Monday, September 12, 2011

DC Comics rewrites history

2011: The new issue of Justice League #1.
Copyright: DC Comics

Purists among comic-book fans are in for a surprise, perhaps even a rude shock. DC Comics is rebooting, revising, resettling, reintroducing, whatever you call it, its legendary superheroes as if they never existed—appearing on newsstands and bookstores for the first time ever.

On August 31, DC Comics created history by launching a renumbering of the entire DC Universe line of comic books with 52 first issues. The rejig began with Justice League No.1 that erases fond memories of all previous issues of this popular series.

1960: The original Justice League of America #1. 
Copyright: DC Comics

DC, owned by Time Warner Inc., is not sparing even titles like Action Comics and Detective Comics which gave us Superman and Batman in the 1930s. According to a report in The New York Times, the reason for rewriting history is "A last-ditch plan to counteract years of declining sales throughout the comics business."

You will find the NYT story Heroes Take Flight, Again at

This comic-book story is a real page turner, all right!

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