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DC Comics History: An Introduction


By Deejay Dayton
Oct 29, 2014 - 11:09

This column will discuss many of the various series than ran in the early days of DC Comics.  At first, I am only looking at the stories published before the advent of Flash Comics, which was the earliest anthology dominated by super-heroes.  From 1935 until the end of 1939, comics were a fledgling medium.  Before the publication of New Fun Comics #1, the first book by National Periodical Publications (later DC Comics), comic books consisted exclusively of reprints of strips previously published in newspapers.  Between 1935 and 1939 a new market came into existence, and a wide variety of genres were experimented with.  While Superman and Batman were created within this period, it was by no means certain that these would be the forerunners of million dollar industry they grew to be.

As a result of the cut-off point I have chosen, some series will only have their earliest stories discussed right now.  Once I have completed this summary, I intend to go on and look at the early days of the Golden Age.

1935- 1939 mark the Dawn of Comics.  In many cases the quality, both in art and storytelling, leaves something to be desired.  But there is enjoyment to be had.  Certainly I have found a peculiar affection for these tales.  And I hope you will as well.

I am starting with the series that began in New Fun #1, and will continue, chronologically, through the series that debuted in that book, as well as Adventure Comics, Detective Comics, Action Comics, All-American Comics, the 1939 issue of New York World's Fair, and the first couple of issues of Superman.

By and large, I will be skipping over the "funny" series from this period, as they had little in the way of development.  And in many cases, there is more humour to be found, albeit unintentionally, in the serious tales.

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