The DC Universe. It can be a complicated and sometimes convoluted place. There are hundreds of characters, both heroes and villains, all with rich origins and histories. But after eighty years of stories, the DC Universe doesn’t have the easiest continuity to understand.
Why were classic heroes so violent? Why are there two guys named The Flash? If Superman didn’t become a hero till he was an adult, then how is it he was a member of The Legion of Superheroes as Superboy? And exactly what are the true origin stories of such confusing characters like Hawkman, Wonder Woman, and Captain Marv… er, I mean Shazam?
We will attempt to dissect the beginnings of the ever growing, always evolving and infinitely confusing waters that make up the DC Universe continuity, navigating our way through the DC’s Golden Age, the Silver Age and culminating in the creation of The Multiverse! Join in as My Big Fat Pull List tries “Understanding DC Comics: Part 1 – Crisis of Continuity!
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Links from this Episode:
— My Big Fat Pull List on the Web http://mybigfatpulllist.com
— Mighty Crusaders Podcast Mini Series https://www.2gtdatacore.com/history-of-the-mighty-crusaders-episode-1-all-the-way-with-mlj/
— New Fun Comics #1 https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/New_Fun_Comics_Vol_1_1
— Slam Bradley https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Slam_Bradley
— Action Comics #1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_Comics_1
— Detective Comics #27 https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Detective_Comics_Vol_1_27
— All Star Comics #8 https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/All-Star_Comics_Vol_1_8
— Psycho Pirate https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Psycho-Pirate
— National Comics #1 https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/National_Comics_Vol_1_1
— Whiz Comics https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Whiz_Comics_Vol_1
— Dr. Frederick Wertham https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fredric_Wertham
— Showcase Comics #4 https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Showcase_Vol_1_4
— Imaginary Stories https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Category:Imaginary_Stories
— Our Episode on Elseworlds & What Ifs… https://www.2gtdatacore.com/elseworlds-and-what-ifs/
— Green Lantern Vol 2 #2 https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Green_Lantern_Vol_2_2
— Wonder Woman #59 https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Wonder_Woman_Vol_1_59
— Charlton Comics https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Charlton_Comics
— The Flash #123 https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/The_Flash_Vol_1_123
— The Flash #137 https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/The_Flash_Vol_1_137
— Justice League Of America #21 https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Justice_League_of_America_Vol_1_21
— Justice League Of America #22 https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Justice_League_of_America_Vol_1_22
— Justice League Of America #29 https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Justice_League_of_America_Vol_1_29
— The Crime Syndicate https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Crime_Syndicate
— Green Lantern #40 https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Green_Lantern_Vol_2_40
— New Gods https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/New_Gods
— Uncanny X-Men & New Teen Titans #1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Uncanny_X-Men_and_The_New_Teen_Titans
— The Source Wall https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Source_Wall
— Marv Wolfman http://marvwolfman.com/marv/frontpage.html
— George Perez https://comicvine.gamespot.com/george-perez/4040-2913/
— The New Teen Titans https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/New_Teen_Titans_Vol_1
— New Teen Titans #21 https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/New_Teen_Titans_Vol_1_21
— DC Comics Presents #78 https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/DC_Comics_Presents_Vol_1_78
— The Anti-Monitor https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Anti-Monitor_(Antimatter_Universe)
— Crisis On Infinite Earths https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Crisis_on_Infinite_Earths
Calls to the Audience Inside this Episode:
— Were YOU a fan of the Golden Age stories of DC Comics? We Want To Know!
— What was YOUR favorite era of comics…The Golden Age or The Silver Age? Tell us now!
— What are YOUR thoughts on the pre-Crisis On Infinite Earths continuity? Share YOUR Thoughts With Us!
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Blessed with an overactive imagination, Nick spent his early years absorbing as much pop culture as possible. From comic books to television, films, sci-fi, fantasy, horror – if it was great storytelling, he assimilated it! His fascination with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Marvel Comics X-Men drove him to become an avid reader of all literature and a devoted comic collector at the age of eleven! Even though Nick enjoyed most comic book related material, his deep passion for all things “mutant” led to his alter ego being formed, the Uncanny Mister X! In recent years, Nick has co-founded his own comic book company, Archlight Comics, a film company, Archlight Studios, and has become a skilled podcaster and podcast editor. Mister X has taken all of Nick’s talents and found an outlet for his mad ramblings… the My Big Fat Pull List podcast!
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As his teenage years turned to adulthood, Sean found a deep love for pop culture. Taking part in role-playing games, cosplaying as his favorite characters at conventions, Sean even worked at a comic book shop for over a decade. His need to absorb geek culture and fun facts earned him the nickname Smurphy. A fun-loving and sometimes socially clueless podcaster, Smurphy is eager to pass on all he knows and then some.
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