DC Comics has a long and storied history dating back to the 1930s. What began as the Golden Age of comics - as it was later termed - soon gave way to the Silver Age, Bronze Age, Copper Age, and then the Modern Age, for comics published after 1992. But even the Modern Age can be broken down based on when the most popular comic book characters, over the years disappearing and reappearing, were re-written for new and younger readers. This happened in 2011’s reboot with the “New 52,” and subsequently with 2016’s “Rebirth” series. With each new era in DC Comics we’ve seen our favorite heroes tinkered with, having origins changed, powers enhanced, or some just taken in an entirely new direction. It's easy to forget what came before in the lives of some of the most iconic heroes, what has remained canon and what has been relegated to an alternate timeline, or universe.
Even the most avid reader could not be faulted for forgetting some minor details mentioned in a Superman comic in 1972, and never recalled again in future issues. Or, perhaps Batman gave up a juicy bit of family history in the early days - say 1946 - yet we never revisited that statement or made reference to it ever again. It is easy for these little nuggets of comic trivia to fall into history and be forgotten. I don’t claim to know them, and this list is by no means all-inclusive. Nevertheless, I give you ten incredible facts that you may have never known about DC Comics and your favorite DC characters.
10 DC Stands for Detective Comics
9 Superman Uses Hypnosis to Keep People From Recognizing Him as Clark Kent?
8 The Green Lantern Corps Has A Very Progressive Anti-Discrimination Policy
7 The Original Green Lantern Was Powerless Against… Wood?
6 Superman Can Hear Every Heartbeat on the Planet
5 In an Alternate Universe, Kal-el Crashes in Gotham and Becomes Batman
Did you ever read Superman: Speeding Bullets? If not, it’s cool. It was a one-shot from back in 1993. It describes a world where Kal-El crashed in Gotham, not Smallville. He is found by Thomas and Martha Wayne, and raised as their son. The couple calls him Bruce. When Thomas and Martha are killed by a mugger, the young Bruce kills the attacker with his heat vision, discovering his powers. He then decides to hide these powers as he is ashamed that he couldn’t use them to save his adopted parents.
4 Only One Lantern Corps Member Has Ever Wielded All Seven Different-Colored Rings At Once
Rings from each of the different colored Lantern Corps are inexplicably drawn to the Green Lantern, Kyle Rayner. Representatives from the different Corps team-up and give chase to reclaim their “stolen” rings. The Guardians intercept Rayner, demanding to know how he could possess all seven rings. Of course, he doesn’t know and Guardians attempt to seize the rings. The rings, all of them, then “choose” Rayner as their official bearer, giving him their power.
3 When They Say The Flash is Fast, They Mean Fast!
2 Batman is Unworthy to be a Green Lantern
1 Superman Has a Naughty Tape!
What!? What?! Oh, yes, I hope you were sitting down for that one! Superman once had his mind-controlled by a villain called Sleez, who tricked our hero into recording a sex tape! It was Action Comics #592 and #593, and Sleez had mental control of the warrior Big Barda, a New God from Apokolips. After having her don a ton of make-up he recorded her dancing dance around in a slinky outfit. Sleez then was able to take control of Superman, and took them both to a film director where the tape was made. It’s unknown exactly what took place on the video but the director is seen remarking that Superman wasn’t displaying any sex appeal and lacked passion in his “scene.” Once freed from the mind control, by Barda’s humiliated husband, Superman claimed his memory was hazy of what transpired. Barda, with her husband by her side, felt it was best to leave it alone and it was never brought up again.
Sources: dccomics.com, superman.wikia.com, buzzfeed.com, thegeektwins.com, greenlantern.wikia.com, superherodb.com, dc.wikia.com, thechive.com, scifi.stackexchange.com, comicvine.gamespot.com.
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