10/01/06

1990-1995
This is an attempt to list significant events in the history of DC Comics in as chronological order as possible.  Most dates are the cover dates from the comics themselves.  It should be recognized that these dates tend to be two months after the actual release date.  Other dates come from various published sources and have varying degrees of precision.  Everything is relative. No attempt is made to list everything that ever happened.  More detailed information is contained in the various works cited in the bibliography.  Non-DC comics events listed are included because of their relevance to the history of DC Comics, not to their own companies.  An attempt has been made to refer to the company by the appropriate name in each time period.  This is not an attempt to explain super-hero continuity.  There are other web sites that do that.  All opinions given are mine and probably can't be changed.  Factual errors will be thankfully corrected. Comments
1835-1936
1956-1959
1966-1969
1976-1979
 1986-1989
1996-1999
1937-1945
1960-1965
1970-1975
1980-1985
 1990-1995
2000-2005
1946-1955
 Piranha
DC's "other" comics
Vertigo
Paradox

 
DC Editorial Staff Jan 1990
Dick Giordano Executive Editor
Mike Carlin Brian Augustyn Mike Gold Andy Helfer Denny O'Neil
Hawk and Dove
New Titans
Superman
Adventures of Superman
Action
New Gods
Flash
El Diablo
Starman
Shadow Strikes
Blackhawk
Green Arrow
Question
Sgt Rock Special
Huntress
Justice League America
Justice League Europe
Mr Miracle
Legends of the Dark Knight
Detective
Batman
Captain Atom
Mark Waid Jon Peterson Karen Berger Art Young Elliot Maggin
Legion of Super- Heroes
Doom Patrol
Manhunter
Checkmate
Doc Savage
Wonder Woman
Hellblazer
Animal Man
Sandman
L.E.G.I.O.N.
Dr Fate
Advance Dungeons and Dragons
Dragonlance
Forgotten Realms
Dan Raspler sfg Mark Nevelow Bob Greenberger
Suicide Squad
Firestorm
Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children Star Trek
Star Trek:Next Generation
Phantom
   
1990
 
Jan  The Ring Of The Nibelung 4-issue mini

McFarlane's Spider-Man begins

Greatest Team-Up Stories Ever Told hardcover

Gotham By Gaslight Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola do an imaginary story in which Batman appears during the 1890's.

Feb  Time Masters 8-issue mini written by Bob Wayne and Lewis Shiner, edited by Bob Greenberger.  A hard science fiction remake of the old Rip Hunter series in which no one can ever travel through time using the same method twice.

Greatest Golden Age Stories Ever Told

Justice League Special #1 (Mr Miracle)
Superboy:The Comic Book #1 based on the TV show.

Mar  1st Cable in New Mutants

Adam Strange mini-series begins by Richard Brunning and Andy Kubert, edited by Mike Carlin.  Roundly condemned by fandom for besmirching the character of one of the Silver Age's founding heroes and being a stupid story to boot.

Atlantis Chronicles mini series by Peter David attempts to give Aquaman a mythological back story.

Phantom cancelled

Apr  Tempus Fugitive 4-issue mini by Ken Steacy

Batman:Digital Justice hardcover.  Touted as to all the art being computer generated.

Manhunter cancelled.

May  The Adventures of Ford Fairlane 4-issue mini movie adaption.

The Butcher 5-issue mini by Mike Baron and Shea Anton Pensa.

Mark Waid resigns from his editorial position to concentrate on writing.  Michael Eury takes over Legion for 6 issues, then Dan Raspler.  Art Young takes over Doom Patrol.

Jun  Hawkworld  is brought back as a continuing series, set in the present.  The original mini-series could have been set in the past, but DC editorial decides that Hawkman is now a new character who has just appeared on Earth.  Although a taut and well written series with some complex political and philosophical reasoning behind it, many readers cannot get beyond the management-imposed continuity disconnect, which hampers the book's sales.  Mike Gold edits.  Tim Truman and John Ostrander write. Graham Nolan draws.

Green Lantern returns in his own book, fresh from the Action Comics Weekly debacle.  Gerard Jones writes, but the editorial team can't figure out which version of the character to focus on. Andy Helfer edits, Pat Broderick draws.

Why I Hate Saturn (Piranha) Kyle Baker- probably the most popular of the Piranha books.  Went through multiple printings.

Bugs Bunny #1, edited by Brian Augustyn, written by Joey Cavalieri with art by Chuck Fiala.  DC tests the Warner waters with a three issue mini-series.

Jul  Shade The Changing Man begins. Written by Peter Milligan. 70 issues. Karen Berger edits, Chris Bachalo draws.  There was a strong feeling in this era that, if you were British, you must be able to write comics.  No resemblance to the Ditko character implied or inferred.

Tom Peyer takes over editing Doom Patrol. (45). Grant Morrison weirdness continues.

The Demon returns, written by Alan Grant, following an Action  Comics Weekly run. Val Semeiks is the penciller. Dan Raspler edits.  A very strong strand of black humor runs through this version of the character which lasted 57 issues.

Ms. Tree Quarterly begins. The long running Eclipse/Renegade title by Max Allan Collins and Terry Beatty seeks refuge at DC under editor Mike Gold. 9 issues.  An 80 page book with former Quality character Midnight as a backup feature by Ed Gorman and Graham Nolan.

Flash Special 1, an 80 page giant annual type book.

Batman Archives vol 1, reprinting the Batman stories from Detective Comics 27-50.

Aug  Total Recall #1, a movie adaption.

World's Finest #1, a three part prestige format mini-series written by Dave Gibbons with art by Steve Rude featuring a team up of Superman and Batman vs the Joker and Luthor.  Harder to pull off than it sounds since Luthor is supposedly an honest businessman and the Joker a homicidal lunatic, and Superman and Batman can't stand each other. Mike Carlin edits.

Who's Who #1 a loose leaf binder collection of pin-ups and text pages, supposedly recounting DC's history but actually just puff pieces for their newest series.

Sep  The Flash begins a one season run on CBS televison starring John Wesley Shipp.

TSR Worlds #1 is an annual anthology promoting all the TSR licensed titles.

Jonathan Peterson becomes editor of New Titans.(69)

Breathtaker #1, a four issue mini series by Marc Wheatley and Marc Hemple, edited by Mike Gold.

Enemy Ace Special #1, reprints the first two Enemy Ace stories to help support the hardcover graphic novel.

Peter Milligan takes over Animal Man with issue 27 and is immediately faced with the problem that after Grant Morrison's brilliant run, there is nothing left to say. Art Young edits.

Oct  Spelljammer begins (TSR, 15 issues) by Barbara Kessel and Michael Collins.

Nazz #1, a three issue mini series by Tom Veitch and Bryan Talbot, edited by Karen Berger.

The Huntress is cancelled after 19 issues, another character that apparently couldn't withstand the shock of the Crisis.

Doc Savage cancelled.

Comico suspends operations, is sold, and ends its distribution deal with DC.

Nov  Lobo #1 by Keith Giffen, Alan Grant and Simon Bisley. First of a collection of mini-series and specials featuring the over the top parody of every ultra-violent super hero that ever was.  1st issue was offered for $.99.  Edited by Dan Raspler.

Question Quarterly #1 continues the Denny O'Neil/Dennis Cowan series at a slower pace.  5 issues, edited by Mike Gold.

Superman Archives vol 2

Archie Goodwin leaves Marvel/Epic and becomes editor of Legends of the Dark Knight.(24)

Dec  Greatest 1950's Stories Ever Told  hardcover.

Batman 3-D, a $5 magazine sized soft cover, featuring a new John Byrne story and a reprint from the 50's Batman 3-D comic.

Enemy Ace: War Idyll Hardcover

Books of Magic #1, a four part mini series by Neil Gaiman which tours though DC's various magical characters and introduces young Tim Hunter.  Features painted art by John Bolton. Karen Berger edits.

World Without End #1 by Jaime Delano and John Higgins. 6 issue mini series.  Horror fantasy tale about super heroes with painted art.

Justice League Quarterly #1.  Quite obviously DC was having a thing for 80 page giant quarterlies around this time.

   
1991 
 
Jan  Robin 5-issue mini. 1st series starring Tim Drake as Robin, by Chuck Dixon and Tom Lyle, edited by Denny O'Neil and Dan Raspler.  Went to second printing.

Batman Dailies vol 1 co published by DC and Kitchen Sink, but mostly Kitchen Sink.

Batman Bride of the Demon hardcover by Mike Barr and Tom Grindberg

Checkmate (33) and El Diablo (16) cancelled.

Feb  William Messner-Loebs decides to make Inza Dr Fate (#25), rather than Kent. Stuart Moore edits. Vincent Giarrano pencils.

Greatest Flash Stories Ever Told Last of the series although a  Greatest Stories of the Sixties was announced.

Kim Yale replaces Elliot Maggin as editor of the TSR titles. Avatar #1 (TSR) is added to the roster, by Barbara Kessel and Dameon Willich.

Action 662 Lois finally finds out the Clark is Superman, by Roger Stern and Bob McLleod.  Edited by Mike Carlin and Dan Thorsland.

Mar  Challengers Of The Unknown  8-issue mini by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale tarnishes the memory of the great 50’s series by Jack Kirby.  Edited by Elliot Maggin.

Angel and the Ape  4-issue mini by Phil Foglio, edited by Mike Gold. Also featuring Dumb Bunny from the Inferior Five.

Green Lantern Emerald Dawn II #1.  Not only is the young Hal Jordan an irresponsible drunk, but he's also one of the dumbest putzes to ever wear a Green Lantern ring.  Courtesy of Keith Giffen (plot), Gerard Jones (script) and M. D. Bright (pencils).  Edited by Andy Helfer and Kevin Dooley.  6 issues.

Apr  Justice Society Of America 8-issue mini set in 1950 by Len Strazewski & Rick Burchett.  Surprisingly successful, it spawns a regular series in August  1992. (Brian Augustyn, editor)

Kid Eternity #1-a 3-issue mini (Morrison & Fegredo) has nothing to do with the  real Kid Eternity whatsoever. Prestige format. (Karen Berger, ed)

May  Armageddon 2001 #1 by Archie Goodwin and Dan Jurgens sets up a crossover that runs through DC’s annuals.  Supposed to reveal at the end that Captain Atom was the villain but changed at the last minute to be Hawk. (O'Neil, Jon Peterson, eds)

Howard Chaykin’s Twilight 3-issue prestige format series takes most of DC’s future science fiction characters and turns them into perverts, con-men and monsters.  General fun ensues. (Andy Helfer,ed)

Kim Yale takes over Sgt Rock Special from Mike Gold.

Dan Raspler becomes editor of L.E.G.I.O.N.

Jun  Mr. E #1 by K. W. Jeter and John K Snyder. 4 issue mini-series. Spin-off from the Books of Magic.

Jul  Superman: The Man Of Steel begins. There is now one Superman title  coming out every week.

DC licenses the Archie Super-Hero titles to create a new younger reader-oriented universe, dubbed IMPACT!  Unfortunately, the line is also used as a training ground for new talent and fails to meet either goal.  Books include Black Hood, The Fly, Jaguar, Comet, Legend of The Shield and The Web. Editor in Chief is Mike Gold. Brian Augustyn, Paul Kupperberg and Jim Owlsley are also implicated.

Atlas of the DC Universe published by DC/Mayfair.  Answers the eternal question of where all the DC fictional cities and countries are located.   Fans choose to ignore it, so that they can continue arguing.

Batman Archives #2 

Flash TV Special #1

First Comics ceases publication- end of the Iron Age?

Aug  Deathstroke: The Terminator begins, continuing a trend of giving fascist murderers originally created as villains, their own comic book.  Possibly related to the success of the Terminator movie which bears no relation. Jonathan Peterson, editor.  Written by Marv Wolfman.

Batman: the Sunday Classics co-published by DC and Kitchen Sink

Viking Glory hardcover

Margaret Clark leaves Marvel/Epic to become a DC editor, first on Legends of the Dark Knight, then for Piranha Press.

Sep  War of the Gods- George Perez’s Wonder Woman centered crossover series.  DC’s handling of this series' promotion and scheduling pissed George off so much that he quit the company.

Outlaws #1 eight issue mini series. A version of the Robin Hood legend set in the present by Michael Jan Friedman and Luke McDonnell, edited by Bryan Augustyn.

Psycho #1 by James Hudnall and Dan Brereton. 3 issue mini-series.

Captain Atom ends with 57.

Wizard Magazine debuts and soon becomes the news source of choice for comic book speculators everywhere.

Oct  Batman:Holy Terror by Alan Brennert and Norm Breyfogle- Bruce Wayne avenges the death of his parents at the hands of the government.  First prestige format comic officially designated as an Elseworlds novel.

Ragman #1- 8 issue limited series, plotted by Keith Giffen. script by Robert Loren Fleming, edited by Kevin Dooley.

X-Men begins. Five different covers printed.  Sets a new sales record for the direct market.

Nov  OMAC  4-issue mini by John Byrne in black and  white. Jon Peterson, ed.

Black Canary:New Wings 4-issue mini first solo book featuring the Golden Age character by Sarah Byam and Trevor Von Eeden. Edited by Mike Gold.

Human Target Special #1

Griffin #1 by Dan Vado and Norm Felchle. First published by Slave Labor Graphics.  Science fiction series about a human programed by aliens to be a fighting machine.  Archie Goodwin edits. 6 issues.

Dec  Advanced Dungeons And Dragons cancelled (#36) TSR license ends.

Robin: the Joker’s Wild mini series features hologram covers as  gimmicks go wild in an attempt to build comic sales to speculators. 5 different covers published for the first issue. (O'Neil, Raspler, editors) Written by Chuck Dixon.

Legion Archives #1- 1st Silver Age Archives series?

Prince:Alter Ego (Piranha Press) An attempt to meld rock and  comics.

Aquaman #1- Kevin  Dooley edits. Shaun McLaughlin writes, but Aquaman flounders at issue 13.

Brave and the Bold #1 four issue mini-series starring Green Arrow, the Butcher and the Question. Edited by Mike Gold. Written by Mike Grell and Mike Baron. Art by Shea Anton Pensa.

Clash #1 by Tom Veitch and Andy Kubert

   
1992 
 
Jan  In the high point of his long career as a second stringer, Elongated Man finally gets cover billed in a four issue mini-series by Gerard Jones and Mike Parobeck. Brian Augustyn edits.

Feb Adventures of Superboy  (#22) series based on the TV show cancelled. 

Michael Eury takes the Legion back from Dan Raspler.

Sgt Rock Special cancelled. Last regularly published war book?

Jack C. Harris and Joe Quesada update the Golden Age Quality comics character The Ray for a six issue mini-series. (Jim Owlsley edits)

Mar  Gotham Nights 4-issue mini (Gotham City design changed to match  the Batman movie) (O'Neil and Scott Peterson, eds).

Apr  Justice League Archives #1

Silver Age Classics- DC stops printing comics at World Color Press and switches the entire line to offset printing.  To celebrate, a collection of Silver Age Classic issue reprints are the last titles to be printed at Sparta.

Starman cancelled (45).

 

May  DC loses the Shadow license to Dark Horse. The Shadow Strikes!  cancelled (#31)

Brian Augustyn takes over Justice League (61) from Andy Helfer.  Silly Giffen version ends as new writer Dan Jurgens takes the book in a more traditional direction.

The !mpact line gets its own super team The Crusaders (8 issues).

Jun  6/12/92 Batman Returns by Tim Burton features the Penguin and The Catwoman in an incredibly muddled story line.

Yet one more Batman title is added to the schedule, Batman: Shadow Of The Bat.

The new Green Lantern series is such a success that DC decides to flood the market.  John Stewart is spun off into his own book: Green Lantern: Mosaic (Jones, Culley Hamner, K Dooley,ed), Green Lantern Corps Quarterly focuses on the Corps in space and a trade paperback of the first 8 issues is released. Guy Gardner follows in his own mini series next month by Gerard Jones and Joe Staton. Edited by Kevin Dooley.

William Messner Loebs replaces George Perez as writer on Wonder Woman 63Dan Thorsland replaces Karen Berger as editor.

Jul  Standard comic price goes up to $1.25

All Star Archives #1 reprints the earliest adventures of the Justice Society.

Eclipso: The Darkness Within continues the trend of linking all of DC’s annuals into a summer crossover series.

Greatest Batman Stories Vol 2 (paperback only).

The JSA freed from Limbo in Armageddon: Inferno #4

Kim Yale takes over the Star Trek titles from Bob Greenberger.

Aug Joe Shuster dies.

Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children ends with #30. 

Justice Society Of America regular series begins. Brian Augustyn edits, Len Strazewksi writes, Mike Parabek pencils.

7 disgruntled Marvel artists break away to start their own comics company.  Image Comics begins as a Malibu imprint.  Jon Peterson leaves DC to become an editor for Image.

Sep  9/5/92 Batman: the Animated Series produced by Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski for Warner Bros. Alan Burnett is story editor and Paul Dini is head writer.  The series is actually preceded by the release of the comic book adaption, Batman Adventures.  The show is a major hit and wins numerous Emmy Awards. Some of the characters and concepts are even adapted into the regular Batman line. 70 episodes are made.

Marv Wolfman’s Team Titans begins with one of the stupidest gimmicks of all time.  5 different issues all numbered number one with different stories in them.  The book features alternate future world variations of the actual titans, which is a pretty stupid idea for an on-going series in and of itself.  On top of that the book is part of a 9 part crossover with New Titans and Deathstroke.  Series lasts 24 issues. Jon Peterson edits.

Gerard Jones writes Martian Manhunter: American Secrets a 3-issue mini series set in the paranoid fifties when the Manhunter’s presence on Earth was a secret. Brian Augustyn edits.

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt, from Charlton, is revived by Michael Collins and Peter Marzan, Jr. (12 issues)

The Heckler is a new demented series from Keith Giffen (6 issues).

Oct  Denny O'Neil’s Batman: Sword Of Azrael 4-issue mini series introduces the character of Azrael, later to be important in Batman continuity.

Michael Jan Friedman’s Darkstars attempts to spin yet another series out of the extremely popular Green Lantern mythos. Brian Augustyn edits. Guy Gardner also debuts as a regular series. Kevin Dooley edits.

Brian Augustyn replaces Dan Thorsland as editor of Wonder Woman. (67)

Ironwolf: Fires of the Revolution- hardcover graphic novel featuring new adventures of Howard Chaykin's 70's creation.

The Impact experiment crashes and burns as all the various series are cancelled over the next three months

Nov  Larry Niven’s Green Lantern: Ganthet’s Tale is a prestige format one- shot, bringing the acclaimed sf writer into comics for the first time. 

Valor stars the former Mon-El from the Legion of Super Heroes in 20th century adventures.  Michael Eury edits first two issues, then K. C. Carlson.  Robert Loren Fleming writes.

Batman Adventures adopts the look and continuity of the Paul Dini /Bruce Timm animated series.  Considered by some to be the only readable Batman title produced in the Nineties.

Eclipso gets his own title.  Written by Keith Giffen. (18 issues).

Congorilla- 4 issue mini series by Steve Englehart.  A dark gritty Congorilla series featuring an evil Janu the Jungle?  This joke doesn't even need a punch line. 

Alan Gold becomes editor of the Star Trek titles.

Dec  John Ostrander brings The Spectre back in the first logically thought out well-written series the character has ever appeared in.  The series lasts 62 issues and resolves all the plotlines back to the forties.  First issue has a glow-in-the dark cover.  Dan Raspler edits. Tom Mandrake draws.

Rob Simpspon replaces Jon Peterson as editor of New Titans (93) and Team Titans.

Robin III 6-issue mini series has "movement enhanced" covers as the gimmicks get sillier and sillier.
Tell Me Dark by horror writer Karl Edward Wagner with fully painted art by Keith Williams comes out as a DC hardcover graphic novel.  One suspects this was originally intended to be a Piranha Press book, but that line is fading out of existence at this point.

Dwayne McDuffie, Derek Dingle and Denys Cowan form Milestone Comics to create mult-cultural comic books, which would eventually be printed and distributed by DC.

   
1993 
 
Jan  Superman (#75) battles Doomsday and "dies", resulting in national media coverage and a boost in sales as speculators purchase recent issues in such quantities that they will never be worth squat.

Sarah Byam and Trevor Von Eeden begin a regular Black Canary series but it only lasts 12 issues. Mike Gold edits.

Showcase '93 12-issue mini features stories of DC characters that don’t have their own titles, with a Batman character in the front to ensure sales.

Grant Morrison leaves Doom Patrol with issue 63. A five page preview introducing new writer, Rachel Pollack is included.

Scarlett by Wilson and Joyner. A teenage girl becomes the scourge of the undead. 

Feb  Gregory from Piranha Press goes into a third printing and a second volume is issued.

The last gasp of the Impact line is Crucible, a 6-issue mini. The line originally begun as a way to attract younger readers, ends in a dark, apocalyptic crossover series.  Go figure. Jim Owlsley (Christopher Priest) edits. Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn write.

Stanley and His Monster- a four issue mini series by Phil Foglio brings back the sixties fan favorite.

Green Arrow- The Wonder Year- Mike Grell screws up Green Arrow chronlogy and makes Ollie even shallower than usual. 4 issues.

Mar  DC launches Vertigo imprint under editor Karen Berger, dedicated to more sophisticated story telling aimed at adults. Doom Patrol (64), Shade the Changing Man (33), Hellblazer (63), Animal Man (57), Swamp Thing (129) and Sandman (47) are moved over to the new imprint. 

Death: The High Cost Of Living 3-issue mini  featuring Neil Gaiman’s Endless, is the first original Vertigo series, followed by Enigma by Peter Milligan.

Apr  Tom and Mary Bierbaum spin a team of younger clones of the original Legion off into their own title.  Worst idea since Team Titans. Legionnaires begins

Matt Wagner and Guy Davis begin a dark, film noir treatment of the original Trench-coated Sandman in Sandman Mystery Theatre. (Vertigo).

Dwayne McDuffie’s Hardware begins- 1st Milestone comic.  A black version of Iron Man takes on the corporation that financed his creation. Edited by Dwayne McDuffie. Art by Dennis Cowan.

Dwayne McDuffie’s Blood Syndicate, a violent super-team that targets  drugs and urban crime, begins (Milestone) Pencils by Trevor Von Eeden. Ed by McDuffie.

May  DC takes over publication of Mad Magazine.

Dwayne McDuffie’s Icon begins from the Milestone imprint.  Icon is a  super-powered alien pretending to be a black lawyer.  Rocket is his kid sidekick.  Art by Mark Bright. Ed by McDuffie.

Justice Society Of America cancelled with #10 reportedly because Mike Carlin thinks it makes DC’s characters look "old".

K.C. Carlson takes over the Legion and Legionnaires  from Michael Eury (43).

Jun  Justice League Task Force continues DC’s policy of launching as  many spin-offs of successful titles as possible (Augustyn edits).

Static, Milestone’s teen-age super-hero begins. Written by McDuffie And Robert Washington III. Art by John Paul Leon. (Ed by McDuffie)

New "replacements" for Superman begin appearing in the four Superman titles, including Steel, the Eradicator, the Cyborg and the new Superboy.

Jul  "Bloodlines" is this year’s annuals crossover as alien invaders create new  Earth super heroes.  None of the new characters catches on.

John Wagner and Alan Grant create Chain Gang War- a street crime battling team of vigilantes operating within the confines of the DC Universe. Embossed, variant covers and plenty of Batman crossovers still can't keep this book alive more than 12 issues.

Scott Peterson replaces Mike Gold as editor of Green Arrow (76)

Aug  Jo Duffy and Jim Balent's spin on Catwoman begins.  Unfortunately the book's only selling point turns out to be the absurd size of Catwoman’s breasts. (O'Neil edits.)

DC Universe: Trinity 2-issue bookend mini, a crossover series featuring the Guardians, the Darkstars and L.E.G.I.O.N

Batman/Grendel, a two part limited series crossing over the Dark Horse/DC characters finally appears after years of legal wrangles from back when Grendel was published by Comico.  Matt Wagner writes and draws.

Mark Waid writes a 4 issue Metamorpho mini-series.

Sep  Superman "returns"- (81) Oops, he wasn’t dead after all!  Assuming that the sales for Superman's return would equal the sales for his death, retailers massively over order this title.  Combining this with the failure of the Image/Valiant Deathmate crossover, also massively over ordered, to ship on time causes the speculator to boom to crash, driving thousands of comic stores out of business in an event referred to as "Black September".

9/12/93 Lois and Clark: the New Adventures of Superman premieres on ABC.  The series, based more on Lois Lane comics than anything else is an immediate hit much to the chagrin of those fans who like their death and destruction unadulterated by soap opera.
88 episodes are made.

Editor Archie Goodwin and same old writer John Ostrander attempt to salvage Hawkman by dumping Hawkwoman, changing his costume (but still keeping the stupid metal wings and throwing in a lot of "native American" mumbo jumbo.  Amazingly, lasts 33 incomprehensible issues.

Editor Archie Goodwin and writer James Robinson concoct an Elseworlds mini-series starring The Golden Age heroes set in the post-war era (which may have coined the phrase, the Atomic Age, as it refers to comics.)  Series is a springboard for Robinson’s later work on Starman.

Acclaim/Image crossover series, Deathmate, parts of which may never have come out

Oct  Denny O’Neil (editor) and Doug Moench (writer) and artist Joe Quesada have Batman defeated by the criminal Bane who breaks his back.  While Bruce is out of commision, the lunatic vigilante Azrael replaces him as Batman (Batman 500)  The series "Knightfall" continues through several titles and is eventually collected into a series of popular trade paperbacks.

Mike Carlin, Dan Jurgens And Brett Breeding bring out a revised updated, modernized and universally hated new version of Metal Men.  4 issue mini.

Streets 3 issue limited series of hard-boiled detective stories by James Hudnall and three different artists. Fully painted, prestige format. And almost a year late.

Nov  Robin begins ongoing series. Written by Chuck Dixon.  Drawn by Tom Grumett (O'Neil edits).

Speeding Bullets is an Elseworlds one-shot in which young Kal-El is adopted by Thomas and Martha Wayne.  A concept worthy of Weisinger himself. Written by Marc DeMatteis.

Mike Barr brings The Outsiders back (24 issues). Bill Kaplan edits.  (Kevin Dooley takes over with #8) Two first issues, labelled Alpha and Omega.

Black Mask is a dark, gritty, mystery man story set in the aftermath of the Korean War.  3 issues, by Brian Augustyn.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adapts the popular British radio series. Co-produced with Byron Preiss Visuals. 3 issues.

Green Lantern: Mosaic is the first of the Green Lantern flood to be cancelled (#18).

Lou Stathis becomes new editor of Doom Patrol.(72)

Dec Standard comic price goes to $1.50

12/25/93 Batman: Mask of the Phantasm brings the Warner Bros. animated version to theaters.

Vertigo joins the gimmick crowd by linking all their annuals into a single storyline, beginning with the Children’s Crusade written by Neil  Gaiman .  The series ends with the Arcana Annual which reintroduces  Tim Hunter and sets the stage for the Books of Magic series.

Lobo regular series begins (64 issues). Dan Raspler edits. Alan Grant writes, Val Semieks draws.

Peter David takes over Aquaman: with Time And Tide, a 4-issue mini- series, recounting and rearranging the past history of the character.

Chuck Dixon replaces Mike Grell on Green Arrow (83) as Jim Aparo takes over the art.  The book's new direction hews closer to the super hero track and features guest stars from the DC universe. Scott Peterson edits.

   
1994 
 

Jan  c. Eclipse Comics goes out of business. End of the Iron Age?.

DC editor Bill Kaplan moves to Image. 

Ron Marz (at the instigation of editor Kevin Dooley) turns Hal Jordan into  a homicidal megalo-maniac who murders the entire Green Lantern Corps and then attempts to recreate the universe to his own liking.  A new teen-age Green Lantern is created to replace him, under the mis-perception that fans like teen-age heroes. (Green Lantern 48-50).  The new direction is considered by many long-time fans as an invitation by the company to get lost.  Previously solicited contents for GL 48 and 49 are abandoned.  Despite the bad publicity and the howling of Baby Boomer fans, the new Green Lantern is considered a success.

The Shadow War crossover features all the Milestone titles and leads into The Shadow Cabinet , Kobalt and Xombi.  Zero issues appear in Jan with the series beginning in June.

Matt Wayne becomes editor of Icon (9) and Hardware (11)

Feb  Two of the four "replacement Supermen" graduate to their own titles as  Steel (Frank Pittarese edits, Bogdanove and Simonson write) and Superboy (Pittarese edits, script by Kessel, art by Grummet) begin their own series.

Meanwhile, the Matrix clone that thinks it’s Supergirl gets a 4 issue mini-series written by Roger Stern. (edited by Mike Carlin).

Guy Gardner: Warrior 17 begins a new chapter for Guy as he gets new powers and is no longer a Green Lantern.  Beau Smith’s new direction lasts 28 issues.
Kevin Dooley edits.

Fighting American, a six issue mini-series, utilizing the Simon and Kirby character.  Acharacter of the fifties tries to adjust to the nineties. Dave Rawson & Pat McGreal (Script), Greg LaRocque (pencils). Paul Kupperberg edits.

In  Batman Adventures: Mad Love, creator Paul Dini puts Harlequin, a character created for the animated series, into comic book format.

Jack Kirby dies.

Mar  Green Lantern Corps Quarterly cancelled (#8) because they’re all dead.
 
 

Jerry Ordway’s Power of Shazam hardcover reintroduces Captain  Marvel without trashing the original concept.

Apr  Tom Joyner’s Damage begins (20 issues) attempts to see if a traditional  hero can succeed in the modern age.  It can’t. Archie Goodwin, ed.

DC finally attempts to do something to attract younger readers by launching a line of comics utilizing the Warner Bros cartoon characters owned by their parent corporation. Looney Tunes begins.  Katie Main edits.

Mike Deodato takes over the art on Wonder Woman (85).  Takes the book into the realm of "bad girl" art, dramatically increasing sales to horny fans boys everywhere.  Paul Kupperberg becomes editor.

Margaret Clark becomes Star Trek editor. (59)

May  Batman/Spawn and Spawn/Batman crossovers issued by DC and Image.

Christopher Priest brings back the new Ray from JAck C Harris' 1992 mini-series. 

Tim Hunter gets his own title, The Books Of Magic by John Ney  Reiber., with art by Gary Amaro.  Never quite as successful as some think it ought to be.  (Stuart Moore and Julie Rottenberg, eds.)

Speculator boom collapses causing massive decline in comic sales.

Jun Valiant Comics sold to Acclaim, a video game company.

Xombi #1 by John Rozum and JJ Birch (A scientist turned into a freak who cannot die), Kobalt #1 by John Rozum and Arvell Jones (a hero who strikes fear into the hearts of evil doers gains an unwanted kid sidekick), Shadow Cabinet #1 by Robert Washington III and John Paul Leon. (A secret team of heroes  with a mission to save humanity from itself.)  The second wave of Milestone titles begins.

Jul  Worlds Collide crosses over the Milestone characters with the regular DC universe.  The bagged special edition features a cover with only background and a group of vinyl cling characters the reader can place anywhere he or she chooses. By Robert Washington II and John Paul Leon and a cast of thousands.

This year’s annuals are all vaguely grouped around an Elseworlds  theme.

Aug  Writer Peter David and editor Kevin Dooley revamp Aquaman as a one-handed megalomaniacal lunatic.  Probably the most successful version of Aquaman ever, as the series lasts for 75 issues, although David leaves after issue 47.

Marvel and DC bury the hatchet long enough to issue a  Batman/ Punisher crossover.

Andy Helfer attempts to bring an American feel to the licensed British  series Judge Dredd (18 issues).

Sep  Zero Hour: Crisis In Time is Dan Jurgens’ attempt to straighten out DC’s already confused "post-Crisis" continuity.  The series is used for little more than another excuse to rub long-time fans’ noses in the fact that DC management is more interested in attracting Marvel fans than it is in holding on to its own.  Several heroes are killed, in a practice which no longer even has any shock value.  Several series which do not fit the new DC timeline are cancelled, including L.E.G.I.O.N.  94 Team Titans, and Valor.  Series runs backwards from 4 to 0.

9/94 15 more animated Batman episodes are made as The Adventures of Batman and Robin.

Oct  Zero Month- Following the Zero Hour mini-series DC issues a month of Zero number titles to allow creative teams to change the directions of their titles if they want to.  A number of titles debut with zero issues this month, including John Francis Moore’s Fate (Goodwin,ed), Primal Force (Jim Spivey, ed; Steven Seagle, script), James Robinson’s Starman (Goodwin, ed), R.E.B.E.L.S 94 and Steven Grant’s Manhunter (Goodwin,ed)and Doug Moench's Xenobrood. (Dooley, ed). 

Other series undergo major changes in direction as Connor Hawke, Green Arrow’s "son" debuts in Green Arrow 0 courtesy of Kelly Puckett, the Legion of Super-Heroes reboots from the beginning , courtesy of Mark Waid, and Hawkman is given a new Earth-based American Indian origin by Bill Messner-Loebs.  Guy Gardner gets all new powers to replace his lost power ring in Guy Gardner: Warrior 0 by Beau Smith.

Mike Carlin replaces Dick Giordano as Executive Editor of DC Comics.

Nov  Guardians of Metropolis- 4 issue mini starring the Guardian and the Newsboy Legion by Karl Kessel and Keiron Dwyer.

Metropolis SCU by Cindy Goff and Peter Krause Focuses on Maggie Sawyer and Lois Lane. 4 issues.

Dec  Batman Vs Predator II- a DC/Dark Horse crossover by Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy.

Judge Dredd: Legends Of The Law gives the popular British character  a second title (13 issues).

Deathwish 4-issue mini (Milestone) Marisa Rahm is a cop, Deathwish is a psychotic vigilante. Can he help her catch a serial killer? by Adam  Blaustein and JH Williams III. McDuffie edits.

Star Trek- Next Generation/Deep Space Nine is DC's first crossover with Malibu 4 issues

DC Comics goes on-line via AOL and begins scheduled promotional chats with comics creators.  AOL starter kits are advertised in all DC Comics.

   
1995 
 
Jan  Editor Andy Helfer reincarnates the Piranha line in a new guise aimed at non-comic book readers.  First is the Big Book of Urban Legends, a squarebound trade featuring illustrated short anecdotes.  First in a series which also includes Weirdos, Death and Conspiracies.  Paradox Mystery begins with Joel Rose and Amos Poe’s La Pacifica in which a motel owner gets involved with a string of serial killings, (5x8 black and white, 3 issues) and Paradox Fiction begins with J Marc DeMatteis’ Brooklyn Dreams, a surrealistic novel about life in Brooklyn (5X8 black and white, 4 issues).
Jan Dan Vado’s Extreme Justice begins, replacing Justice League International with a Dark Age oriented version of the team.

Diana is replaced as Wonder Woman (93) by Artemis, a violent Amazon from a different tribe, which completes the "bad  girl" transformation begun by Deodato nine months earlier.

Batman:Bloodstorm is a hardcover Elseworlds novel by Doug Moench and Kelly Jones. A sequel to Red Rain.

Feb  In Batman 515, Bruce Wayne finally takes up the mantle of Batman once again, now an even darker more traumatized character than before, if such a thing is possible.  Jean Paul Valley, his lunatic replacement, gets his own title as Azrael.

Tony Isabella brings back Black Lightning but disagreements with DC’s new darker editorial direction (Pat Garrahy) soon leads to his departure and the series subsequent cancellation. (13 issues, Tony writes 8). ARt by Eddy Newell.

Bob , the Galactic Bum by Alan Grant and John Wagner, with art by Carlos Ezquerra. 4 issues Bob is panhandling his way accross the galaxy when he accidentally crosses paths with Lobo and Stealth.

Doom Patrol ends with  #87, 25 issues after writer Grant Morrison left  the book.

2/27/95 Comic Book E Mag begins "publication" on the bulletin board system that is a precursor to the World Wide Web.  Beginnings of the internet as a force in comics fandom

Mar  Jerry Ordway’s The Power Of Shazam! graduates to its own series, with art by Peter Krause. 

Blood Pack is a new mini series by Charles Moore and Chris Taylor, using characters introduced in the "Bloodlines" crossover. 4 issues. Edited by Eddie Berganza. The teen heroes are offered the chance to star in their own reality TV series.

John Lansdale and Timothy Truman bring back Jonah Hex: in Riders Of The Worm And Such a 5-issue mini series that gets them in legal trouble when Johnny and Edgar Winter don’t get the joke. (Vertigo)

Apr  Mark Waid spins Impulse off into his own series, bucking the trend towards ever grimmer and grittier comics titles. Humberto Ramos pencils. Edited by Brian Augustyn and Ruben Diaz.

Garth Ennis’ Preacher begins about a southern minister who is granted  mysterious powers. (Vertigo) Series runs for 66 issues.

DC announces exclusive distribution agreement with Diamond.  Marvel  Comics now exclusively self- distributed by Heroes World.

May  Animaniacs begins, also starring Pinky and the Brain.

My Name Is Holocaust is a spin-off Milestone mini series from Blood Syndicate.   Written by Ivan Velez with art by Tommy Lee Edwards

This year's annuals are grouped around a Year One theme.

Jun  Batman Forever----the third Batman movie, introducing Robin is released.

Standard comic price goes to $1.75

Triumph by Christopher Priest is a continuity implant mini-series spawned out of Zero Hour.

Loose Cannon by Jeph Loeb is a New Blood spin-off mini-series.

Jul  DC launches two quarterly books to make sure no week of the month is ever without Superman and Batman. The Batman Chronicles  edited by Jordan Gorfinkel and Darren Vincenzo  and Superman: The Man Of Tomorrow, edited by Mike Carlin and K C Carlson, begin.

Chris Claremont attempts to duplicate his X-Men success with a creator owned series that is part of the DC Universe. Sovereign Seven lasts 36 issues. Edited by Rob Simpson. Art by Dwayne Turner.

The Long Hot Summer 3-issue mini (MILESTONE) that crosses over all their characters by Daniel Chichester and Dennis Cowan. Milestone also upgrades all their books to coated paper stock and begins a $.99 promotion offering one title every month for $.99

Superman VS. Aliens 3-issue mini by Dan Jurgens, a joint publication with Dark Horse.

Anima cancelled (#15)

Aug  "The Siege of Zi Charam " is a five part crossover between the New Titans, Green Lantern, Dark Stars and Damage.

Batman Forever movie adaption.

Sep  Oliver Queen "dies" in Green Arrow 101, according to writer Chuck  Dixon and editor Scott Peterson.

John Byrne takes over Wonder Woman with 101 and procedes to ignore all previous continuity as he weeves a confusing time travel tales that results in Wonder Woman's mother becoming the "first" Wonder Woman in the forties as a result of her daughter's future inspiration and Wonder Girl becomes an optical illusion (or something).  Edited by Paul Kupperberg.  Lots of punching and kicking.

Nightwing is a 4 issue mini-series, written by Denny O'Neil, edited by Pat Garrahy.

Batman/Judge Dread: The Ultimate Riddle written by Alan Grant and John Wagner.

Kobalt cancelled (#16)

Oct  John Byrne does Darkseid vs Galactus:The Hunger

The New Gods returns by Tom Peyer and editor Rob Simpson.

Batman: Man-Bat 3-issue mini edited by Karen Berger in the Elseworlds series.  Also Batman: Knight Gallery and Batman: Brotherhood of the Bat.

Batman :Vengeance of Bane II-The Redemption. (edited by Scott Peterson)

Paradox Press publishes Howard Cruse's Stuck Rubber Baby as a hardcover, edited by Bronwyn Taggart.  This memoir of growing up in the south during the civil rights movement is soon found in libraries everywhere.

Shadow Cabinet cancelled (#17)

Nov  Underworld Unleashed 3-issue mini, by Mark Waid, edited by Brian Augustyn.  Many lame supervillains sell their souls to Neron in return for a power boost.

The Batman And Robin Adventures begins, edited by Scott Peterson restarts the animated series as the Batman cartoon show moves to the Fox weekday lineup.

Vigilante: City Lights, Prarie Justice 4-issue mini,edited by Archie Goodwin features the original character. written by James Robinson.

Animal Man  (#89) and Manhunter (#12) cancelled

Superboy meets the Legion of Super-Heroes in issue 21 edited by Frank Pittarese and in Legion 74 and Legionnaires 31, both edited by KC Carlson.

Dec  Crusader Andrew Vachhs pens Batman:The Ultimate Evil, a two issue prestige mini-series edited by Jenette Kahn.

Star Trek The Next Generation: Ill Wind 3-issue mini

Babylon 5 (#11), Judge Dredd: Legends of The Law (#13),and Primal Force (#14) cancelled. 

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