March 1937 - October 2011
Issue Count: 883 (All Detective Comics Issues)
The publishing of Action Comics #1 in June 1938 by National Comics Publications may have triggered the Golden Age of comic books but it's still plays little brother to Detective Comics. In March of 1937 Detective Comics #1 would hit newstands and would contain work by several artists and writers including twenty somethings Jerome "Jerry" Siegel and Joe Shuster. These two young men would go on to create Superman, as the world knows him, just fifteen months later as well as a host of other characters for the company.
An interesting side note, Siegel and Shuster had been developing "Superman" since 1933 as a syndicated newspaper strip. They had been unsuccessful selling their idea and had taken to producing content for National. They pitched their current employer the Superman in March of 1938 and agreed to sell all rights for $130. DC Comics would complete their Trinity of Power in December of 1941 with the comic book debut of the Wonder Woman in All Star Comics #8, but THAT is another story!
Detective Comics would become the inspiration for the unofficial name of National referred to as "Superman-DC" comics or just "DC". This would continue from the very early 1940s until the official rebranding of the company as "DC" or "DC Comics" in 1977.
Detective Comics was initially known for the anthology stories produced by the likes of Siegel and Shuster but it would be another young pair of twenty something creators, much like Siegel and Shuster, that would turn the title on its ear in just eleven months after the Man of Steel would debut in Action Comics. In Detective Comics #27, artist, Bob Kane and writer, Bill Finger would produce "The Case of the Chemical Syndicate starring The Bat-man". By issue #35 Batman would be the main cover draw. Three issues later we would be introduced to Robin, the boy Wonder and and the rest, as they say, is history!
DC celebrated Detective Comics issue #1000 in April of 2019. Eighty years as Gotham's Protector but we will have to wait till issues 1027 for Batman's 1000th issue!
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