DC Comics, the iconic publisher of superhero comics, has been entertaining fans for over 80 years with its cast of legendary characters. From the Man of Steel to the Dark Knight, DC has created some of the most recognizable and beloved superheroes of all time. But there’s much more to DC than just caped crusaders and superpowers. So, grab your cape and cowl and get ready to discover 30 DC Comics facts that will take you on a journey through the world of comic book history!
1-10 Fun Facts About DC Comics
1. The acronym “DC” in “DC Comics” actually stands for “Detective Comics,” so the full name would technically be “Detective Comics Comics.”
2. When Superman is in his Clark Kent disguise, he deliberately slouches, wears baggy clothes, changes his voice pitch, and wears glasses that alter the color of his eyes to conceal his true identity.
3. Believe it or not, there is actually a type of kryptonite called pink kryptonite that can turn Superman gay!
4. In the early days of Batman, he didn’t have his “no-kill” policy and was known to kill villains if necessary.
5. The kryptonite ring worn by Lex Luthor eventually gave him cancer, which led to the amputation of his right hand.
6. In a 1981 comic book crossover, despite the Hulk’s brute strength, he manages to lose to Batman.
7. Gotham City, the home of Batman, was first named as such in “Batman #4” in 1940. Before that, Batman lived in either Metropolis or New York.
8. In the DC universe, it was revealed in “Teen Titans: The Lost Annual #1” that John F. Kennedy wasn’t assassinated but abducted by aliens to fight a tyrannical extraterrestrial government.
9. One of DC Comics’ more bizarre creations was a hero named Dog Welder, whose strategy was to weld dead dogs to people’s faces.
10. Earth-23 is a planet in the DC Multiverse that is predominantly inhabited by black versions of DC characters. On this planet, Black Superman was modeled after Barack Obama, and Wonder Woman after Beyoncé Knowles.
11-20 Interesting Facts About DC Comics
11. Hawkeye is the only character who is a member of both the Avengers and the Justice League.
12. In a crossover comic book special called “Batman/Captain America,” The Joker steals an atomic bomb after being hired by Red Skull, but when he finds out that Red Skull is a Nazi, he attacks him while declaring his loyalty to America.
13. At one point, The Joker served as the Iranian ambassador to the United Nations.
14. The Joker was originally intended to die in his second appearance, but editor Whitney Ellsworth saw potential in the character and saved him from an early demise.
15. The earliest Superman stories depicted him as a bald megalomaniac.
16. The Flash once displayed an impressive feat of power by saving a group of people from a burning building, teaching himself how to build a complex, and constructing a new place for them to live, all within minutes.
17. There was once a disagreement between DC and artist Paul Smith over Wonder Woman’s pants in a comic project. DC insisted on using her 90s design, while Smith wanted to use his original design.
18. Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston also invented an early version of the lie detector, which may have inspired the Lasso of Truth.
19. Batman once fought a villain made of marijuana named the Floronic Man.
20. Ben Affleck played both Batman in “Batman v Superman” and George Reeves, the actor who played Superman in the 1950s, in the movie “Hollywoodland.”
21-30 Insane Facts About DC Comics
21. In the comics, Barry Allen’s recorded speed is nearly 13 trillion times faster than the speed of light.
22. After seeming to die in Crisis on Infinite Earths, Barry Allen ran to the Marvel Universe and beat Quicksilver in a race.
23. Believe it or not, Gotham City was actually named after a small jewelry store located in New York City.
24. In the DC Universe, Santa Claus breaches Apokolips’ defense systems every year just to give Darkseid his lump of coal.
25. Batman’s first words to Catwoman were “Quiet or papa spank,” when he revealed her disguise.
26. Robin’s (Jason Todd) death in the comics was the result of a call-in poll where fans voted to kill him off. However, it was later revealed that a few hundred votes were all from one person, and Jason would have lived if not for that.
27. Power Girl’s large breast size was a result of an artist drawing them larger in each issue, waiting for the editors to notice. It took seven issues for them to notice, and they remained the same size ever since.
28. The US government requested that Kryptonite be removed from Superman stories in the 1940s as they didn’t want the audience to take the threat of radioactive elements lightly.
29. David Bowie was considered for the role of the Joker in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman film. Although Jack Nicholson got the part, some Batman comic artists still based their drawings of the Joker on David Bowie.
30. While Batman’s gadgets and Batmobile showcase his wealth, he is not actually the wealthiest hero in the DC Universe – that title belongs to Aquaman.
That’s it for this post guys, I hope you had fun while reading 30 Interesting DC Comics Facts.