DC Comics is one of the largest and oldest American comic book companies, and a subsidiary of Warner Bros. since 1967. Popular characters published by the company include: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Green Arrow, Hawkman, Cyborg and Supergirl. Popular DC Comics teams include Justice League, Suicide Squad, Birds of Prey, Teen Titans, and Watchmen.
Former US Army Cavalry Officer and pulp writer Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson founded the precursor to the company we now know as DC Comics, National Allied Publications in autumn 1934. His first comic book, the tabloid-sized New Fun: The Big Comic Magazine #1 was cover dated February 1935 .
Detective Comics, a detective-themed anthology series, debuted with a March 1937 cover date, and would introduce Batman to the world with Detective Comics #27, cover-dated May 1939. The initials “D.C.” in DC Comics come from the title Detective Comics.
The publisher would release its most important issue ever with Action Comics #1, cover-dated June 1938, and the comic book that introduced Superman to the world.
As a subsidiary of Warner Bros, the publisher’s characters and teams have been the subject of numerous tv series, films, and games.
When DC Comics realise that Wonder Woman #84 counted as Wonder Woman #750 they did away with a bit of movie synergy in favour of an Action Comics/Detective Comics #1000 style affair which they could charge ten bucks for. Which also means a bunch of decade-specific styled variant covers for fans to collect. 1940s variant […]
Bleeding Cool just ran a piece looking at upcoming plans for the character of Luke Fox in the Batman comic books. Including the very real possibility that he will be the new Batman, replacing Bruce Wayne in the cape and cowl on the streets of Gotham. We mentioned that Batwing #19 was his first appearance, […]
Where is Gotham? And where is Metropolis? Described as New York at night and New York by day, respectively, their location has been up in the air. Originally modelled on Toronto, New York City certainly became Metropolis’ greatest influence. However, it has been clarified – and contradicted – a few times. In Superman #2 in […]
A second look at new Batman writer James Tynion IV’s newsletter, to follow up on his Luke and Lucius Fox musings, reveals much about Gotham City – and its police. Is this Gotham City or is this Judge Dredd? Or maybe even HBO Watchmen? He writes (emphasis mine), After the events of City of Bane, […]
The unauthorised sequel to Watchmen, Doomsday Clock by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank will have its final chapter, #12 is out in a couple of weeks, December 18th. Alongside everything else it seems. A double-sized final issue, it will join Tom King‘s final Batman, the end of Scott Snyder‘s Doom War, the launch of James […]
Batman always plans, But then, so does his new writer, James Tynion IV, writing the ongoing Batman series in 2020 from DC Comics, starting with Batman #86. And in his newsletter, which everyone should be signed up to, he laid out plans from his pitch document. And it involves the characters of Lucius Fox and […]
Tom King‘s final issue of Batman, #85, will be out a week on Wednesday along with everything else from DC Comics, it seems. His Batwoman/Catwoman series with Clay Mann that is meant to follow where his story left off, has been delayed due to King and Mann deciding that Mann should be the lead artist […]
Originally Doomsday Clock, the unauthorised sequel to Watchmen, published by DC Comics, was meant to reveal a near-future of the DC Comics Universe. Written by Geoff Johns, then CCO of DC Comics, it was set up in DC Rebirth, saw characters and references threaded through Batman and Superman comics (the latter of which had also been […]
Last year’s Norroway Book 1: The Black Bull of Norroway by Cat Seaton and Kit Seaton, collected and published by Image Comics, made a lot of Best of The Year lists despite coming out towards the end of it. A year on, what’s the release schedule for the second volume? Well, Amazon gives us the […]
Over the weekend, Bleeding Cool reported that DC Comics has withdrawn a tweet using the Rafael Grampa upcoming cover of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child. This came after criticism from Chinese critics that it made reference to Hong Kong protests, featuring Batwoman dressed in black throwing a molotov cocktail and that the use […]
It seems as if it is de rigueur to take down Batman these days. If it’s not Alfred Pennyworth in The Batman’s Grave… …then it’s UK left-wing political movement Momentum that supports Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party, echoing such sentiments in a political broadcast. Well, the latest is Anand Giridharadas, author of Winners Take […]
Everyone see the latest episode of The Rick And Morty Show? It’s possible you may have. If so you may have some insight into DC Comics right now, as Adam Glass is quitting his current run writing the DC Comics monthly title Teen Titans because he has a new Netflix show to run. Writer and […]
Despite international news reports, DC Comics has not pulled a Rafael Grampa cover to his upcoming Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child comic book, written by Frank Miller. All they have done is deleted a tweet using the image to promote the upcoming comic. There were reactions on Chinese social media after the cover image […]
Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau, the undisputed king of variant covers has shown off his covers for Wonder Woman #750 in January, which will be sold exclusively from his website. Just not yet. Preorders will begin on the 1st of December at 5pm ET… And you get to pick your favourite – and price to match… WONDER […]
Last month’s MCM London Comic Con had Jim Shooter as a guest, and at his table were a number of folders, binders, full of memos, sketches, artwork from his long career at DC, Marvel, Valiant and more. He graciously allowed Bleeding Cool to take shots of a few of them, but these are just the […]
As the Holiday season kicks into full gear, and the United States celebrates Thanksgiving, most everyone has some extra time off to spend with family … and when you get tired of that, well there are options. You can continue to refresh Bleeding Cool and see what new content we’ve got up, and we will […]
Every month the comic book companies send out folded promotional posters to the comic book retailer / Diamond accounts. Each week different posters show up for the comic book stores to put up and promote upcoming titles. Most customers are familiar with the stores putting up new posters to show off upcoming titles, but which […]
When he’s not trying to get his portfolio back and stop people selling its pages to dealers, Shane Davis draws the new Metal Men series from DC Comics, written by his boss, publisher of DC Comics, Dan DiDio. Well, publisher status has its privileges. Including getting Jim Starlin to draw a new variant cover for […]
There seem to be some further issues regarding the timeliness and the planning of the new DC Giant line, a mixture of new stories and old stories, packaged in the 100-Page Giant format and making their debut in mass-market stores like Walmart and Target before making their way to comic book store a month later. […]
Last week we reported that Batman Vs Ra’s Al Ghul #4 by Neal Adams had slipped first from the 20th of November, then to the 4th of December and then to the 11th December. We speculated if it would slip any further, and get sucked into DC’s Massive Week of the 18th of December. Seems […]