DC Comics A Visual History Updated Edition

History of the DC Cinematic Universe:

1930’s: Motion pictures buoyed by the coming of sound, entered a golden age Pulp magazines ruled printed entertainment and with stars like the Shadow and the Phantom Detective, provided templates for the comic book super heroes to come. The pulps influenced artists such as Batman creator Bob Kane and employed future DC editors including Harry Donenfeld and Jack Schiff.

1940’s: The popular culture of the 1940 reflected the reality of global conflict. Comic books followed suit as they entered their Golden Age. Riding high on a wave of popularity generated by the debuts of Superman and Batman, DC comics matured from a publisher of standalone stories into the caretaker of a shared universe. Towards this year in 1944, George Lucas was born after the WWII.

1950’s: Toward the middle of the decade a long-simmering public debate over comic books and their influence on American youth became to a boil. The Comics Code Authority put an end to the excesses of horror and crime comics, sending a clear signal to the industry that comics were supposed to be God-fearing, anti-Communist and family-friendly. The 1950 that we know all know — the half-decade of “Duck and Cover”, Sputnik, DiMaggio, Marilyn and the birth of rock’n’roll was in full swing.

1960’s: A continuation of the conservative ways of the 1950’s characterized the early 1960s with young Baby Boomers inhabiting a flawed but nonetheless optimistic world. The Beatles and other pop stars influenced the younger generation’s tastes and attitudes, while TV and other media encouraged new fashion, radical lifestyle and independent thought. As a result the late 1960s gave rise to a counterculture that challenged that status quo and sought to change a world riven by social unrest and the violation of civil rights.

1970’s: As DC Comics entered its Bronze Age, it was immersed in its own identity crisis, which continued throughout the 1970 despite the fact that the company titles were at their most innovative and socially relevant. There were progressive titles like Green Lantern/Green Arrow and the revamping of icons like Batman and Superman, while “King of Comics” Jack Kurby wrote as well as illustrated his Fourth World series comprising The Forever People, Mister Miracle and New Gods. Thankfully the decade’s youth eventually moved away from rebelling against the past and began building a better tomorrow.

1980’s: was a time of inspiration and experimentation and DC Comics blazed the trail like no other major publisher of the time. DC had already released its first miniseries World of Krypton in 1979 and the resultant success inspired more. Right at the start the of decade writers like Marv Wolfman were already lending a sophisticated ear for dialog to their children heroes.

1990’s: During the height of comic boom, certain titles sold in the millions. Comic writers and artist left titles if sales dipped below 100,000 readers. Like it or not, there was something about the trends of the day that worked and DC Comics soon found itself indulging from time to time in a quick sales gimmick or an eye catching cover enhancement.

2000’s: The movie Batman Begins and The Dark Knight smashed box office records and Smallville became one of the longest running sci-fi TV shows, making comics a biger part of mainstream popular culture than ever before — with DC iconic stars taking the center stage. During this year, it shooked the way how most people think nowadays!

2010’s: It was time for DC Comics to evolve. After years of successful movies, animated and live-action television series and merchandising that kept ahead of even the most dedicated collectors, DC decided it was in need of rebranding on a global level to help better encompass its various endeavours. Publisher Paul Levitz stepped down making way for new Co-Publishers Dan Didio and Jim Lee. It was this year, people are taking huge step on social media gossiping, abusing each other’s language and taking orientation as superior or inferior to another!

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