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Favorite DC characters?

Discussion in 'General Hobbies and Interests' started by Matharis5891, Apr 25, 2015.

  1. Matharis5891

    Matharis5891 Open Mind

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    I saw a thread for Marvel, but what about the other titan? So let's discuss our favorite heroes from DC comics!!

    This probably going to be a popular answer in here, but Batman. The thing I love about Batman is that he is a man. Granted he is an unimaginably rich man with a physique of absolute human perfection. His mind is one of the most brilliant in the DC universe, but also one of the most damaged. The trauma he suffered seeing his parents viciously gunned down broke that little boys mind and consumed him with anger, and an unquenchable thirst to stop this injustice from ever occurring again to anyone. So he leaves and trains in the worlds most secret and deadly martial arts, and uses his vast (seemingly endless) fortune to wage his one man war. But what intrigues me most about his character is the stages of evolution he has gone through in his 75 year history. When he began in Detective Comics #27 in 1939 he carried the bare essentials a lockpick set, flashlight, and a gun. The gun was taken away by the time Robin came into the picture. But in his early adventures he had no issues with killing and even went as far as far as hanging a man from his plane. In 1954 a book is released with the title "Seduction of the Innocent" in the book the author describes Batman and Robin's relationship as homosexual. This creates outrage from parents, and the Comics Code Authority is born. During this time Batman's stories becam much light fare, and had him doing strange things like going into space, and wearing multicolored costumes. This of course led to Batman the TV series. In 1966 Adam West and Burt Ward donned the tights and took Batman's campy 50's adventures to audiences at home. For many this was their first exposure to Batman. It was a critical success and over night it became televisions number one show. Flash forward to 1969. A writer named Dennis O'Neil began work with artist Neal Adams to bring Batman "up to date". In my humble opinion this is when Batman was truly made into a serious character. Dennis O'Neil went on to create some of the best Batman stories in his history. Flash forward again to the 80's and Frank Miller further solidifies Batman's new grittier and darker approach with "The Dark Knight Returns" and "Batman: Year One" a few years later. But outside of his rich and colored history I like the approach of this being a story pf mental illness. Let's face it Batman is a paranoid nut job who dresses like a bat, and beats the pulp out of bad guys. But he never crosses that one line. On the reverse we have his rogues. Joker is the antithesis to Batman. Where Batman is order, the Joker is chaos. They are two sides of the same coin. And that has always interested me in Batman is the view on mental illness and how it can twist people into animals.

    A close second for me is Green Lantern.
     
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  2. Dave-W

    Dave-W Welcoming grandchild #7, Arturus Waggoner! Supporter

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    I have been a Superman fan since about age 4 when I saw George Reeves don the red cape on TV. And of course he is the guy that all other comicbook heros are named after:

    SUPER heros.

    I have liked just about everything Supe with the exception of the severe over-run on the tv show Smallville. The series should have ended about 3 or 4 years earlier; put the guy in his blue and reds and let him FLY!!!

    It got complicated in the comics when they had the crises and reboots. So I guess my fave Supe is the silver era: 1955 to about 1980.

    I also liked the silver-era Supergirl, Batman, Green Lantern, Flash and Green Arrow up until Speedy overdosed on heroin.
     
  3. Bobby H

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    I like most DC characters prior to the "New 52" relaunch of 2011. They've been transformed into something not so likable in the years since.
     
  4. Bananagator

    Bananagator Are you pondering what I'm pondering?

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    Nightwing.
    Or I guess just Dick Grayson, since he isn't Nightwing right now :D

    But I am disappointed that the New 52 stripped him of so much of his history :\
     
  5. Westworld

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    I stopped buying my last few DC comics around Identity Crisis and Infinite Crisis. The universe had always had its dark corners, but the tone of the entire line became so negative and those series told me it was time to walk away. My last DC comic was an issue of Booster Gold. It is a real treat, though, to revisit back issues. That's enough for me.
     
  6. Bobby H

    Bobby H Newbie

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    I like to tell people that I still buy Superman every month... in back issues. I am trying to patch up the holes in my collection.

    However, you can make a mistake with back issues sometimes. Today I bought the first issue of the 1988 Green Arrow series by Mike Grell. It was only $1.00. It had a "suggested for mature readers" sticker on it. I regret buying it because of the misusing of Jesus' Name in the comic. Even worse was the fact that a 1988 "Mature readers" title is actually quite tame in comparison to the regular (not mature readers) comics that come out in 2015.

    I threw the comic in the trash. It certainly wasn't worth spending that dollar on.
     
  7. Westworld

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    I plan on going through my collection soon to pare it down and get rid of things I won't read again. A lot of the darker stuff will get sold (and I too have trashed rather than sell a few books I bought in my younger days. They were "mainstream" then but they don't fit with the relationship I have with Christ today).

    Happy hunting for the back issues! That's what I did when I stopped buying new stuff, and I found a lot of good deals online. I've put together some great runs from great eras that I can't wait to read...now I just have to find the time! If you ever want to talk comics, contact me.
     
  8. StrivingforTruth

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    I have been playing some Batman games.

    And find Bane a great character, both physically and mentally.
     
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