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Danny the Street is a fictional character in the DC Universe; a living, sentient piece of urban geography who can magically and seamlessly place himself in any urban landscape at will, without any disruption to the surrounding environment and freely interact with any other sapient being through various forms of visual printing he can generate at will in his proximity.

Danny the Street
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceDoom Patrol #35 (August 1990)
Created byGrant Morrison
Richard Case
In-story information
SpeciesSentient street
Team affiliationsDoom Patrol
Teen Titans
Notable aliasesDanny the World, Danny the Brick, Danny the Island, Danny the Alley, Danny the Ambulance
AbilitiesTeleportation

He was created by Grant Morrison and Richard Case and first appeared in Doom Patrol #35 (August 1990).[1] His name is a pun on female impersonator Danny La Rue, as "La Rue" is French for "The Street".[2]

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Fictional character biographyEdit

Danny is an actual street. A sentient and sapient stretch of roadway, Danny has long served as a home and haven for the strange and dispossessed. A super hero of sorts, Danny does possess several super powers, the most notable being able to teleport by integrating into a city's geography without causing any damage or disturbance; roads and buildings simply make room for him. Danny does this mostly at night, when no one is looking. Danny travels the globe, and sometimes beyond, happily looking for folks in need of shelter and friendship. Thus, it is possible to turn a corner on the way to work, and find oneself walking down Danny's pleasantly unfamiliar roadway.[citation needed] Danny was once able to teleport into the City Under The Pentagon[3], and can teleport into wildernesses when needed [4] Danny moves from street to street to bring happiness to everyone.

Danny has an unusually flamboyant personality, having the mannerisms of a stereotypical, over-the-top drag performer. Danny cross-dresses: his sidewalks are lined with typically masculine stores (e.g. gun shops and sporting goods stores) which are decorated with frilly pink curtains and lace. Danny speaks with via altering his form, for example putting sentences into the signs in his windows, writing messages on typewriters that are a part of himself, and making letters form out of manhole vapors or broken glass shards. Danny speaks English, heavily flavored with Polari, a largely antiquated form of slang spoken among certain British subcultures, including some of the LGBTQ community. "Bona to vada" ("Good to see you") is Danny's favorite way of greeting friends. Danny's personality is based, at least partially, on British drag performer Danny La Rue. Danny is kind, compassionate, quick to joke and slow to anger. If pushed past his considerable limits, though, Danny's wrath can be a terrible thing as he can attack anyone on the street by manipulating his environment.[5]

Danny first came in contact with the Doom Patrol when Danny and his residents were attacked by Darren Jones and the Men From N.O.W.H.E.R.E.[1] Jones' obsession with normalcy, and with enforcing his own "50s sit-com" worldview made Danny an obvious target. The struggle took Danny to downtown New York City, where the Doom Patrol investigated the disturbance. They worked hard to protect Danny and his residents, but it was ultimately the members of Danny the Street's Perpetual Cabaret that defeated Jones. In addition to the Doom Patrol and the Perpetual Cabaret, Danny housed Flex Mentallo, protecting the hero during the mental breakdown that followed his first and only failure.

EvolvingEdit

Eventually, Danny left the DC Universe, and inhabited an alternate Earth. Pledging to protect and nurture the needy of all dimensions, he became Danny the World. Danny's friend, former Doom Patrol member Crazy Jane, later became a resident of Danny the World.[6]

In the pages of Teen Titans, during the One Year Later time-shift event in the DC Universe, a portal to Danny was seen in Dayton Manor; Crazy Jane was also seen through the portal.[7]

Danny was leveled in Doom Patrol Vol 5 #7 by Mister Somebody Enterprises. Crazy Jane managed to escape the destruction and fled to Oolong Island, carrying with her a brick taken from one of Danny's buildings, now carrying all of Danny's sentience, effectively making him Danny the Brick.[8]

The New 52Edit

In September 2011, The New 52 rebooted DC's continuity. In this new timeline, Danny is re-introduced in Teen Titans #3 (January 2012).[9] Danny becomes a full member of the team and as a teenager himself, he performs spying work for Red Robin.

During the cross-over event "The Culling", Danny is presumed dead by the group. They find that Danny did not die, and is on a mysterious island with them in Teen Titans #10, but he later dies during the strain of returning the rest of the group back to civilization. It was suggested Danny survived, as "Danny the Alley".

DC RebirthEdit

Danny shows up in DC Rebirth in Gerard Way's iteration of the Doom Patrol. Danny is revealed to have been reverted to Danny the Brick and is now only able to make words appear on his surface. Danny the Brick tours around the universe being carried by Crazy Jane. Danny the Brick and Crazy Jane then meet a man named "D", who uses Danny to kill a god. After this, Danny is able to become Danny the World; however, Danny does not pick up outcasts, but instead creates his own citizens.

Danny makes his comic book character Casey "Space Case" Brink from Danny Comics become real to see what she would be like on earth. Danny later contacts Casey because he is being hunted by the Vectra, an evil alien race that wants to use him to make meat for cheap fast food restaurants, and wants her to reassemble the Doom Patrol.[10] He contacts her by becoming Danny the Ambulance. Casey and the Doom Patrol save Danny World and defeat the Vectra, and he becomes a member of the new team.[11]

While Danny is acting as Danny the Ambulance, he still runs the ever growing Danny World.

Powers and abilitiesEdit

Danny the Street can teleport. He is a living pocket dimension that can incorporate more and more space as he gains more residents. He can create any conceivable thing (living or inanimate) as long as he has enough strength. Danny's most important power, though, is to always be a friend to those who need it most and let everyone feel comfortable being themselves.

In other mediaEdit

  • In the 2018 Titans episode "Doom Patrol", the Doom Patrol mansion is located on "Danny Street".
  • Danny the Street first appeared in the DC Universe live-action television series Doom Patrol's eighth episode, "Danny Patrol" (2019). Danny is described as a "sentient, genderqueer, teleporting street" who is on the run from the Bureau of Normalcy. In the episode "Frances Patrol", Danny leaves Cyborg and Crazy Jane a clue that leads them to Flex Mentallo. In the episode "Penultimate Patrol", Danny agrees to help the Doom Patrol locate the villain Mr. Nobody despite being afraid of him. In the episode "Ezekiel Patrol," Danny the Street is later captured by Mr. Nobody and manages to teleport the Doom Patrol to Doom Manor so that they can rescue Danny and the Chief’s daughter from Mr. Nobody, leaving the team on a brick with the inscription "Danny Brick Co".

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Doom Patrol Vol. 2 #35 (Aug. 1990)
  2. ^ Callahan, Timothy (2007). Grant Morrison: The Early Years. Lulu.com. p. 258. ISBN 978-0-615-14087-2.
  3. ^ Cite error: The named reference Doom Patrol Vol 2 issue 43 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  4. ^ Cite error: The named reference Doom Patrol Vol 2 issue 61 and others was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  5. ^ Cite error: The named reference Doom Patrol Vol 2 issue 36 and others was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  6. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008). "Doom Patrol". In Dougall, Alastair (ed.). The Vertigo Encyclopedia. New York: Dorling Kindersley. pp. 61–63. ISBN 0-7566-4122-5. OCLC 213309015.
  7. ^ Teen Titans (3rd Series) #32, 35-37 (See here for more.), Accessed December 20, 2007
  8. ^ Doom Patrol #8
  9. ^ Teen Titans #4: A Writer Makes Fun of His Artist in Print: see Booth's comment: "That was done to draw attention to Danny the Street. Who just teleported Bart and Solstice there from Antarctica. He showed up at the end of issue 3, and will appear again in issue 7 (I’m drawing him right now)." Accessed 3 January 2012.
  10. ^ Doom Patrol #1
  11. ^ Doom Patrol #5