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DC Comics Presents was a comic book series published by DC Comics from 1978 to 1986 which ran for 97 issues and 4 annuals and featured team-ups between Superman and a wide variety of other characters of the DC Universe. A recurring back-up feature "Whatever Happened to...?" had stories revealing the status of various minor and little-used characters.

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Publication history

DC Comics Presents debuted with a July/August 1978 cover date and was edited by Julius Schwartz. The series was launched with a team-up of Superman and the Flash by writer Martin Pasko and artist José Luis García-López. The winner of the DC Comics Presents letter column name contest appeared in the Superman/Hawkman story in issue #11 (July 1979). The "Whatever Happened to...?" backup feature began in issue #25 (Sept. 1980) and would appear in most issues for the next two years until its last installment in issue #48 (Aug. 1982). Issue #26 included an insert introduction story to the then-upcoming New Teen Titans series by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez. Len Wein and Jim Starlin co-created the supervillain Mongul in issue #27 (Nov. 1980) as part of a three-issue storyline. Another insert in issue #41 previewed the "new direction" Wonder Woman. In issue #47, Superman traveled to Eternia and met the Masters of the Universe. Ambush Bug made his first appearance in issue #52 (Dec. 1982) and made additional appearances in issue #59 and #81. The Superman/Challengers of the Unknown tale in issue #84 was drawn by Jack Kirby and Alex Toth. The series also contained the Alan Moore Superman/Swamp Thing story "The Jungle Line" in DC Comics Presents #85 (Sept. 1985), pencilled by Rick Veitch and inked by Al Williamson. Issue #87 featured the first appearance and origin of the divergent Kal-El of the Earth Prime reality, who would become known as Superboy-Prime. The final issue is an exception to the team-up format, instead featuring Superman in an "Untold Tale" involving the Phantom Zone, by Steve Gerber, following up in his limited series of the same title.

In 2004, the title DC Comics Presents was revived for eight one-shot issues, each a tribute to DC editor Julius Schwartz who had recently died. Each issue featured two stories based on a classic DC Comics cover of the past, reflecting Schwartz's frequent practice of commissioning a cover concept, then telling the writers to create a story around that cover.

In July 2010, DC announced the launch of a new DC Comics Presents, a line of 100-page reprint issues reprinting stories that have not seen print since their original publication.

Featured team-ups

Issue number Character(s)
1 Flash
2 Flash
3 Adam Strange
4 Metal Men
5 Aquaman
6 Green Lantern
7 Red Tornado
8 Swamp Thing
9 Wonder Woman
10 Sgt. Rock
11 Hawkman
12 Mister Miracle
13 Legion of Super-Heroes
14 Superboy
15 Atom
16 Black Lightning
17 Firestorm
18 Zatanna
19 Batgirl
20 Green Arrow
21 Elongated Man
22 Captain Comet
23 Doctor Fate
24 Deadman
25 Phantom Stranger
26 Green Lantern
27 Martian Manhunter
28 Supergirl
29 Spectre
30 Black Canary
31 Robin
32 Wonder Woman
33 Captain Marvel
34 Marvel Family
35 Man-Bat
36 Starman
37 Hawkgirl
38 Flash
39 Plastic Man
40 Metamorpho
41 Joker
42 Unknown Soldier
43 Legion of Super-Heroes
44 Dial H for Hero
45 Firestorm
46 Global Guardians
47 Masters of the Universe
48 Aquaman
49 Captain Marvel
50 Clark Kent
51 Atom
52 Doom Patrol
53 House of Mystery
54 Green Arrow
55 Air Wave
56 Power Girl
57 Atomic Knights
58 Elongated Man
58 Robin
59 Legion of Substitute Heroes
60 Guardians of the Universe
61 OMAC
62 Freedom Fighters
63 Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld
64 Kamandi
65 Madame Xanadu
66 Demon
67 Santa Claus
68 Vixen
69 Blackhawk
70 Metal Men
71 Bizarro
72 Joker
72 Phantom Stranger
73 Flash
74 Hawkman
75 Arion
76 Wonder Woman
77 Forgotten Heroes
78 Forgotten Villains
79 Clark Kent
80 Legion of Super-Heroes
81 Ambush Bug
82 Adam Strange
83 Batman and the Outsiders
84 Challengers of the Unknown
85 Swamp Thing
86 Supergirl
87 Superboy-Prime
88 Creeper
89 Omega Men
90 Firestorm
90 Captain Atom
91 Captain Comet
92 Vigilante
93 Elastic Four
94 Harbinger
94 Lady Quark
94 Pariah
95 Hawkman
96 Blue Devil
97 Phantom Zone Villains
Annual 1 Superman of Earth-Two
Annual 2 Superwoman
Annual 3 Captain Marvel
Annual 4 Superwoman

Characters featured in "Whatever Happened To...?" back-up series

Writer Mike Tiefenbacher had several proposals for other "Whatever Happened To...?" stories. These included Captain Action, Blackhawk, Genius Jones, Nighthawk, Ragman, the Sea Devils, the Silent Knight, and Wildcat.

Julius Schwartz Tribute

In September and October 2004, the title DC Comics Presents was revived for a series of eight one-shot issues, each a tribute to DC editor Julius Schwartz, who had died in the previous February. Each issue featured two stories based on a classic DC Comics cover of the past, reflecting Schwartz's frequent practice of commissioning a cover concept, then telling the writers to create a story around that cover.

DC Comics Presents: Date Notes
DC Comics Presents: Batman #1 September 2004 Cover art by Adam Hughes is an homage to the cover of Batman #183 (August 1966)
DC Comics Presents: Green Lantern #1 September 2004 Cover art by Brian Bolland is an homage to the cover of Green Lantern #31 (September 1964)
DC Comics Presents: Hawkman #1 September 2004 Cover art by José Luis García-López and Kevin Nowlan is an homage to the cover of Hawkman #6 (February–March 1965)
DC Comics Presents: Mystery in Space #1 September 2004 Cover art by Alex Ross is an homage to the cover of Mystery in Space #82 (March 1963)
DC Comics Presents: Flash #1 October 2004 Cover art by Alex Ross is an homage to The Flash #163 (August 1966)
DC Comics Presents: Justice League of America #1 October 2004 Cover art by José Luis García-López is an homage to Justice League of America #53 (May 1967)
DC Comics Presents: Superman #1 October 2004 Cover art by Adam Hughes is an homage to the cover of Superman #264 (June 1973)
DC Comics Presents: The Atom #1 October 2004 Cover art by Brian Bolland is an homage to the cover of The Atom #10 (December 1963-January 1964).

2010 revival

In July 2010, DC announced the launch of a new DC Comics Presents series featuring stories that have not seen print since their original publication. The announced issues are:

Collected editions

  • Showcase Presents: DC Comics Presents Superman Team-Ups Vol. 1 includes DC Comics Presents #1-26, 512 pages, November 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2535-7
  • Showcase Presents: DC Comics Presents Superman Team-Ups Vol. 2 includes DC Comics Presents #27-50 and Annual #1, 512 pages, July 2013, ISBN 1-4012-4048-6
  • Adventures of Superman: José Luis García-López includes DC Comics Presents #1-4 and 17, 360 pages, April 2013, ISBN 978-1401238568
  • Superman in the Seventies includes DC Comics Presents #14, 224 pages, November 2000, ISBN 1563896389
  • Superman in the Eighties includes DC Comics Presents #29, 192 pages, April 2006, ISBN 1401209521
  • Superman vs. Shazam! includes DC Comics Presents #33-34, 49, and Annual #3, 192 pages, March 2013, ISBN 978-1401238216
  • Showcase Presents: Ambush Bug Vol. 1 includes DC Comics Presents #52, 59, and 81, 488 pages, March 2009, ISBN 1401221807
  • Adventures of Superman: Gil Kane includes DC Comics Presents Annual #3, 392 pages, January 2013, ISBN 978-1401236748
  • DC Universe By Alan Moore includes DC Comics Presents #85, 464 pages, March 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3339-2

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