100 issues, included Sgt. .Rock, G.I. Combat, The Unknown Soldier, and Weird War Tales.^ Villains United Vimanarama Vixen: Return of the Lion WE3 War Stories War of the Supermen War of the Supermen (Event) Watchmen Weird Western Tales Vol.
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.In 1989, with the release of the first Batman movie, DC began publishing its hardcover series of DC Archive Editions, collections of many of their early, key comics series, featuring rare and expensive stories unseen by many modern fans.^ (DC Archive Editions) -- Reprints Batman stories from Detective Comics, no.
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^ (DC Archive Editions) -- Justice Society stories from All Star Comics, no.
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^ (DC Archive Editions) -- Collects the Batman stories from Detective Comics #51-70 (1941-1942).
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.Restoration for many of the Archives was handled by Rick Keene with color restoration by DC's long-time resident colorist, Bob LeRose.^ NYCC 07: DC Flooded With Creators - January 30, 2007 So many panels, so many guests, so little time.
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^ DC has lacked anything really tangible for a long time, other than Batman.
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.These collections attempted to retroactively credit many of the writers and artists who had worked without much recognition for DC during the early period of comics, when individual credits were few and far between.^ Founded in 1935, DC began making waves early with the release of New Fun Comics , the first comic book comprised solely of previously unpublished material.
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^ SUperman can be related too go pick up Superman and the legion of superheroes or the brainaic storyline in action comics its the writers and directors who have the problems.
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^ National Periodical Publications ; DC Comics, 1938- .
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1990s

.The comics industry experienced a brief boom in the early 1990s, thanks to a combination of speculative purchasing (mass purchase of the books as collectible items, with intent to resell at a higher value as the rising value of older issues was thought to imply that all comics would rise dramatically in price) and several storylines which gained attention from the mainstream media.^ Now to end any more issues its fair game it all comes down to who wants to make the movie and does and what comic they chose to make to movie off of.
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^ The point I was originally trying to get across is that Superman is great and without Superman The Movie from 1978 that Comic Book Movies we see today would not have been here because of it.
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^ In 1986 DC published three of the most important comic books of all time: Watchmen , Superman: The Man of Steel , and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns .
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.DC's extended storylines in which Superman was killed, Batman was crippled and super-hero Green Lantern Hal Jordan turned into the super villain Parallax, resulted in dramatically increased sales, but the increases were as temporary as the substitutes, and sales dropped off as industry sales went into a major slump as manufactured "collectibles" numbering in their millions replaced quality with quantity until fans and speculators alike deserted the medium in droves.^ Toy Fair 2007: Mattel's DC SuperHeroes - February 15, 2007 Plus, SuperFriends (yes, there's a difference), The Batman , Superman , and more .
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^ Over the decades, DC built a stable of classic characters including The Flash, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern.
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^ DC was unfortunate that Superman & Batman was its only successful movie translation (don't Vertigo comics really count V & Constantine were really good).
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.DC's Piranha Press and other imprints (including Vertigo, the mature readers line pioneered in the British Horror work of the 1980s and Helix, a short-lived Science Fiction imprint) in the 1990s were introduced to facilitate compartmentalized diversification, and allow for specialized marketing of individual product lines.^ Hell, he came back and then subsequently found himself not working for DC after a pretty short period recently.

^ I think DC should pull more from Vertigo and it's other lesser known characters/titles.
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^ Comic-Con 2005: Feeling Vertigo - July 15, 2005 The latest on DC's alternative comics imprint.
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.They increased the use of non-traditional contractual arrangements, including the dramatic rise of creator-owned contracts leading to a significant increase in critically lauded work (much of it for Vertigo) and the licensing of material from other companies.^ Granted, he might get paid more if they used the other characters, but still, "punishing" a guy by giving him money seems like an odd strategy.

^ Can McDuffie and the other Milestoners pull out and work with a company that actually seems to like and WANT to produce Milestone comics?

^ And, really, I'm not sure the REASON matters as much as the result: A lot of people - Creators and fans, including yours truly, - feels jerked around, fucked with, and angry.

.DC also increased publication of book-friendly formats, including trade paperback collections of individual serial comics, and original graphic novels.^ Action Comics (1938 DC) comic books .
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^ Founded in 1935, DC began making waves early with the release of New Fun Comics , the first comic book comprised solely of previously unpublished material.
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^ Action Comics (1938 DC) #42 DC : Nov 1941 Original cover price: $0.10 More information...
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.DC entered into a publishing agreement with Milestone Media that gave DC a line of comics featuring a culturally and racially diverse range of superhero characters; although the Milestone line ceased publication after a few short years, it yielded the popular animated series Static Shock.^ A dictionary of DC superhero comics.
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^ "DC Allied with Milestone Media : DC will publish multicultural comics produced by Milestone" p.
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^ Then, in 2000, one of the Milestone characters broke out big; the Static Shock animated series enjoyed a four year run on the WB - and continues to be shown in syndication.

.Paradox Press was established to publish material ranging from the large-format Big Book of... series of multi-artist interpretations on individual themes, and such crime fiction as the graphic novel Road to Perdition.^ DC Reveals Summer '08 Collections - December 13, 2007 Publisher collects popular series, arcs into hardcover and trade formats.
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^ SDCC 07: Vertigo Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Hellblazer - July 30, 2007 New graphic novel from original series writer Jamie Delano.
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.In 1998, DC purchased Wildstorm Comics, Jim Lee's imprint under the Image Comics banner, and absorbed it while continuing it for many years as a wholly separate imprint - and Universe - with its own style and audience.^ New York : DC Comics, 1998.
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^ New York : DC Comics, 1995-1998.
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^ I was fired when “Lying in the Gutters” ran a compilation of two years or so of my answers to fans’ questions on the DC Comics discussion boards.

.As part of this purchase, DC also began to publish titles under the fledgling WildStorm sub-imprint America's Best Comics (ABC), a series of titles from the mind of Alan Moore, including The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Tom Strong and Promethea.^ Founded in 1935, DC began making waves early with the release of New Fun Comics , the first comic book comprised solely of previously unpublished material.
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^ So saying that DC comics can be made into decent movies, and using Vertigo titles as the example is not accurate.
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^ A title index to DC Comics 1935-1977.
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Moore strongly contested this situation, and DC no longer publishes ABC.

2000s

.In March 2003, DC acquired publishing and merchandising rights to the long-running fantasy series Elfquest, previously self-published by creators Wendy and Richard Pini under their WaRP Graphics publication banner.^ The line was, yes, published through DC comics and had a respectable - albeit not bestselling- run before closing up shop in 1997.

^ WonderCon 07: DC Locks Down Talent - March 3, 2007 Publisher prepares for Countdown with several new exclusives.
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^ So when DC makes a huge announcement that they've acquired the rights to publish your characters, and seem excited about publishing your characters, industry precedent (almost without exception) suggests that they are going to publish your damn characters.

.This series then followed the Tower Comics series T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents in becoming non-DC titles published in the "DC Archives" format.^ The line was, yes, published through DC comics and had a respectable - albeit not bestselling- run before closing up shop in 1997.

^ (DC Archive Editions) -- "Originally published in single magazine form in Showcase #34-36 and the Atom #1-5, c1961, 1962 and 1963 DC Comics."
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^ (DC Archive Editions) -- "Originally published in single magazine form in Action Comics 378-387, 389-392 and Adventure Comics 377-380.
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.In 2004, DC temporarily acquired the North American publishing rights to graphic novels from European publishers 2000 AD and Humanoids.^ The New York-based publisher recently terminated its publishing agreement with its 2000 A.D. and Humanoids imprints.
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^ So when DC makes a huge announcement that they've acquired the rights to publish your characters, and seem excited about publishing your characters, industry precedent (almost without exception) suggests that they are going to publish your damn characters.

^ DC Reveals July and August Graphic Novels - March 13, 2006 Absolute Kingdom Come and Dark Knight Returns highlight the list.
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It also rebranded its younger-audience titles with the mascot Johnny DC, and established the CMX imprint to reprint translated manga. .In 2006, CMX took over from Dark Horse Comics publication of the webcomic Megatokyo in print form.^ Dark Horse Produces Superman, Batman - August 9, 2006 DC turns to fellow publisher to create statuettes of comic legends.
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^ Comics Between the Panels / Steve Duin, Mike Richardson (Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Comics, 1998) -- Call no.: PN6707.D8 1998 ----------------------------------------------------- DC Comics--Miscellanea.
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^ Dark Horse Comics.
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.DC also took advantage of the demise of Kitchen Sink Press and acquired the rights to much of the work of Will Eisner, such as his The Spirit series and his graphic novels.^ DC Reveals July and August Graphic Novels - March 13, 2006 Absolute Kingdom Come and Dark Knight Returns highlight the list.
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^ On DC Comics, Dick Giordano, creators' rights, and the work-for-hire system.
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^ SDCC 07: Vertigo Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Hellblazer - July 30, 2007 New graphic novel from original series writer Jamie Delano.
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.In 2004, DC began laying groundwork for a full continuity-reshuffling sequel to Crisis on Infinite Earths, promising substantial changes to the DC Universe (and side-stepping the 1994 Zero Hour event which similarly tried to ret-con the history of the DCU).^ History of the DC Universe / writer, Marv Wolfman ; penciller, George Perez ; inker, Karl Kesel ; editor, Mike Gold.
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^ Action Comics (1938 DC) #0 DC : Oct 1994 Original cover price: $1.50 Part of series Zero Hour More information...
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^ On DC Comics, and reviews Miracleman, Crisis on Infinite Earths, and Daredevil.
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.In 2005, with the release of Batman Begins, the company published several limited series establishing increasingly escalated conflicts among DC's heroes, with events climaxing in the Infinite Crisis limited series.^ (DC Archive Editions) -- Originally published in single magazine form in Batman 9-12 (1942).
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^ Joss begins by saying: "With that one big exception (Batman), DC's heroes are from a different era.
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^ Sure DC pays for the publishing, as the parent company… however, the creators are allowed to pretty much make whatever they want.
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.Immediately after this event, DC's ongoing series jumped forward a full year in their in-story continuity, as DC launched a weekly series, 52, to gradually fill in the missing time.^ One Year Later is Here - February 28, 2006 Don't miss any of DC's key OYL titles with this handy checklist.
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^ DC in May - February 13, 2006 The year-long weekly epic 52 has arrived.
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^ One Year Later: A Buyer's Guide - March 6, 2006 The DC Universe has leaped forward one year.
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Concurrently, DC lost the copyright to "Superboy" (while retaining the trademark) when the heirs of Jerry Seigel used a provision of the 1976 revision to the copyright law to regain ownership.
.In 2005, DC launched a new "All-Star" line (evoking the title of the 1940s publication), designed to feature some of the company's best-known characters in stories that eschewed the long and convoluted continuity of the DC Universe, produced by "all star" creative teams.^ But DC has Batman, the best comic character of all-time.
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^ And the odds strongly favor that it would crash and burn and explode and salt the earth commercially - It's incredibly rare for Marvel or DC to successfully launch ANY new in universe title, and the few that do succeed tend to be re-brandings of existing titles.

^ I haven't personally been reading comics long enough to get a real sense of the character differences between Marvel and DC, but I've found that I personally like reading Marvel's stories more.
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All-Star Batman & Robin the Boy Wonder launched in July 2005, with All-Star Superman beginning in November 2005. All-Star Wonder Woman and All Star Batgirl were announced in 2006, with the release of Superman Returns in movie theaters, but neither have been released or scheduled as of the end of 2009.

DC Entertainment

In September 2009, Warner Bros. announced that .DC Comics would become a subsidiary of DC Entertainment Inc., with Diane Nelson, president of Warner Premiere, becoming president of the new company and DC Comics Publisher Paul Levitz stepping down and serving as a contributing editor and overall consultant.^ Publisher abbreviations have also been used: MAR = Marvel Comics DC = DC Comics DAR = Dark Horse Comics .
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^ I don't see how his logic works other than the fact that marvel is the biggest Comic company around so naturally, they would shovel out more movies in it's universe, while DC is slowly pushing their movies out.
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^ Sure DC pays for the publishing, as the parent company… however, the creators are allowed to pretty much make whatever they want.
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[17]
.On February 18th 2010, DC Entertainment named Jim Lee and Dan DiDio as Co-Publishers of DC Comics, Geoff Johns as Chief Creative Officer, John Rood as EVP of Sales, Marketing and Business Development and Patrick Caldon as EVP of Finance and Administration.^ The line was, yes, published through DC comics and had a respectable - albeit not bestselling- run before closing up shop in 1997.

^ (DC Archive Editions) -- "Originally published in single magazine form in Showcase #34-36 and the Atom #1-5, c1961, 1962 and 1963 DC Comics."
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^ (DC Archive Editions) -- "Originally published in single magazine form in Action Comics 378-387, 389-392 and Adventure Comics 377-380.
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.DC's first logo appeared on the April 1940 issues of its titles.^ The Birth of an Industry : DC's Very First Title" / by Jon Berk.
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^ Titled "Comic Character Checklist": DC, Eclipse, First, Innovation, Now, Pacific.
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.The letters "DC" stood for Detective Comics, the name of Batman's flagship title.^ (Marketplace Mail) -- Letter on silver age DC comics.
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^ So saying that DC comics can be made into decent movies, and using Vertigo titles as the example is not accurate.
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^ A title index to DC Comics 1935-1977.
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The small logo, with no background, read simply, "A DC Publication".
The November 1941 DC titles introduced an updated logo. This version was almost twice the size of the previous one, and was the first version with a white background. .The name "Superman" was added to "A DC Publication", effectively acknowledging both Superman and Batman.^ DC Announces Collections Galore - February 1, 2007 52, Batman, Superman and others featured.
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^ The Ten Best DC Comics - August 10, 2006 Superman and Batman aren't even in the same universe as DC's top comic book.
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^ Dark Horse Produces Superman, Batman - August 9, 2006 DC turns to fellow publisher to create statuettes of comic legends.
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This logo was the first to occupy the top-left corner of the cover, where the logo has usually resided since. The company now referred to itself in its advertising as "Superman-DC".
.In November 1949, the logo was modified to incorporate the company's formal name, National Comics Publications.^ National Periodical Publications ; DC Comics, 1938- .
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^ For a bit of background and perspective before we continue, DC Comics was founded in 1934 (originally as National Allied Publications), while Marvel Comics was founded in 1939 (as Timely Publications).
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This logo would also serve as the round body of Johnny DC, DC's mascot in the 1960s.
.In October 1970 DC briefly retired the circular logo in favor of a simple "DC" in a rectangle with the name of the title, or the star of the book; the logo on many issues of Action Comics, for example, read "DC Superman". An image of the lead character either appeared above or below the rectangle.^ Indicia title: Avatar Comic Book.
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^ Indicia title: Action Comics 1 Reprint.
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^ Founded in 1935, DC began making waves early with the release of New Fun Comics , the first comic book comprised solely of previously unpublished material.
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.For books that did not have a single star, such as anthologies like House of Mystery or team series such as Justice League of America, the title and "DC" appeared in a stylized logo, such as a bat for House of Mystery.^ Greg Hatcher But what seems like it would make more sense would have been to leverage the success of Static Shock into a series of Milestone cartoons, the way Dini and Timm did with Batman leading to Batman and Robin Adventures leading to Superman and Batman Beyond and The Zeta Project and Justice League and so on and so on.

^ OR these plans were changed to "punish"Dwayne McDuffie for comments made on his message board regarding his work writing Justice League of America.

^ When Dwayne was on JLA, and we were seeing the Shadow Cabinet set up as a team to rival the Justice League, that was a major push.

.This use of characters as logos helped to establish the likenesses as trademarks, and was similar to Marvel's contemporaneous use of characters as part of its cover branding.^ I haven't personally been reading comics long enough to get a real sense of the character differences between Marvel and DC, but I've found that I personally like reading Marvel's stories more.
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^ While Superman is surely a god-like character, grounding him as Clark Kent helps people accept the character.
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^ Granted, he might get paid more if they used the other characters, but still, "punishing" a guy by giving him money seems like an odd strategy.

.DC's "100 Page Super-Spectacular" titles and later 100-page and "Giant" issues published from 1972 to 1974 featured a logo exclusive to these editions: the letters "DC" in a simple sans-serif typeface within a circle.^ (DC Archive Editions) -- "Originally published in single magazine form in Showcase #34-36 and the Atom #1-5, c1961, 1962 and 1963 DC Comics."
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^ (DC Archive Editions) -- "Originally published in single magazine form in Action Comics 378-387, 389-392 and Adventure Comics 377-380.
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^ (DC Archive Editions) -- "Originally published in single magazine form in Wonder Woman 2-4, Sensation Comics 13-17."
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A variant had the letters in a square.
.The July 1972 DC titles featured a new circular logo.^ SDCC 07: DC Announces New Minx Titles - July 30, 2007 Seven books planned for 2008.
  • IGN: DC Comics 10 February 2010 13:54 UTC comics.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ I feel that this is a way of combating the difficulty of picking up most DC Universe titles for new readers.
  • DC Universe: The Source » Blog Archive » DCU IN 2010: WELCOME TO EARTH ONE 10 February 2010 13:54 UTC dcu.blog.dccomics.com [Source type: General]

^ Samy Merchi Says: 10/4/09 at 1:10 pm “DC’s response, as usual when a property is flagging, is to launch a new spin-off title.
  • THE BEAT » Blog Archive » DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: August 2009 10 February 2010 13:54 UTC pwbeat.publishersweekly.com [Source type: General]

.The letters "DC" were rendered in a block-like typeface that would remain through later logo revisions until 2005. The title of the book usually appeared inside the circle, either above or below the letters.^ DC in July - April 14, 2005 All-Star Batman & Robin debuts, plus many other DC books all previewed here.
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^ (With the caveat that DC's treatment of McDuffie would make him more likely to drift away from them.

^ One Year Later Titles Announced - December 13, 2005 Worlds live, worlds die, but everything leaps ahead one year.
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.In December 1973, this logo was modified with the addition of the words "The Line of DC Super-Stars" and the star motif that would continue in later logos.^ Sure, if DC in specific or the comics industry in general were engaged in a line/industry wide implosion, your position would absolutely make sense.

^ Get the characters blended into DC's continuity, even if they're just as background characters or occasional guest-stars.

This logo was placed in the top center of the cover from August 1975 to October 1976.
1987 test logo.
.When Jenette Kahn became DC's publisher in late 1976, she commissioned graphic designer Milton Glaser to design a new logo.^ At the '08 San Diego comic convention, DC executive editor Dan Didio announced that DC comics has reacquired the license to the Milestone characters and will be publishing new comics featuring them.

^ Supplements 1976- published through APA-I. -- Annual supplements called in different years DC story title index supplement, DC index, DC story cross-reference, DC series/story title cross index.
  • Index to Comic Art Collection: "DC Comics--Articles About" to "DC Comics--Miscellanea" (A-F titles) 10 February 2010 13:54 UTC comics.lib.msu.edu [Source type: Academic]

^ DC Comics : Sixty years of the World's Favorite Super Heroes / by Les Daniels ; introduction by Jenette Kahn.
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.Popularly referred to as the "DC bullet", this logo premiered on the February 1977 titles.^ A title index to DC Comics 1935-1977.
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^ Supplements 1976- published through APA-I. -- Annual supplements called in different years DC story title index supplement, DC index, DC story cross-reference, DC series/story title cross index.
  • Index to Comic Art Collection: "DC Comics--Articles About" to "DC Comics--Miscellanea" (A-F titles) 10 February 2010 13:54 UTC comics.lib.msu.edu [Source type: Academic]

^ Batman Logo With Bullet Holes - DC Comics Sheer T-shirt .
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.Although it varied in size and color and was at times cropped by the edges of the cover, or briefly rotated 4 degrees, it remained essentially unchanged for nearly three decades.^ (Although there was certainly a bigger Ultraverse push from Marvel and Marvel was essentially buying their coloring department with the characters thrown in.

.In July 1987, DC released variant editions of Justice League #3 and The Fury of Firestorm #61 with a new DC logo.^ New York : DC Comics, 1987.
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^ New York : DC Comics, 1987- .
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^ (DC Archive Editions) -- Collects the Justice Society and Hop Harrigan stories from All Star Comics, no.
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.It featured a picture of Superman in a circle surrounded by the words "SUPERMAN COMICS". The company released these variants to newsstands in certain markets as a marketing test.^ I will also agree that Superman put comic book adapted movies into the picture, he still is one of the best comic book characters.
  • Joss Whedon Explains Why DC Comics Movies Don't Work « FirstShowing.net 10 February 2010 13:54 UTC www.firstshowing.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ (June 1938) -- Features Superman and other comics stories.
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.On May 8, 2005, a new logo was unveiled, debuting on DC titles in June 2005 with DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy #1 and the rest of the titles the following week.^ New York : DC Comics, 2005.
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^ "DC initiates new art return system" p.
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^ (June 1938) -- New York : DC Comics, 1988.
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.In addition to comics, it was designed for DC properties in other media, such as the movies Batman Begins and Superman Returns as well as the new Batman film The Dark Knight and the TV series Smallville, Justice League Unlimited and The Batman, as well as for collectibles and other merchandise.^ New York : DC Comics, 1993.
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^ New York : DC Comics, 1990- .
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^ New York : DC Comics, 1986.
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.The logo was designed by Josh Beatman of Brainchild Studios[21] and DC executive Richard Bruning.^ Batman Logo On Design (Foil) - DC Comics T-shirt .
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Imprints

Acquired companies and studios

.
  • All-American Publications (merged 1944)
  • Archie Comics (superhero properties licensed 1991-1993 as part of Impact Comics, properties licensed again, 2008)[23]
  • Charlton Comics (some properties acquired 1983)
  • Fawcett Comics (some properties licensed 1972, acquired early 1990s)[citation needed]
  • Flex Comix (made investment in 2007; jointly owned with other companies)
  • Mad Magazine (not owned, but assigned to DC's corporate control in the late 1990s.^ New York : DC Comics, 1993.
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    ^ New York : DC Comics, 1993- .
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    ^ A dictionary of DC superhero comics.
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    Both companies are part of Warner Bros. Entertainment)[citation needed]
  • Quality Comics (some properties licensed 1956, later acquired)
  • WaRP Graphics (properties licenced from 2003 to 2007)
  • WildStorm Productions (properties acquired 1999)
  • Will Eisner Library (some properties licensed 2000)

Awards and recognition

In 2010, the company was awarded "Best Publisher Of The Year" (for Blackest Night and the return of the Pre-Crisis Legion Of Super-Heroes, in the Autopsy Awards for 2009.[24]

See also


Notes

  1. ^ "DC Entertainment Chronology". http://www.comicbookbin.com/dcchronologyplatinumage_001.html. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  2. ^ Melrose, Kevin (2009-10-10). "DC Entertainment - what we know so far". Comic Book resources. http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2009/09/dc-entertainment-what-we-know-so-far/. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  3. ^ Benton, Mike. The Comic Book in America: An Illustrated History (Taylor Publishing: Dallas, Texas, 1989), pp. 178-181, reprinted at website Religious Affiliation of Comics Book Characters: "The Significant Seven: History's Most Influential Super-heroes" [sic]
  4. ^ Official Site
  5. ^ a b DC Comics Inc. Hoovers. Retrieved October 18, 2008.
  6. ^ http://www.chacha.com/topic/dc-comics
  7. ^ http://money.cnn.com/2008/10/10/news/companies/siklos_marvel.fortune/
  8. ^ Jones, Gerard. Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book (Basic Books, 2004; trade paperback ISBN 0-465-03657-0, p. 223
  9. ^ Superman Faces New Hurdles: Publishers of Comic Books Showing Decline, New York Times, September 23, 1962, p.166
  10. ^ Apocryphal legend has it that in 1961, either Jack Liebowitz or Irwin Donenfeld of DC Comics (then known as National Periodical Publications) bragged about DC's success with the Justice League (which had debuted in The Brave and the Bold #28 [February 1960] before going on to its own title) to publisher Martin Goodman (whose holdings included the nascent Marvel Comics) during a game of golf. However, film producer and comics historian Michael Uslan partly debunked the story in a letter published in Alter Ego #43 (December 2004), pp. 43-44:
    Irwin said he never played golf with Goodman, so the story is untrue. I heard this story more than a couple of times while sitting in the lunchroom at DC's 909 Third Avenue and 75 Rockefeller Plaza office as Sol Harrison and [production chief] Jack Adler were schmoozing with some of us ... who worked for DC during our college summers.... [T]he way I heard the story from Sol was that Goodman was playing with one of the heads of Independent News, not DC Comics (though DC owned Independent News). ... As the distributor of DC Comics, this man certainly knew all the sales figures and was in the best position to tell this tidbit to Goodman. ... Of course, Goodman would want to be playing golf with this fellow and be in his good graces. ... Sol worked closely with Independent News' top management over the decades and would have gotten this story straight from the horse's mouth.
    Goodman, a publishing trend-follower aware of the JLA's strong sales, confirmably directed his comics editor, Stan Lee, to create a comic-book series about a team of superheroes. According to Lee in Origins of Marvel Comics (Simon and Schuster/Fireside Books, 1974), p. 16:
    Martin mentioned that he had noticed one of the titles published by National Comics seemed to be selling better than most. It was a book called The [sic] Justice League of America and it was composed of a team of superheroes. ... ' If the Justice League is selling ', spoke he, 'why don't we put out a comic book that features a team of superheroes?'
  11. ^ Integrative Arts 10: "The Silver Age" by Jamie Coville. Accessed June 11, 2008
  12. ^ "Irwin Donenfeld, R.I.P." by Mark Evanier, December 1, 2004. Accessed June 11, 2008
  13. ^ Kahn, Jenette. "Publishorial: Onward and Upward," DC Comics cover-dated September 1978.
  14. ^ "The DC Implosion," The Comics Journal #41 (August 1978), pp. 5-7.
  15. ^ "Post-Implosion Fill-In Fallout," The Comics Journal #43 (December 1978), p. 13.
  16. ^ MacDonald, Heidi D. "DC's Titanic Success," The Comics Journal #76 (October 1982), pp. 46-51.
  17. ^ Newsarama: Warner Bros. Creates DC ENTERTAINMENT To Maximize DC Brands. Retrieved on 9 September 2009.
  18. ^ http://dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2010/02/18/for-immediate-release-dc-entertainment-names-executive-team/
  19. ^ http://comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=24897
  20. ^ Rozakis, Bob. "Conspiracy? Icons? And More?", Silver Bullet Comic Books: "It's BobRo the Answer Man" (column; n.d.)
  21. ^ DC Comics Brand History by Brainchild Studios. Accessed July 29, 2008
  22. ^ Newsarama article: "Richard Bruning on designing a new DC logo", May 11, 2005. Accessed July 29, 2008
  23. ^ Newsarama article: "SDCC '08 - DCU: A Guide to Your Universe Panel", July 26, 2008. Accessed July 29, 2008
  24. ^ The Dissector's Autopsy Awards 2009, March 9, 2010

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