Yes, Superman, there IS a Santa Claus!DC Comics Presents
was a DC Comics
comic book starring Superman
and a series of guest stars in team-up stories
during the Bronze Age
of comics, surviving the mass cancellation of titles known as the "DC Implosion
". The series lasted for 97 issues, a respectable run by modern standards, from 1978 to 1986. It was canceled during DC's first mass relaunch
(after the Crisis on Infinite Earths
) but the Action Comics
series then became the new Superman teamup book for a while.
Notable events from the series:
The New Teen Titans
also launched in this series, but in an insert story where Superman was not involved.
As part of their 2011 relaunch
, the series was brought back this time under the name DC Universe Presents
. It is an anthology series, with each arc featuring a different DC character(s).
Tropes in DC Comics Present include:
- Depending on the Writer: Most of the stories were OK, but some had Superman acting way out of character ex. in his fight with Martian Manhunter.
- Lampshaded in The Spectre issue (#29)- the Spectre calls Superman on his unusually brash behavior in the previous few issues.
- The series had no regular writer or artist, resulting in the style of each issue varying wildly. YMMV on whether that was a good or bad thing.
- The Joy of X (the "Whatever Happened To …" backups)
- The crossover with (the space-based) Starman was basically a wrap-up for his canceled series (in the Anthology series Adventure Comics) -and it featured Mongul too. In fact, given it was drawn by Jim Starlin, it could be considered a homage to Starlin's work on Marvel Comic's Captain Marvel.)
- Plot Tailored to the Party: Given how powerful Superman is (specially Pre-Crisis), some of the stories had to get very creative to justify his needing other heroes' help or being able to fight him.
- Stand Alone Episode: The original series did not have much continuity between issues. Of course, comics were different back then, and the Story Arc and Decompressed Comics were much rarer.
- Team Up Series: Superman teams up with guest stars.