This month in DC History
One of the best characters in DC History, Police Commissioner Gordon was introduced in Detective Comics 27 in 1939. This savvy officer of the law was a hit from the get go. It was only a matter of time that he would get a family consisting of one kick ass superheroine and one psychopath, cause everyone needs that black sheep, am I right? Some guy named Batman also was introduced but really Commissioner Gordon was the real star of the issue.
What else happened in 1939?
- The first Superman title was released in June. It was a mixture of original material and reprints from earlier issues of Action Comics. Since his origin was told in Action Comics, it only took a few panels to recap it in Superman 1, hopefully something the movies can learn something from. (I’m looking at you Man of Steel. Keep it short.)
- The Sandman was introduced in a comic handed out at the New York World’s Fair and then moved into Adventure Comics #40. He wore is gas mask and trench coat and settled in for his long run in the superhero biz.
- All-American Comics started it’s run in April. it contained mostly newspaper reprints and puzzle pages but also had original material like “Scribbly” who was a boy cartoonist.