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12 facts about DC you didn’t know

12 facts about DC you didn’t know

Facts about DC: In 1934, entrepreneur Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson formed the company National Allied Publications and released the first American comic book with original content, titled New Fun: The Big Comic-Magazine #1. Not the most memorable title, but the first of its kind nonetheless.

What DC Comic Stands for?

One of the facts about DC is The company’s third release, Detective Comics, would not only become one of the longest-running comic book series in the United States but also gave the company its name. This means DC Comics stands for Detective Comics Comics.

The invention of Superman and Batman

In 1938, DC released a comic book that would completely reinvent the medium. With the release of Action Comics #1, they introduced Superman, and along with him the new archetype now known as “superheroes“. Not long after Superman’s debut, Detective Comics #27 saw the introduction of Batman.

Updating the Characters

For many decades to come DC, much like its rival Marvel, would struggle in this very unstable comic book industry. To counteract this decline DC decided to reimagine or simply update many of its characters, starting in the mid-1950s. This trend proved to be very popular with fans and continues to this day. Facts about DC

Rebooting of DC

If we skip to 2011, DC did something quite extreme. They decided to reboot its entire line of comics with something called The New 52. Essentially this was done to allow new fans to more easily get up to speed (force)with these extremely long-running comics but also to fix some major continuity problems and the extreme complexity several decades’ worth of comic books creates. Without getting into too much detail, Superman learned how to put on his underwear before the suit.

Comic Sans

Comic Sans is a ubiquitous typeface more or less globally hated by everyone ever. If you somehow don’t hate it, you just haven’t been exposed to it long enough. I mean, it works for comic books. Maybe. I guess. But if you want something to be taken seriously, you should really stay away from using this typeface. And DC Comics is actually indirectly responsible for its creation. You see, the font was designed based on the lettering style of the two comics The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen. So in a sense, Batman is responsible for Comic Sans.

Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson

In The New 52 Action Comics #14, astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson appears as himself within the story. His character determines that Krypton, Superman’s long destroyed home planet, orbited a star named LHS 2520 in the constellation of Corvus, 27 light-years from Earth. This information is actually completely accurate as Tyson worked with DC to find a suitable real-life solar system in which a fictional planet like Krypton could potentially exist.

Gorillas in Comics

One of the Facts about DC: Before and during the so-called Silver Age of Comic Books, stories involving gorillas were for some reason really popular. Not just in comics but in movies and mainstream media overall. Realizing this, DC wanted to cash in on this new trend and thus increased the number of gorillas appearing in their comics. This fad continued well into the late 1980s and it resulted in some pretty bizarre and just ridiculous covers and stories.

It became so popular that DC began placing gorillas on the cover of many comics just to see an increase in sales. Even if the comic itself had nothing to do with gorillas. And even when it did, it was often in the form of some short contrived sub-plot spanning just a few short panels. Eventually, it started to get out of hand so they had to enforce a rule at the company that there could be no more than one gorilla cover per month.

Hemo-Goblin

In the previous article about Marvel, I listed some of Marvel’s strangest characters. I think the oddest character was Eye-Scream who had the unique ability to transform into ice cream. Well, DC Comics take the strange and bizarre to a whole new level. Let’s begin with Danny the Street. I can’t even make this shit up. A villain named the Hemo-Goblin was a white supremacist vampire who drank AIDS-infested blood only to bite and thus infect black people. 

The girl who said it was referring to his height, but he took it as if she meant his penis. Due to an ever-growing inferiority complex about his size, he decided to build a robotic suit. This suit was equipped with a weapon in the form of canon sticking out from the groin area to show the world that he does indeed have a large and powerful penis. It’s been known for quite a while now.

Superman vs Batman

In 2016, we have finally got to see Batman and Superman go head to head in Superman vs Batman: Dawn of Justice. What many people don’t know is that this could’ve happened back in 2002 when DC wanted to get a new Batman film off the ground. While the script can be found online, it never got any further than that, and no actors were ever attached to the project. But it gives us a quite interesting what-if scenario. For example, likely, The Dark Knight trilogy wouldn’t have been made if this film had been released. Another canceled film that got much further into development was Superman Lives. It was to be directed by Tim Burton and Nicolas Cage was supposed to star as Superman.

Batman did Kill

One of the defining characteristics of Batman is that he doesn’t kill. He always tries to capture villains and criminals and then let the authorities deal with them. In the beginning, this was not the case. In his very first appearance, he punched a guy into a tank of acid. The plan was for Batman to actually kill The Joker as well. They eventually enforced the “do not kill” and “no guns” policies, as it was more befitting the character’s traumatic past, is one of the Facts about DC.

Stan Lee Wrote for DC

Stan Lee has actually written a couple of comics for DC with his “Just Imagine…” series. In it, he reimagines some of DC’s most popular characters. These are like like depicting Batman as African American, turning The Flash into a woman, and Aquaman can transform into a being made of liquid water. He also renamed many of the characters to follow his trademark naming practice of using first and last names that start with the same letter. So Batman became Wayne Williams, Wonder Woman became Maria Mendoza, and Green Lantern was renamed Len Lewis. The explanation for Superman’s symbol, the S-shield, has been revised multiple times over the years.

Kryptonian Technology

For decades, the comics simply said it was nothing more than a stylized monogram designed by Clark and his adoptive parents. But in the 1978 feature film Superman: The Movie, it was said that the S was not an S. But, instead of a Kryptonian glyph that served as a family seal for The House of El. It wasn’t until 2003 that the comics adopted this explanation as well. They also explained that it’s an ancient Kryptonian symbol that means hope.

In the comic Superman/Batman, issue number 50. It’s revealed that Batman’s father Thomas Wayne stumbled upon Kryptonian technology. He met Superman’s father Jor-El when his consciousness was transported to Krypton. Thomas convinces Jor-El that the Earth is more or less good enough. Thus Batman’s father is responsible for sending Superman to Earth. And the Kryptonian technology he found was later used to revitalize his company Wayne Enterprises. This means that Kryptonian technology would later serve as the basis of much of Batman’s crime-fighting gadgets.

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