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June 6, 2011

DC Editors Say the Darndest Things

Filed under: Blurbs — Chris Eckert @ 2:20 pm

DC has been issuing press releases left and right lately, hyping up their Big Overhaul in September. I’m sure their press department is working like mad, but some really goofy things have slipped out as a result. For instance!

On the subject of the oft-delayed Batwoman #1:

It’s very important in several different ways […] this is also the first time that we have a superhero title from a major publisher that features a lesbian protagonist.

You know, except for this lesbian Batwoman being the star of Detective Comics in 2009-2010. Or Rene Montoya being a main protagonist in Gotham Central, 52, The Crime Bible, and Final Crisis Revelations from 2003-2010. Or Holly Robinson taking the title role in Catwoman in 2006. Or Maggie Sawyer taking center stage in the 1994 mini-series Metropolis S.C.U. That’s not even counting team books: X-Men Legacy, Darkhold, Young Heroes in Love, Runaways, New Mutants, Dark Avengers, Shadow Cabinet, Heroes, Blood Syndicate, Legion of Super Heroes, Guardians of the Galaxy all featured (or feature currently) lesbians in their ensemble.

This isn’t even the first time DC has published a comic that featured this specific lesbian protagonist. We are into Year Five of DC touting Batwoman as their First Lesbian Superhero Ever. I understand that the statement “this is the first time that DC Comics has published an ongoing series with the name of a specifically lesbian — not LGBT, we’re talking strictly straight up lesbians here — character in the title where the titular lesbian is the titular character starting with the first issue” is not as attention grabbing. Sometimes you need to add a little razzle-dazzle to the press releases. But this?

In the first BATMAN #1 since 1930, New York Times bestselling writer Scott Snyder teams up with superstar artist Greg Capullo in his DC Comics debut!

I’ll allow the “first BATMAN #1” thing since presumably they’re talking a book explicitly called Batman, thus disqualifying All-Star Batman & Robin #1, Batman & Robin #1, Batman Confidential #1, Batman: The Dark Knight #1, Batman Incorporated #1, Batman & the Outsiders #1 or Batman: Streets of Gotham #1,all of which have been Batman #1s in the past five years. And that’s not even counting the several dozen Batman Is In Some Sort of Mini-Series #1s that have been released in that same timespan. That’s a pedantic complaint, though I do remember them creatively touting Legends of the Dark Knight #1 as “THE FIRST NEW “SOLO” BATMAN BOOK SINCE 1940!” so that they could conveniently ignore #1s like Batman Family and Batman & the Outsiders.

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And that’s the thing: Batman #1 came out in 1940. DC’s big press release says 1930. It’s a simple typo, but when you’re trying to drum up excitement about a historical event in the history of your very historical and famous superhero property, figuring out things like “how long has he been around?” seems like a good thing to get right.

Go check the first quote’s link: IGN.com apparently did their own factchecking and correctly say that the last Batman #1 was in 1940. But DC’s official blog still has the wrong year. It’s too bad they disabled comments, otherwise someone might have pointed this out to them!

3 Comments »

  1. The New DC. There’s no stopping us now.

    Please. Someone. Anyone. Stop them.

    Comment by Dan Coyle — June 16, 2011 @ 2:32 am

  2. Haven’t they kept up with the news about these bloggers?

    Like Rucka, plenty of straight white nerds LOVE to play lesbian. Makes them feel ethically all right with expressing their insecure heterosexuality, and plus, they don’t feel “gay” (like those other guys in high school were always calling them!) while writing female characters.

    Because THESE female characters, shapely feminine ones, like to hang out in bed with other femmes wearing perfect makeup and clutching sheets to their breasts, and passionately make out with each other in public! Like real lesbians!

    It’s progressive, don’t ya know!

    Men are so funny.

    Comment by Rx Dumas — June 18, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

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