Is Batman Marvel Or DC (Batman History Explained)


What we now know as DC Comics was launched in 1934 by businessman Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson.

It was named as The National Allied Publications.

DC was formed when this company, All American Publications, and Detective Comics Inc merged to become a single company.

Batman was one of the characters introduced by DC (at that time called National Comics) in the formative stages of the company. For many years people referred to National Comics as DC because of the DC logo they carried. It was not until 1977 when the company officially changed its name.

DC Introduction

DC Comics is one of the oldest and largest comic book companies in the USA.

They have a large number of characters, including Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.

These key characters, together with a large number of others typically exist in the fictional DC Universe.

DC Superheroes

The DC Superheroes are:

Aquaman, Batgirl, Batman, Batwoman, Black Canary, Cyborg, Firestorm, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, Hawkman, Huntress, Martian Manhunter, Nightwing, Plastic Man, Rip Hunter, Robin, Speedy, Static, Supergirl, Superman, the Atom, the Flash, Vibe, Vixen, White Canary, Wonder Woman, Zatanna, Shazam

DC Teams

DC Teams are:

Justice League, legends of tomorrow, the Green Lantern Corps, the Suicide Squad, the Teen Titans., the Young Justice, justice Society of America.

Supervillains

DC has also its own Supervillains:

Anti-Monitor, Ares, Atlas, Bane, Bizarro, Black Adam. Watchmen, Black Manta, Black Mask, Brainiac, Captain Cold, Carmine Falcone, Catwoman, Circe, Clayface, Cyborg Superman, Darkseid, Deadshot, Deathstroke, Doctor Poison, Doomsday, Fables, Firefly, General Zod, Harley Quinn, Heatwave, Hugo Strange, Killer Croc, Killer Frost, Killer Moth, Lex Luthor, Mad Hatter, Man-Bat, Maxwell Lord, Metallo, Mister Mxyzptlk, Mongul, Mr. Freeze, Parasite, Poison Ivy, Ra’s al Ghul, Red Hood, Reverse-Flash, Sinestro, the Cheetah, the Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler, the Scarecrow, Two-Face, V for Vendetta

Today, DC Comics is a unit within DC Entertainment, which in turn, is a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Global Brands and Experiences Division.

This is a division of Warner Bros, which is a subsidiary of AT&Ts Warner Media. It is quite a complex ownership situation these days.

The Birth of Batman

There is some controversy about exactly who is responsible for Batman, which was launched in 1939.

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Bob Kane had promised DC that he would come up with a new superhero.

It took just one weekend of work for Kane to come up with his draft design for the new character.

Kane was not happy with the design so he called in Bill Finger to take a look at what he had created.

The original Batman design was wearing red tights and had a set of fixed wings on his back.

It was Finger who suggested the black cowl on the head and replacing the wings with a cape.

The whole character of Batman was transformed into the black nocturnal character we now know.

Finger went on to write several early Batman stories, including the origin story.

He was also responsible for the creation or helping the creation of many of the well-known supporting characters.

However, it was Bob Kane that was remembered as the creator of Batman, thanks to some clever work by his lawyer, who had Kane’s name attached to every Batman publication for decades.

Bill Finger was never really given any credit for the huge amount of work that he did.

Kane insisted that nobody else but him had been responsible for creating Batman, and he carried on that claim until his death.

In the 1960s, Finger, who wanted the truth to be known, published an open letter to Batman fans, explaining that he had played a major role in the creation of Batman.

Kane responded with a statement calling Finger’s claims “hogwash” and restating that he was the sole creator of Batman.

Kane even went so far as to fake a sketch of Batman, that he was supposed to have made in his teens.

Kane lived a wealthy lifestyle until his death, while Bill Finger died penniless and alone in his apartment at the age of 59, in 1974.

In 2012, Marc Tyler Nobleman, an author, published a book called, “Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman.”

This book told the whole story and was the beginning of setting the record straight.

Unfortunately too late for Bill Finger to see.

Finally, when the movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” was released, we, at last, saw Bill Finger given screen credits, alongside Kane.

Making a Comic

Reading the last section may make you wonder how Comic Book companies bring a character to life and the processes involved in publishing a comic book.

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In 2013 the Group Editor of Batman, Mike Marts was kind enough to explain the process.

Mike Marts is the group Editor responsible for DC Comics’ Batman books.

Typically 14 Batman books are published every month and come under his remit.

Mike is responsible for all of them but will only personally edit a few of them (around 6-8), the others are edited by one of his team.

To create just one of these 14 Batman titles each month, will require a team of around 8 people.

These team members each have a specific function:-

  • The Editor (maybe Mike)
  • An Associate
  • An Assistant
  • A Writer
  • A Penciller
  • An Inker
  • A Colorist
  • A Letterer

The write, usually this is Scott Snyder, and Mike will discuss new stories. His partner (the penciller) Greg Capullo will then have input.

Each Batman title has its writer and penciller team.

The writer and penciller will cooperate, throwing ideas about.

Generally, the team is working on the story for books that will be published six months later.

Five months ahead the team will want the script ready.

Four months ahead the comic will start to be drawn (the target is one page a day).

The book is sent to the print shop around one month ahead of publication.

Sometimes this schedule has to be compressed a bit, but that is the target.

You may be wondering with 14 Batman Titles running how they all keep in sync with storylines.

Well, the teams working on the various titles are all buddies, they talk to one another and throw ideas at each other.

The editor of each title must ensure he knows what is going on with the other titles, and in that way, they remain in sync.

DC does have longer-running story arcs and the individual editors all fit into that overall direction.

It has to be said though, that it is quite normal for a story arc to look very different from what was planned when they get to the end of it.

A story arc will typically last for around 11 issues.

Editors do have the freedom to make small changes in each title but if a major decision needs to be made, like killing off a character, then the whole team has to have input into the decision.

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So you can see, there is a clear structure within the company and even though there are several Batman titles, they do coordinate, and DC are using the same Batman in all the books.

It is just the way the story is told that differentiates them.

Some of the Best Batman Story Arcs

Batman has been around for such a very long time that it is sometimes hard to read all the available story arcs.

In the last section, we discussed how these Arcs are put together and in this section, we will take a look at some of the best-rated ones that you should not miss.

The Dark Knight Returns

The Dark Knight Returns is set in a different future where Batman, who had retired, is forced to return to Gotham as the place has gone completely downhill.

Not only does he have to face some of the greatest challenges that he has ever imagined, but simultaneously he has to deal with the limitations imposed by old age.

This story arc also features an unmissable Batman v Superman fight.

Batman RIP

Batman RIP was written by Grant Morrison with artist Tony Daniel. In this story arc, we find Batman at his lowest ever.

He is fighting for his sanity and is living on the streets with heroin addiction.

This might seem like the end for the superhero, but Batman just does not know how to quit and he comes through this.

Batman: Under The Red Hood

This story was written by Judd Winnick and takes what may have been the biggest failure in Batman’s career and pokes the wound making it far worse.

A new “Red Hood: has come to Gotham City, There is a new hold over the criminal fraternity with this new character and he causes Batman major headaches.

To make matters worse the new villain has a secret identity that will completely shock Batman when it is exposed. This story turns out to be gripping and one of the Best Batman stories ever told.

Conclusion

I hope this article about Batman has helped you understand the way that DC makes these stories of Batman work so well, tying in various comic books so that they do not contradict each other during each story arc.

Mojmir Trefulka

Fascinated with Superheroes since childhood. I'm 35 years old and I'm from the Czech Republic – a small country in the middle of Europe. I love comic books and superhero movies. Superheroes are my passion for a very long time and I love writing about them – let's have fun together.

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