Timeline of DC Comics (1930s)
National Comics Publications, the precursor to DC Comics, began publishing superhero comics titles in the 1930s. Comic book anthology titles created by the company included were More Fun Comics, Adventure Comics, Detective Comics and Action Comics. Other companies like Quality Comics, Fawcett Comics and All-American Comics that were later absorbed into DC also debuted in the same decade. During the period, National launched popular superhero characters like Superman, Batman and Sandman.
- March - Detective Comics series debuts. The character Speed Saunders is debuted by E.C. Stoner. Slam Bradley is being debuted by Malcom-Wheeler Nicholson, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
- October - Quality Comics (which DC later obtains) comes to be. Feature Funnies, later retitled Feature Comics series debuted by Quality Comics.
- All-American Publications sometime came to be.
- June - Action Comics debuts with its historical first issue. The characters Superman / Clark Kent, George Taylor and Lois Lane are debuted by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The planet Krypton and the Kryptonian species along with the Daily Star are debuted. The character Zatara is debuted by Fred Gaudineer along with the first character named Tigress. The character Tex Thompson is debuted by Ken Fitch and Bernard Baily.
- October - The characters Crimson Avenger and Wing is debuted by Jim Chambers.
- November - The character Jimmy Olsen is believed to be debuted by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
- January - A Superman comic strip series was published. The characters of Jor-El and Lara were debuted by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
- April - All-American Comics series is debuted. The character Hop Harrigan was debuted by John Blummer.
- May - The characters Batman and James Gordon were debuted by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. Other iconic debuts include the Batsuit and a version of the Batmobile.
- June- The character Ma Hunkel (Who later becomes Red Tornado) is debuted by Sheldon Mayer. Wayne Manor was debuted by Bob Kane.
- The character Sandman is created by Gardner Fox and Bert Christman.
- June - The character Ultra-Humanite is debuted by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
- Summer - Superman series was released. The characters Jonathan and Martha Kent are introduced by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
- July - Batman's first supervillain was debuted by Bob Kane along with Batman's utility belt by Gardner Fox.
- August - The character Blue Beetle was introduced by Charles Nicholas Wojtkoski originally by Fox Feature Syndicate.Smash Comics title by Quality Comics debuts.
- September - Metropolis takes the place of real life city Cleveland, Ohio by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Batman's first love interest and second supervillain along with the Batarang and the Batgyro were debuted by Gardner Fox, Bob Kane and Sheldon Moldoff.
- November - Batman's origin introduces Batman’s parents (Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne) and their killer by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson and Gardner Fox.
- November - The first representation of the mythological city of Atlantis is debuted by Gardner F. Fox and Fred Guardineer.
- December -The first Doll Man along with Martha Roberts (who later becomes Doll Girl) debuts by Will Eisner.
- Fawcett Comics would be formed around sometime during the 1939's. Which would then be a rival of DC until later acquired by DC.
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With New Fun already out on the newsstands, [Malcolm] Wheeler-Nicholson didn't waste any time in adding a second title to his line. New Comics appeared in a smaller format than New Fun, one that was similar in size to what are now considered standard comic book dimensions.
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The launch of Detective Comics defined [Malcolm] Wheeler-Nicholson's young comics company and set it on an ascendant path within the industry...His smart business decision to partner with businessmen Harry Donenfeld and Jack Liebowitz on Detective Comics guaranteed that his company's third title would at least be solvent.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
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Action Comics #6 (November 1938) The Man of Steels's future pal Jimmy Olsen made his first appearance within this issue of Action Comics, although he was identified only as an "inquisitive office-boy.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
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Edited by Sheldon Mayer, the title contained newspaper reprints and puzzle pages alongside original material such as Mayer's own 'Scribbly'...The features 'Hop Harrigan' and 'Red, White, and Blue' also debuted in this issue.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
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Gotham City's most famous detective ultimately usurped the coveted cover position with issue 35.
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