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DC Comics minifigure showcase: The 1930s
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This is the first in a series of nine minifigure series. In each, I'll show characters from DC Comics' catalog that was introduced in each decade. First off, we have the 1930s!
In 1935, DC Comics was founded by army veteran and pulp writer "Major" Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson. After having written nonfiction for a few years, he got into the comics business inspired by Eastern Color's "Famous Funnies" anthology, which were all reprints of previously published comic strips. He had an idea: to become the first publisher to print comic books with all-new material! And so, in 1935, he founded National Allied Publications, and its first monthly publication was called New Fun Comics (Later More Fun Comics). Over the decade, it would also start New Comics (Later Adventure Comics), and Action Comics. By 1937, the Major had formed another company with Jack Liebowitz, Detective Comics Inc. (which published the Detective Comics series). The two companies would merge in 1946. Another company All-American (founded in 1938) which would publish the Flash, Wonder Woman, and others, would join the company also in 1946. While the books had a diverse range of material, the publisher hit it rich when to Jewish kids from Cleveland sent their story about a man from another planet that wore red and blue tights. This man was Superman. Action comics was so successful (mainly due to Superman) that Superman was DC's first character to get his own dedicated publication (simply called Superman) in 1939. Notably, the same year, artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger created "The Batman." which first ran in issue 27 of Detective Comics. During this decade, many other publishers that would merge with DC started publishing work too. Quality Comics (creators of Plastic Man), Fox Publications (creators of the first Blue Beetle) which would later merge with Charlton Comics, and Fawcett Comics (The creators of Shazam).
All characters by a different publisher that eventually merged with DC will be noted.
Character list:
1st row
Jack Woods (New Fun #1, 1935), appeared on the cover of DC's first publication!
Scribbly (Popular Comics #6, 1936) Originally published by Dell before the character's creator, Sheldon Mayer, moved the character to National in 1939.
Lois Lane (Action Comics #1, 1938) The first superhero love interest! I tried to mix her classic appearance with her modern appearance by giving her jacket a hood. Turned out well!
Superman (Action Comics #1, 1938) His face might be a bit too cheery, but (like with Lois) I tried to modernize his classic appearance a bit. Here I gave him MCU Spider-Man's legs in a brighter color.
Batman (Detective Comics #27, 1939) I gave Batman the elbow length gloves and underwear on the outside, but his torso is his modern design.
Commissioner Gordon (Detective Comics #27, 1939) His appearance is similar to that of the modern Lego sets, but his face is from the Dark Knight trilogy version
Crimson Avenger (Detective Comics #20, 1938)
Jor-El (Superman Comic Strip, 1939) I gave him classic colors, mixed with the white from Marlon Brando from the 1978 movie, with the face of Russell Crowe from Man of Steel.
2nd row
Dr. Occult (New Fun #6, 1935) DC's first hero. While not super, he fought ghosts.
Slam Bradley (Detective Comics #1, 1937) It's so interesting to me that he's in the Batwoman TV show now, but it's just his classic appearance here.
Jimmy Olsen (Action Comics #6, 1938) I gave him his iconic bow tie, with a slightly modernized outfit.
Zatara (Action Comics #1, 1938) The father of Zatanna.
Mr. America/Tex Thompson (Action Comics #1, 1938) Originally an adventurer, his character became a superhero in 1941.
The Blue Beetle (Dan Garrett) (Mystery Men Comics #1, 1939, Fox)
Hop Harrigan (All-American Comics #1) He somehow snagged both a radio and movie serial, despite just being a pilot.
3rd row:
The Sandman (Wesley Dodds) (New York World's Fair Comics #1, 1939)
Different from the famous Neil Gaiman creation of the same name.
Red Tornado (Ma Hunkel) (All-American Comics #3) The first Red Tornado was actually a parody of superheroes of the day, and wore a cooking pot for a helmet.
The Green Mask (Mystery Men Comics #1, Fox)
Doll Man (Feature Comics #27, Quality)
Invisible Hood (Smash Comics #1, Quality)
Ultra-Humanite (Action Comics #13) Originally just a mad scientist, the Ultra-Humanite eventually became a giant white gorilla with a major brain.
The Flame (Wonderworld Comics #3, Fox)
Top row:
Dr. Death (Detective Comics #29, 1939) Batman's very first recurring villain! This appearance is based off of the New 52 comics.
Bozo the Iron Man (Smash Comics #1, Quality)
Mad Monk (Detective Comics #31, 1939) Batman's 2nd recurring villain!
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