DC Comics today posted on their new “What’s New in the New 52” (more on that here) this image today with the caption “Joker’s Daughter”
Not sure who the artist is there,
Capullo? It’s Brett Booth.
In the pre-Crisis, pre-52 DCU, there was someone who called themself Joker’s Daughter, Duela Dent.
She wasn’t the Joker’s Daughter but was later revealed to Harvey Dent’s daughter. In the post-Crisis Duela Dent showed up in the Teen Titans books with a different origin. Duela Dent also appeared in Ame-Comi Girls.
So who is this Joker’s Daughter and where will she appear? The Joker was just a focus of a major Batman arc and appears to have been put back on to the toy box for awhile. Will this character let them leverage the Joker name without using the character.
Or will these character be a member of the Earth-2 world. We know that Earth-2 is getting a new Batman. Perhaps this character will be a foil for him? Or perhaps this character could be a foil for Helena Wayne?
Seventy-five years ago today, Action Comics #1 arrived on newsstands. On the cover, of course, was Superman. But inside the issue was the debut of one of the most enduring characters in pop culture and she came out swinging.
From her very first appearance Lois Lane, one of the most memorable moments for women in DC history, became an integral, critical part of the Superman mythos. As readers read that first story and saw this strange man do amazing things, Lois plays a stand-in for the reader as Superman calms her concerns.
But Lois Lane would do much more that just be a stand-in for the reader. She would become the model for the modern career woman who reveled in her job and strived to be the best there was in her field regardless of gender.
Lois Lane became short hand for aggressive reporter and I know she’s a big reason why I went to Journalism school. And she was also, after Batgirl, what drew me to DC Comics. In fact, when I started this blog she was the very first character I wrote a post about.
To celebrate her 75th Anniversary, I reached out to a number of her creators to see if they’d be willing to talk about Lois Lane. The responses were fast and enthusiastic. Everyone wanted to talk about Lois. I’m going to start posting these interviews today. And don’t forget to participate in the Lois Lane Event on Twitter this evening! And if you have a love for Lois, the wonderful “Women Write About Comics” site is running a blogging carnival to celebrate Lois’ anniversary. If you have a desire to write about Lois drop them a note.
I think it’s beyond fair to say that Lois Lane is one of DC Comics most well known female characters having appeared in books, multiple movies, multiple television shows, books and even Broadway in addition to comics. I look forward to seeing what DC has planned to celebrate her anniversary.
Now available for your listening pleasure is a new 3 Chicks Review Comics podcast. So soon you ask? Due to travel and cons, Kelly and I are giving you two in a row and then heading on a bit of hiatus.
This week we spoke to two creators from Action Lab Comics who are focusing on the all ages market. Jamal Igle of Molly Danger and Jeremy Whitley of Princeless talk about the importance of all ages content and the challenges and rewards of selling that content in the direct market.We also review two comics and this week its one each from the big two!
And we end with our usual chit chat about the strange world of superhero comics!
So please stop by and give us a listen! And feel free to leave us comments!
… because it doesn’t seem like DC wants to.
This Thursday, April 18, marks 75 years since the first issue of Action Comics #1 hit the newstand. On the cover of that comic is a character you’re going to be hearing a lot about this year - Superman. But there was another character in that issue. A character whose name is known around the world. Who has appeared in almost every media adaption starring Superman. A character who is synonymous with hard nosed reporter. Not girl reporter. Reporter.
That character is Lois Lane.
Right now DC Comics has announced no plans to celebrate this anniversary. There are no special Lois Lane comics solicited. No Lois Lane anniversary memorabilia being offered. And while there will be a set of anniversary variant covers for the upcoming Scott Snyder/Jim Lee Superman Unchained series, there will be covers for Superman and for Lex Luthor but no cover for Lois Lane. She “might” get a cover with Perry White and Jimmy Olsen, according to Lee.
Seventy-five years of comic, movie, radio, book, Broadway and TV appearances and all that we’ve heard is she might be getting a joint cover with two characters who arrived to the Superman mythos long after she did. This despite a big budget movie with Amy Adams playing the character arriving in June.
Do you think that makes sense? Do you think that is right? I certainly don’t.
We can hope that DC has something to celebrate Lois Lane. But rather than waiting to hear or see that, why not tell them you want to see something for her 75th anniversary?
And here is a good way. On Thursday you can use Twitter to help tell DC Comics and Warner Bros. you want to see Lois Lane’s 75th anniversary recognized. You can find out all the details here. I’m going to be Tweeting and I hope others will too.
I’ll be celebrating her 75th anniversary over the next weeks with some interviews with her creators and Superman historians.
DC Comics has made available the preview of Wonder Woman #19 and we see some suggested names for Zola’s baby.
Hmm, Steve. What do you think of that?
The Art of Amanda Conner is an overview of her career and covers her art from other publishers including DC.
Kelly and I had fun chat with artist Kris Anka who recently redesigned both Storm and Psylock’s costumes for Marvel. We talk about what makes a great costume and his process for design.
We also review two books - a last issue and a first issue - Glory # 34 and Polarity #1. You might want to pick both up.
We also talk about the 75th anniversary of Lois Lane and what DC should do. And we also ask for you suggestions for “Chick of the Week”!
So please head over to CBR and give us listen and as always leave a comment if you can!
Next week PBS will air Wonder Women! The Untold Story of America’s Superheroines that looks at the history, and more importantly, the legacy of Wonder Woman.
I viewed the documentary a few weeks ago and it is a powerful piece that shows why heroic characters like Wonder Woman are so important to society and to young girls and women. It includes interviews with Gloria Steinem, Lynda Carter, Gail Simone and Trina Robbins among others as well as everyday women who have been inspired by the character.
The project has been a labor of love over many years for the film’s director Kristy Guevara-Flanagan. I’ve touched base with her over the years as she’s been funding, creating and showing the film around the country. With the film about to debut to a television audience, she took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to talk about the project.
It’s a Gail Simone day in comics. If you pop up to USA Today you can see a preview of Batgirl #19 including the WTF cover as well as a tease regarding the secret of Barbara Gordon’s roommate, Alysia
And Dynamite has released more variant covers for her upcoming Red Sonja ongoing by Jenny Frison, Amanda Conner and Stephanie Buscema.
If you’ve seen the most recent preview for Iron Man 3 ( and if you haven’t you can watch it below) you know that Tony Stark isn’t the only one wearing the Iron in this movie.
But this wasn’t news to anyone who saw packaging for the Lego sets that tie-in to the movie when the popped up online a few months ago.
But what you might not have seen is the comic that shows, in Lego of course, the scene preceding the trailer scene and shown on the box.
And it is cute.
The rest follows and, of course, proceed with your own caution although I don’t think there is anything spoilerish.
It’s been almost a year since DC teased for FCBD their massive crossover “Trinity Wars” an all out battle of superteams. And it looks like in July that War will be in full swing according to the covers DC has for its three Justice League books that month. The cover also confirms a return that has been speculated for the past year - Vic Sage as the Question as one of the Trinity.
We also see that Dr. Light, not the good one but the rapist, seems to be back in the new 52 as seen in the upper left of the image. Zatanna is also seen, in the upper right of the image, in her new caped costume.
No solicits verbiage yet, but the image makes it clear that this is a War. Why are they at war? Whatever Pandora is holding seems to be a focus. What could it be?
The key to the multiverse?
Batman’s DSS File?
The FATE OF THE WORLD?
What do you think? And are you happy to see Vic again?