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The Truth about 1994:

It wasn’t Barry who talked Hal down and took him out during Zero Hour but Oliver Queen who shot him with an arrow. 

Now for 2 Truths/1 Lie. The year is 1995:

  • Dick Grayson got his own miniseries. After the events of the “Prodigal” storyline, where Dick became Batman, Dick decided to hang up his costume for a break from crime fighting. However, Dick was pulled back into the game with an ominous letter and new details over his parents’ death. He donned a new blue and black Nightwing costume.
  • Wonder Woman got a makeover when she lost the title of Wonder Woman. After her mother had a vision of her death, she held a tournament to decided who the new Wonder Woman would be in order to protect Diana. A red haired Amazon named Xena won the title and the costume off of Diana’s back. But that wouldn’t stop Diana as she put on a black outfit with matching jacket and continued to be the hero she’s always been.
  • Green Arrow was put through the ringer after being forced to take down his best friend Hal during Zero Hour. However Hal reappeared alive with the news that Connor Hawke was his son. Ollie would not only face a growing family, but also a new Force of July, a reunion with his former sidekick Arsenal, and a crazed love interest named Hyrax. Ollie would uncover Hyrax plan to drop a bomb on Metropolis. In order to save the day Ollie would have to choose between blowing his arm off or loose his life altogether. Ollie ended up sacrificing his life allowing Connor to take up the roll of Green Arrow.

The Truth about 1993:

Obviously Wonder Woman didn’t hang up her lasso. But something big should have happened to her in 1993 to rival the big events happening to Superman and Batman.

Now for 2 Truths/1 Lie. The year is 1994!

  • After great success with stretching Superman and Batman to their limits and replacing them with a newer model, DC set their eyes on Green Lantern. During the “Reign of the Supermen” storyline, Coast City, Hal Jordan’s home town, was decimated. Hal set out to set the wrongs right by grabbing as much power as he could and not letting his enemies, like Sinestro, his friends, like Kilowag, nor the Guardians get in his way. In the end Hal had absorbed Parallax and Ganthet, the surviving Guardian, went to Earth with a power ring to recruit Kyle Rayner.
  • In less than a year of taking time off from the mantel, it was time for Bruce Wayne to take back the title of Batman even though Jean-Paul Valley (aka Azrael) wasn’t ready to give it back. Finally healed from Bane’s back break and with Jean-Paul slowly descending into madness, Bruce did some training with Lady Shiva to get his strength up to take on Jean-Paul. Once ready Bruce strapped on his Batsuit and the two fought across Gotham ending up in the Bat Cave. Jean-Paul was forced to remove his armor to fit into the tight crevices and finally saw what he had become and relinquished the title.
  • The Zero Hour event happened. It was a 5 issue series beginning with issue number 4 and counting down to 0. In Zero Hour, the Justice Society was at a place called the Vanishing Point fighting a villain called Extant who seemed to be behind time going haywire. After losing Atom and Doctor Fate to Extant, it was discovered that Hal Jordan, now Parallax was actually the one behind it, in an attempt to recreate the universe. It was Hal’s friend Barry who got him to see the error on his ways and took out Parallax who was presumed dead. By the zero issue of Zero Hour time was once again right and caused nearly every DC title to get a special #0 origin issue.

The Truth about 1992:

It was John Stewart who patrolled Green Lantern: Mosaic. Guy Gardner was in his own series, no longer a Green Lantern but ring slinging with a yellow power ring. The title ran for 44 issues where Gardner would eventually give up the ring and realize his alien Vuldarian heritage to become a human weapon, Guy Gardner: Warrior.

Now for 2 Truths/1 Lie. The year is 1993! It’s BIG year for comics:

  • Superman died! … At least for 6 months. In January the showdown between Superman and Doomsday happened leaving Superman dead or so it appeared. It was June when “Reign of the Supermen” started. In the mean time and story titled “World Without a Superman” ran, in which Superman’s friends dealt with thinking they’d never see him again.
  • Bane broke Batman’s back! In the story Knightfall, Bane orchestrated the release of several Arkham Asylum inmates. With these rogues out on the streets of Gotham Batman was stretched thin, growing tired and weakening. Batman would eventually face Bane himself ending him with a broken back. In October, Azrael would take up the Batmantel and who would throw Robin to the curb into his own title.
  • Wonder Woman hung up her lasso! With her two Superhero pals either dead or out of commission, Wonder Woman said “to hell with this” and took some time to work on her poetry. The story would span 6 issues each with a classical greek poem that would rival the Odyssey. DC was so embarrassed over the decision of where they took the Wonder Woman title that they burned all the copies they could find. Even making it hard to Google these events.

The Truth about 1991:

Robin’s series came out in 1993 but 1991 was the first appearance of Robin’s own title. In 1991 it was a miniseries and would spawn 2 more miniseries and the ongoing 183 issue series I wrote about.

Now for 2 Truths/1 Lie. The year is 1992:

  • Batman The Animated Series premiered as well as a tie-in comic book series based in the same world. The TV series would last for a total of 109 episodes and the comic titled The Batman Adventures would last 36 issues before being reborn under a different title.
  • Guy Gardner got his chance to shine in Green Lantern: Mosaic. The first issue saw Gardner presiding over Oa. The planet was divided into sections, each with a different race, atmosphere, and gravity. Although the title had many possibilities, it was short-lived and only lasted 18 issues.
  • DoomsDay made his debut. On page 22 of Superman: The Man of Steel #17, an issue where Superman took on a league of freak mutations, readers first saw their glimpse of Doomsday’s fist as it punched a wall.

The Truth about 1990:

It was Lobo who protected Miss Tribb in the comedic romp through the outer cosmos. And she WAS his fourth grade teacher, BTW. Deathstroke got his own title the following year.

Speaking of which, Now it’s time for 2 Truths/1 Lie. The year is 1991:

  • Robin got his own title for the first time ever. Tim Drake fired up his sports car named Redbird and started on his own solo career. The series was a success and would last 183 issues before getting a name change and reboot. It also paved way for other titles like Nightwing and Batgirl.
  • Finally after all these years Lois Lane saw Clark Kent for who he really was, Superman. In a land mark issue, a battle with Silver Banshee made Clark realized he need to come clean with his fiancé. So he took off his glasses and opened his shirt up to her.
  • In 1989 and 1990, the miniseries Emerald Darn was such a hit DC released another named Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn II, both of which delved into the past of Hal Jordan. With the first miniseries skimming over Hal’s jail time for a drunk-driving escaped, this six-issue series detailed his prison experience (Orange Is The New Green?). While Hal was in jail, Sinestro, still a Green Lantern, would go on to abuse his power and in the process be dethroned as ruler of his home world and evicted from the GLC.

The Truth about 1989:

It was actually the pages of the Suicide Squad that introduced Barbara Gordon as Oracle. (Several of you knew this, good job!)

Now for 2 truths/1 lie. The year is 1990!!!!!

  • An older Hal Jordan began an impressive 181 issue run on the 3rd series called Green Lantern. Not much happened in the first issue though and the only action was a fight between Hal and Guy.
  • Robin got a new costume. They traded in his pixie boots and short shorts for ninja toe boots and long green tights. He also got a black cape with a yellow lining possibly to blend in better in the dark.
  • Deathstroke, notable villain in Teen Titans, became an anti-hero in his own comic book. His first issue found him escorting Miss Tribb, his fourth-grade teacher. He had to resist his impulse to kill those from his youth who brought him misery and protect Tribb in a comedic romp through the country side.

The Truth about 1988:

Pete Ross wasn’t the Smallville resident who was spying for the Manhunters. It was really Lana Lang.

Now it’s time for 2 Truths/1 Lie. The year is 1989:

  • Less than a year after the readers killed Jason Todd off, DC introduced Tim Drake, in a story called “Year Three”. In a story called “A Lonely Place of Dying”, Tim deduced both Batman and Nightwing’s identities and earn his pixie boots.
  • Barbara Gordan’s career as a super hero wasn’t over after Joker had shot her. In the pages of The Secret Six, she first appeared as Oracle, an informational guru, specializing in the hero set.
  • Coming out of the pages of Justice League International, a set of Superheroes made camp in Paris in the pages of Justice League Europe. The team was made up of Red Rocket, the Flash, Power Girl, Metamorpho, Captian Atom, and Elongated Man. Animal Man and Wonder Woman were temporary members. 

The Truth about 1987:

It was Vibe and Steel who didn’t live on to see the new Justice League. Although Gypsy and Vixen didn’t make the cut, they were at least still alive.

Now for 2 Truths/1 Lie. The Year is 1988:

  • Batman: The Killing Joke was released. Not only did it give a more detailed origin for The Joker than ever before, it also changed the life of Barbara Gordan when The Joker shot her and paralyzed her.
  • Keeping with the annual crossovers that started with Crisis on Infinite Earths, DC published Millennium. In this event, the Manhunters, Space’s Police Force before the Green Lantern Corp, set their sights on Earth. They planted spies (both volunteered and mind controlled) amongst Earth’s citizens, including Superman’s Smallville best friend, Pete Ross, and Flash’s Father, Rudolph West. In the end, Earth’s Heroes prevailed with help from the New Gaurdians.
  • Jason Todd’s life hung in the balance as readers voted on if he would survived the A Death In The Family storyline. He didn’t. He was beat to death by The Joker with a crowbar and then the building blew up. This became Batman’s greatest failure and haunted him for years.
Do to craziness at work and a surprise (but very welcomed) visitor I forgot to post DC History last week. And unfortunately work is still crazy. So I will have to postpone this week’s DC History as well.
However I’m going to try and get to year 2014 by the end of this year. So not only will you get a DC History every Thursday as normal but you’ll also get some surprise DC Histories on any given random day.

Do to craziness at work and a surprise (but very welcomed) visitor I forgot to post DC History last week. And unfortunately work is still crazy. So I will have to postpone this week’s DC History as well.

However I’m going to try and get to year 2014 by the end of this year. So not only will you get a DC History every Thursday as normal but you’ll also get some surprise DC Histories on any given random day.

The Truth about 1986:

Superman was revamped but Zod wasn’t introduced in the issue. That was the end of the movie, Man of Steel.

Now for 2 Truths/1 Lie. The Year is 1987:

  • The Justice League of America title wasn’t doing so hot and was in need of a makeover. So the current JLA who was comprised of mostly minor characters (that’s what the book says but Gypsy, Vibe, Steel, and Vixen are all major to me) against Professor Ivo. This match ended with the deaths of Gypsy and Vixen also also the current incarnation of the JLA.
  • With the old JLA gone, the new Justice League took their place. The book went a different path than grim and gritty like Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and the many of imitators. This book was like a Superhero sitcom. The teams first roster included: Martian Manhunter, Black Canary, Captain Marvel, Batman, Guy Gardner, Dr. Fate, Mr. Miracle, Dr. Light and Blue Beetle with Fire and Ice joining later and all backed by the manipulative Maxwell Lord.
  • On a quest to stop the terrorist Qayin, Batman made a truce with Ra’s al Ghul. During this time Batman gave into his feelings with Talia, Ra’s daughter. However when the truce ended Batman went on his way and Talia found out that she was pregnant with his son, Damian in the book Batman: Son of the Demon.

The Truth about 1985:

The Black Mercy’s vision wasn’t one about a peaceful life on Earth with Lois but a peaceful life on Krypton with a wife and child.

Now for 2 Truths/1 Lie. The Year is 1986:

  • Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight came out showing a harder, darker, grittier Batman than the Batman the became somewhat of a father figure to Dick and Jason. Miller’s Batman was older and gray. The story showcased his fight to the death with Joker, his partnership with a new female Robin, and a pivotal battle between him and Superman.
  • Alan Moore’s Watchmen also came out. Originally Moore meant to use the characters from Charlton Comics (like Blue Beetle and Captain Atom) but DC had other plans for them. Moore told the story of the obsessed Rorschach investigating the murder of his old teammate The Comedian and a conspiracy that unravels to both save the world and damn it.
  • Superman was revamped in the title Man of Steel. His past of being Superboy and His dog Krypto were both taken away from his history. The issue also introduced Zod and their battle not only destroyed half of Metropolis it also ended with Zod’s death.

The Truth about 1984:

Vixen wasn’t introduced in Justice League of America Annual 2, like Vibe, Gypsy, and the 2nd generation hero Steel. She was introduced in Action Comics 521.

Now for 2 Truths/1 Lie. The year is 1985:

  • For the 50th issue of Tales of the Teen Titans, Donna Troy gets married to mortal Terry Long. The wedding, in which all of the Teen Titans, past and present, attended, went off without villains, death, or despair interrupting it.
  • Superman Annual 11 tells the tale of Superman falling victim to the Black Mercy, a rare alien plant that puts its victims in a comatose state where they live out their greatest dreams. Superman dreamed of a life married to Lois without the threat of Super Villians. When awoken from his dream, he fines the real culprit behind the Black Mercy, Mongul, fighting Batman, Robin, and Wonder Woman. He joins the fight angry that a near perfect life for him was just an illusion.
  • Black Canary gets an new look. In Detective Comics 554, Dinah Lance trades in her fishnet stockings for shoulder spikes. The look didn’t last for long but there is an action figure of her dressed up in it.

The Truth about 1983:

Jason did have the same backstory as Dick but the lie was that Dick actually didn’t appear as Nightwing until 1984, during the story called The Judas Contract.

Time for 2 Truths/1 Lie. The year is 1984:

  • The Justice League of America gets a roll change when many of it’s more notable character have dropped out. In Justice League of America Annual 2 Aquaman is the only original member left on the team and publicly announces the disbanding of the team much to the shock of the rest of the team. However when Aquaman asks for a full commitment from the other members many can’t commit fully to the team leaving slots for new members. The new members are found in Vibe, Gypsy, the 2nd generation hero Steel and Vixen all of whom are introduced in this issue. 
  • The Teen Titans face betrayal when their newest member Terra reveals herself to be a mole planted by Deathstroke. Dick is the only one to escape the betrayal and with the help of Deathstroke’s son, Jericho, he’s able to save his friends although the battle results in Terra’s death. The Teen Titans still build a monument to her despite her treachery.
  • Earth-2 got a new hero team by the name of Infinity Inc. The Justice Society of America was having a Christmas Even meeting when several young costumed heroes busted in wanting to join their team. Even though the youngsters were sons and daughters of the members of the JSA, the JSA weren’t impressed leaving the youngsters to form their own team that would survive even a world ending crisis.

The Truth about 1982:

It was actually Superman who brought together the Global Guardians. I almost wrote this as the truth because of their bizarre names but I had already written the two truths and wanted to get this posted.

Now for 2 Truths/1 Lie. The Year is my birth year, 1983!

  • Jason Todd was introduced with pretty much the same story as Dick Grayson. Worked in the circus with trapeze-y parents, parents killed by mobster, and Jason wants to fight them. Since Dick became Nightwing this year, he hands over his Robin costume that Jason dons two months after he’s introduced.
  • Batman leaves the Justice League and starts his own team called The Outsiders in a book called Batman and the Outsiders. The first roll included Black Lightning, Katana, Halo, Geo-Force, and Metamorpho.
  • Wonder Woman got an new enemy named Circe. Straight from the pages of Homer’s The Odyssy, Circe appeared in Wonder Woman’s mythos even if Diana wasn’t aware of her presence at first.

The Truth about 1981:

It wasn’t Namor vs Aquaman (although that might have been sweet) but The Hulk and Wonder Woman. Superman fought The Hulk, Wonder Woman fought Spider-man, and then they all fought Dr. Doom and Parasite. 

Now for 2 Truths /1 Lie. The year is 1982:

  • Batman introduced the world to a new superhero team, the Global Guardians. Batman was taking a day off with it was interrupted by the mystical Dr. Mist. Traveling the world and teaming up with Israel’s Seraph, Greece’s Olympian, Denmark’s Little Mermaid, Ireland’s Jack O’Lantern, Brazil’s Green Fury, and Japan’s Rising Sun, Batman was able to bring down the ancient wizard.
  • The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl found Linda Danvers (The Supergirl of the time) in Chicago. She battled a villain named Psi but their rooftop battles only lasted for 23 issues (which is approx.  two years and currently longer than some titles) before it was cancelled.
  • The Teen Titans were gaining in popularity and their rogues gallery got one person bigger with the introduction of Brother Blood. He was a crazy cult leader who would plague our young heroes for years.