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31st Dec '15 1:57:49 AM Anddrix
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* SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}}
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* SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}}Lobo
29th Dec '15 2:21:07 PM Anddrix
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* SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor
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* SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthorComicBook/LexLuthor
28th Dec '15 7:35:28 AM Anddrix
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* ComicBook/{{Deadman}}
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* ComicBook/{{Deadman}}Deadman
26th Dec '15 9:22:12 PM nombretomado
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*** Though in this case, things were [[{{Retcon}} retconned]] twice. The first time, it had been revealed that the Golden Age characters lived on [[AlternateUniverse Earth-2]], while {{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}} characters lived on Earth-1.\\\
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*** Though in this case, things were [[{{Retcon}} retconned]] twice. The first time, it had been revealed that the Golden Age characters lived on [[AlternateUniverse Earth-2]], while {{the UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}} characters lived on Earth-1.\\\
26th Dec '15 11:46:09 AM nombretomado
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* {{Elseworld}}: The TropeNamer. During the '90s and early '00s, DC's {{Elseworld}}s imprint showcased a great many "what if" tales that carried on the tradition of SilverAge "imaginary stories"; the best-known was ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''. Since TheMultiverse was brought back, many of these have become full-fledged {{Alternate Universe}}s.
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* {{Elseworld}}: The TropeNamer. During the '90s and early '00s, DC's {{Elseworld}}s imprint showcased a great many "what if" tales that carried on the tradition of SilverAge [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] "imaginary stories"; the best-known was ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''. Since TheMultiverse was brought back, many of these have become full-fledged {{Alternate Universe}}s.

** DC Comics created several characters during UsefulNotes/{{the Golden Age|OfComicBooks}}, but by the end of WWII the interest in superheroes died down, and most titles (except Superman and Batman) were closed or moved to other genres. The [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] began with the relaunch of Flash... besides the name and the speed, Barry Allen had nothing in common with Jay Garrick. The same thing was done with Franchise/GreenLantern, Comicbook/{{Hawkman}}, and others. But the prize goes to Comicbook/TheAtom, who went from a rough-and-tumble boxer who was kinda short to a physicist who could shrink to subatomic size.
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** DC Comics created several characters during UsefulNotes/{{the Golden Age|OfComicBooks}}, but by the end of WWII the interest in superheroes died down, and most titles (except Superman and Batman) were closed or moved to other genres. The [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks UsefulNotes/{{The Silver Age]] Age|of Comic Books}} began with the relaunch of Flash... besides the name and the speed, Barry Allen had nothing in common with Jay Garrick. The same thing was done with Franchise/GreenLantern, Comicbook/{{Hawkman}}, and others. But the prize goes to Comicbook/TheAtom, who went from a rough-and-tumble boxer who was kinda short to a physicist who could shrink to subatomic size.
15th Nov '15 12:05:36 PM nombretomado
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* {{Flanderization}}: In 1983, Batman quit the [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]] and created a new team called the Outsiders after Superman saying he would not lead the League in saving Lucius Fox from being a hostage in a far away country for diplomatic reasons, and this lead to a dynamic within the DC Multiverse wherein Batman would be portrayed as a maverick and Superman a boy scout. While they patched things up later that year, 1986's ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' (which took place in a possible future) made Batman the ultimate outlaw anti-hero, and Superman a tool for the RonaldReagan of every political cartoon of the '80s. In the revised DC Universe, DC ran with this dynamic of Superman and Batman being at odds for about a decade before it just kind-of ran out of steam, though the recent ''Batman/Superman'' title and other Comicbook/{{New 52}} material revisited it.
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* {{Flanderization}}: In 1983, Batman quit the [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]] and created a new team called the Outsiders after Superman saying he would not lead the League in saving Lucius Fox from being a hostage in a far away country for diplomatic reasons, and this lead to a dynamic within the DC Multiverse wherein Batman would be portrayed as a maverick and Superman a boy scout. While they patched things up later that year, 1986's ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' (which took place in a possible future) made Batman the ultimate outlaw anti-hero, and Superman a tool for the RonaldReagan UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan of every political cartoon of the '80s. In the revised DC Universe, DC ran with this dynamic of Superman and Batman being at odds for about a decade before it just kind-of ran out of steam, though the recent ''Batman/Superman'' title and other Comicbook/{{New 52}} material revisited it.
18th Oct '15 2:58:21 AM Anddrix
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* ComicBook/TheRiddler
17th Oct '15 11:24:09 AM Anddrix
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* SelfDemonstrating/{{Sinestro}}
14th Oct '15 4:23:28 PM StFan
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* ResurrectionMan
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* ResurrectionManComicBook/ResurrectionMan
8th Oct '15 6:37:27 PM nombretomado
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The DC Universe is primarily responsible for establishing the concept of the super-hero in popular culture, with Franchise/{{Batman}}, Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman as some of their oldest and most popular characters. Their introduction of the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII was also the first real super-hero team book, using the [[CrossOver cross-over]] to establish the first shared universe in comics history. Their massive early popularity was stunted by the invention of UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode which nearly killed the industry, and many of the [[{{Bowdlerise}} bowdlerised]] stories from this era are responsible for several negative stereotypes about the medium. There was a revival in the late fifties and early sixties with the creation of newer more imaginative updates of characters like Franchise/GreenLantern and Franchise/TheFlash, leading to DC's biggest characters forming the [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]]. To explain the difference in continuity, they established a {{Multiverse}} with the different versions of the heroes occupying different worlds. The popularity of this team book also inspired Creator/MarvelComics to publish their own team book ComicBook/FantasticFour, leading into an era of more maturely written super-hero stories dealing with the development of characters and more serious problems.
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The DC Universe is primarily responsible for establishing the concept of the super-hero in popular culture, with Franchise/{{Batman}}, Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman as some of their oldest and most popular characters. Their introduction of the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII was also the first real super-hero team book, using the [[CrossOver cross-over]] to establish the first shared universe in comics history. Their massive early popularity was stunted by the invention of UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode which nearly killed the industry, and many of the [[{{Bowdlerise}} bowdlerised]] stories from this era are responsible for several negative stereotypes about the medium. There was a revival in the late fifties and early sixties with the creation of newer more imaginative updates of characters like Franchise/GreenLantern and Franchise/TheFlash, leading to DC's biggest characters forming the [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]]. To explain the difference in continuity, they established a {{Multiverse}} with the different versions of the heroes occupying different worlds. The popularity of this team book also inspired Creator/MarvelComics to publish their own team book ComicBook/FantasticFour, leading into an era of more maturely written super-hero stories dealing with the development of characters and more serious problems.

* KilledOffForReal: Many DC characters that have died were thought to come back after ''Comicbook/BlackestNight''. While [[ComicBook/BrightestDay 12 random people were brought back to life]], many more stayed dead. Examples are [[ComicBook/IdentityCrisis Sue Dibny]], [[JusticeSocietyOfAmerica Johnny Quick (Johnny Chambers)]], TheQuestion [[ComicBook/FiftyTwo (Charles Victor Szasz)]], the ComicBook/ElongatedMan (Ralph Dibny), Eclipso (Jean Loring), [[TheFlash Mirror Master I (Samuel Joseph Scudder)]], [[JusticeSocietyOfAmerica Doctor Mid-Nite I (Charles M. McNider), Sandman (Wesley Dodds), Mister Terrific I (Terry Sloane), Damage (Grant Emerson)]], [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Kal-L (Earth 2)]], and many more not listed here.
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* KilledOffForReal: Many DC characters that have died were thought to come back after ''Comicbook/BlackestNight''. While [[ComicBook/BrightestDay 12 random people were brought back to life]], many more stayed dead. Examples are [[ComicBook/IdentityCrisis Sue Dibny]], [[JusticeSocietyOfAmerica [[ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica Johnny Quick (Johnny Chambers)]], TheQuestion ComicBook/TheQuestion [[ComicBook/FiftyTwo (Charles Victor Szasz)]], the ComicBook/ElongatedMan (Ralph Dibny), Eclipso (Jean Loring), [[TheFlash Mirror Master I (Samuel Joseph Scudder)]], [[JusticeSocietyOfAmerica [[ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica Doctor Mid-Nite I (Charles M. McNider), Sandman (Wesley Dodds), Mister Terrific I (Terry Sloane), Damage (Grant Emerson)]], [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Kal-L (Earth 2)]], and many more not listed here.

* RememberTheNewGuy: DC Comics had several heroes that were created in the 70's and 80's, but were established as having been active during the 40's. Among them were Amazing-Man (chronologically, one of the earliest black superheroes) and [[{{Steel}} Commander Steel]], both of whom were established as having fought alongside the members of the [[JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA]].
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* RememberTheNewGuy: DC Comics had several heroes that were created in the 70's and 80's, but were established as having been active during the 40's. Among them were Amazing-Man (chronologically, one of the earliest black superheroes) and [[{{Steel}} Commander Steel]], both of whom were established as having fought alongside the members of the [[JusticeSocietyOfAmerica [[ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA]].
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