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1946-1955
This is an attempt to list significant events in the history of DC Comics in as chronological order as possible.  Most dates are the cover dates from the comics themselves.  It should be recognized that these dates tend to be two months after the actual release date.  Other dates come from various published sources and have varying degrees of precision.  Everything is relative. No attempt is made to list everything that ever happened.  More detailed information is contained in the various works cited in the bibliography.  Non-DC comics events listed are included because of their relevance to the history of DC Comics, not to their own companies.  An attempt has been made to refer to the company by the appropriate name in each time period.  This is not an attempt to explain super-hero continuity.  There are other web sites that do that.  All opinions given are mine and probably can't be changed.  Factual errors will be thankfully corrected. Comments
1835-1936
1956-1959
1966-1969
1976-1979
 1986-1989
1996-1999
1937-1945
1960-1965
1970-1975
1980-1985
 1990-1995
2000-2005
1946-1955
 Piranha
DC's "other" comics
Vertigo
Paradox
   
1946
 
 

Robert Kanigher becomes an assistant editor at All-American, replacing Ted Udall.

 

2/25/46 The Federal Communications Commission designates 12 VHF stations for commercial broadcasting and standardizes the frequencies, rendering pre-war televisions sets obsolete.

By the end of 1946 two television "networks" (3 stations) were on the air: NBC (10 hours a week) and Dumont (5 hours a week).

Mar  War Time paper quotas end, beginning a newsstand explosion as new comic titles and companies flood the market.   More Fun and All-American become monthlies, while All Funny, Wonder Woman, World's Finest, Buzzy and Boy Commandos are all promoted to bi-monthly.

3/28/46 Hop Harrigan movie serial from Columbia.

Jack Schiff brings out Real Fact Comics

More Fun becomes a humor title, starring Dover and Clover and Genius Jones.

DC adds another funny animal title to its stable, Animal Antics, starring the Raccoon Kids and Eager Beaver, both by Otto Feuer and Tortoise and the Hare by Rube Grossman, edited by Bernie Breslauer. 

Statements Of Ownership printed in this month's titles, but dated September 25, 1945 indicate that Donenfeld and Sampliner have bought out Gaines' share of All-American Comics.  Gaines goes on to set up Educational Comics, taking the Picture Stories line with him.  Sheldon Mayer continues to edit the All-American titles separately from Whitney Ellsworth's Detective Comics titles.  Picture Stories from American History is Gaines' first book under the Educational Comics banner.

Sol Harrison, formerly an All-American employee, becomes production manager of National Comics. 

Apr  Comic Cavalcade, All Star Comics, Green Lantern, All-Flash, Leading Comics, and Real Screen become bi-monthlies. Flash Comics, Adventure Comics, and Funny Stuff become monthlies. 

Sheldon Mayer begins Funny Folks, a new funny animal title.  Woody Gelman's Nutsy Squirrel begins.

Superboy, Green Arrow, and Aquaman move from More Fun Comics to Adventure Comics with 103.

The Atom strip ends in All-American 72, replaced by the Black Pirate, moving over from Sensation, where he's replaced by Sargon the Sorceror, back from a three year hiatus. 

May Gene Autry gets his own comic book from Dell.
Jun 6/10-7/1  Civil rights activist Stetson Kennedy infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan and feeds real information about the Klan's operation to the writers of the Superman radio program.  "The Klan of the Fiery Cross" includes detailed descriptions of authentic Klan rituals and operations.
Jul  Curt Swan first draws the Boy Commandos in World’s Finest 23(?).
Sum  Hopalong Cassidy begins from Fawcett- soon becomes their 2nd most popular title, after Captain Marvel Adventures.  Publishers begin to seize on westerns as the latest comics fad.
Sep Sept 30, 1946-All-American and Detective merged into National Comics.
Oct Action 101 features Superman photographing an Atomic Bomb test. First DC atomic bomb cover.  Beginning of Atom Age of Comics?
Nov  Nov 2, 1946- Batman comic strip ends.  Bob Kane returns to drawing comic book stories.
   
1947
 
   

Vigilante movie serial from Columbia.

 

Most National titles now printed by the Bridgeport Herald company in Bridgeport CT.

 

Jan 22, 1947- First TV station west of the Missippi- KTLA in Los Angeles

Feb Robin solo series begins in Star Spangled Comics

Peter Porkchops introduced in  Leading 23.  Earlier line-up completely replaced. 

Atom revived in Flash 80

Mar  Dodo and the Frog introduced in Funny Stuff 19 by Woody Gellman and Rube Grossman.  Later stories would be written by Gardner Fox.
Apr Jimminy and the Magic Book by Jack Mendelsohn and Howie Post debuts in More Fun 121.
 May Robert Kanigher introduces Wonder Girl in Wonder Woman 23.

Namora first appears in Marvel Mystery 82, followed by Sun Girl and Golden Girl and the Blonde Phantom as an attempt to recapture older readers by adding females to existing comic features begins.. 

Jun  Joe Samachson's Tomahawk begins in Star Spangled 69.

6/8/47 Lassie debuts on ABC radio network.

Jul Last Siegel and Shuster bylines appear on Superman and Superboy, as the two institute a lawsuit over the ownership of Superman and Superboy.  National fires them and they go on to create Funnyman. 
Aug  Superman and Batman appear with the JSA in All Star 36.  Why?  And why only one issue? No one remembers.

DC begins to emphasize females in some of its books,  primarily instigated by Robert Kanigher.  Black Canary begins in the Johnny Thunder feature in Flash  86 (art by Carmine Infantino).

Charlie Gaines dies  in a boating accident.  His son, William becomes head of EC Comics and changes the company name from Educational Comics to Entertaining Comics.

Ruth Roche and Matt Baker's Phantom Lady begins from Fox, pushing the concept of "good girl art" over the top, as it were.


Sep
Robert Kanigher introduces the Harlequin in All-American 89.

Simon and Kirby create romance comics, with Young Romance from  Prize/Crestwood.

Oct  A Date With Judy begins- licensed radio show comic book drawn by Graham Place.  The company believes an already established property is the easiest way to get a toehold into the "Archie"  teen market.
Nov  First issues to bear the North  America symbol on the cover.  The symbol refers to the Independent Distributors of North America, an association of magazine distributors opposed to the domination of the market by American News.  The symbol also appeared on Marvel and Fawcett comics among others.

More Fun Comics cancelled (#147).  According to Jack Schiff, the book  was actually losing money.  Oft rumored to have been kept alive due to a 10 year agreement with Wheeler-Nicholson that expired at this point.

Change in contents with All Funny 20.  New series Doc and Fatty, about two inept time travelers becomes the cover feature. (art by Howard Sherman).

Robert Kanigher's Rose and the Thorn appear in Flash 89 (art by Joe Kubert).
 

Dec  All-Flash Comics cancelled (#32). First appearance of Robert Kanigher's Star Sapphire.  First Carmine Infantino art on Flash. ("Crime, Incorporated")

First Alex Toth art on Green Lantern in All-American 92 ("The Icicle Goes South").  Toth, Kubert and Infantino are in the thick of an art revolution going on at National, as the florid pre-war Alex Raymond style, and the wartime cartoony style are both rejected in a favor of a Caniff based version of "realism".

All Star 38 features the first JSA story without solo chapters for each ream member.  Black Canary guest stars. She continues to appear in each issue although she doesn't join the team until #41.

DC looks for a respectable way to get into the crime comics market and finds it by licensing one of the most popular radio shows in America, Gang Busters.  Jack Schiff edits. 

   
1948
 
  1/5/48 Adventures of Superman serial released. 

Congo Bill movie serial, both Columbia. 

 

Jan 1948 is the year of the Western, as every publisher launches two or three new titles in this genre.  National starts with Jack Schiff's Western Comics, initially starring Action standby the Vigilante, it quickly becomes the home of the Wyoming Kid, Cowboy Marshall, and Rodeo Rick.

Mr. District Attorney, DC's 2nd Crime title begins. (Another  licensed radio show).
 

Feb  Leave It To Binky begins.  Last title edited by Sheldon Mayer.  Art by Bob Oksner.  Mayer contributes Little Allergy.  Hal Seegar writes. 

Robert Kanigher introduces Streak the Wonder Dog in Green Lantern 30.  Before Alan Scott knew it, the dog had kicked him off the cover!

Black Canary kicks Johnny Thunder out of Flash 92.
 

Mar Mar 19 1948- Dr. Frederic Wertham hosts a symposium on "The Psycopathology of Comic Books." Results published in the March 27 issue of Colliers.
May

All Funny Comics cancelled (#23).

 

5/48 National settles with Siegel and Shuster and pays them $100,000 for the rights to Superboy.

 

Jun 

June 20, 1948 CBS television network begins. Toast of the Town (Ed Sullivan show) debuts.

 

Jul  Whitney Ellsworth becomes Editor In Chief of both the National (All-American) and Superman (Detective) groups, as Sheldon Mayer leaves his position to concentrate on cartooning.  Robert Kanigher becomes editor of Wonder Woman and Sensation. Julius Schwartz becomes editor of Flash, Green Lantern, and All Star

Otto Binder's Merry the Gimmick Girl begins in Star Spangled 82,  replacing her brother, the Star-Spangled Kid in #87.

The National Line-Up and Editorial Breakdown- Post Sheldon Mayer
Mort Weisinger Jack Schiff  Jack Schiff (with Weisinger and Breslauer-Murray Boltinoff, art editor) Julius Schwartz
Action
Superman
Batman
Detective
World's Finest 
Real Fact 
Adventure
A Date With Judy
Buzzy
Gangbusters
Boy Commandos
Mr District Attorney
Star Spangled 
Western
All American
All Star
Flash Comics
Comic Cavalcade (w Kanigher)
Green Lantern
Larry Nadle Robert Kanigher Bernie Breslauer
Funny Folks
Funny Stuff
Scribbly
Mutt and Jeff
Leave It to Binky
Sensation
Wonder Woman
Comic Cavalcade (w/ Schwartz)
Animal Antics
Leading
Real Screen
Whitney Ellsworth- Editorial Director and Superman comic strip
Aug  Scribbly begins, as Sheldon Mayer returns to drawing.  Scribbly is now older and taller and the Red Tornado is long gone, but the humor remains the same.

Robert Kanigher and Alex Toth create the new western Johnny Thunder  in All-American 100. Hawkman and Atom get new costumes in Flash 98.

Mort Weisinger revamps Superman, dumping all the old artists and replacing them with Wayne Boring, Al Plastino and Win Mortimer (on the comic strip).  New direction emphasizes science fiction, alternating with humor.  Almost every issue features a Lois Lane story.

Oct  Roy Rogers got his own comic from Dell in January, now Dale Evans Comics begins from National (Schiff). Can Trigger be far behind ?  (Nope, Dell- 1951).  The Roy Rogers TV show doesn't begin until December 1951.

10/28/48 Whitney Ellsworth's Congo Bill becomes a movie serial from Columbia starring Don McGuire and Cleo Moore.

Adventures into the Unknown from ACG- first horror comic.

Oct 1948-FCC freezes the licensing of new television stations until a new method of allocating frequencies can be devised.

Nov  Dr. Mid-Nite and the Black Pirate end as All-American Comics is renamed All-American Western (#103).  Johnny Thunder is joined by Overland Coach, Minstrel Maverick and Foley of the Fighting Fifth.  Green Lantern still has his own title, but not for long.
Dec Lady Danger begins in Sensation 84, replaces Little Boy Blue.
 
 

Comic Cavalcade switches to all funny animal contents, combining Fox  and Crow, Nutsy Squirrel, Dodo and the Frog, the Raccoon Kids and others into one title.

William Woolfolk becomes the only person to write Superman and Captain Marvel simultaneously, (Superman 55) by submitting Superman scripts under his wife's name (Dorothy Roubichek Woolfolk).

   
1949
 
New York State Joint Legislative Committee to study the Publication of Comics holds first annual hearings.
Feb  Flash Comics cancelled (#104) last solo Flash, Black Canary and  Hawkman stories.
Mar  Miss Beverly Hills Of Hollywood begins. Lasts 9 issues.  Semi-licensed titles as the book features lots of Hollywood guest stars.

Superboy gets his own comic book.  Only new successful super-hero title since the early forties, though it's really more of a teen book.

Apr Leading Screen, Animal Antics, and Real Screen join the other funny animal titles under Larry Nadle, due to the illness of editor Bernie Breslauer.  George Kashdan replaces Breslauer on the editorial staff.

May 
Green Lantern cancelled (#38).  End of the Golden Age. And the damn dog's got the cover all to himself!

5/26/49 Adventures of Batman and Robin movie serial released starring Robert Lowery as Batman and Leonard Penn as the Wizard.
 

Jun June 24, 1949 Hopalong Cassidy begins as an NBC television network series, featuring mostly re-edited feature films that William Boyd had made in the thirties and early forties.  Boyd had purchased the rights to his own films and negotiated the deal with NBC himself.

Wildcat ends in Sensation Comics 90, replaced by Streak the Wonder  Dog.

Jul  Julie Schwartz heads down that Romance Trail. (6 issues). DC's first romance comic, features art by Alex Toth and stars Molly Adams in a western-style Mary Worth role.

Real Fact Comics cancelled.

Bob Kane makes his last significant contribution to Batman art in World's Finest 41, as he turns over the bulk of the work to his assistants, starting with Lew Sayre Schwartz.

Aug  Robert Kanigher launches Girls' Love Stories.  Only issue 1 sports a  DC bullet (after that the bullet says Girls' Love Stories).  Photo cover.  Issue 9 on published by Signal.

Public Service pages written by Jack Schiff  and done in conjunction with the National Social Welfare Assembly begin to appear in each title.  They lasted until Schiff's retirement in 1967 and featured many of DC's characters in short tales devoted to good citizenship.

Sep  Jimmy Wakely begins (18 issues)  Wakely was a movie "star". Many  issues have Alex Toth artwork.  Edited by Julius Schwartz.

Robert Kanigher's second romance comic, Secret Hearts begins, sporting a photo cover.  Only the first issue has a DC bullet.  After that, no bullet at all.

9/5/49 Alvin Schwartz and Wayne Boring begin a long sequence in the Superman daily comic strip in which Clark Kent and Lois Lane get married.   This storyline is reported in the Oct 24, 1949 issue of Time Magazine as being a permanent change and a way to rejuvenate the feature.  The storyline lasts for almost two years before an editiorial decision is made that the whole thing was a dream.

9/15/49 Lone Ranger begins on television.


Oct 
Adventures Of Alan Ladd begins (9 issues- edited by Jack Schiff?)

Ozzie And Harriet begins (licensed from radio program) (5 issues- edited by Larry Nadle).

Nov  DC bullet changed to say "Superman-DC-National Comics" rather than "A Superman-DC Publication".

Irwin Hasen replaces Harry Peter as Sensation cover artist with 94. The book is cut to bi-monthly.  Dr. Pat and Romance Inc. replace Streak the Wonder Dog and Lady Danger.  New covers emphasize Sensation as a romance comic.

Peter Porkchops is spun off from Leading Comics into his own title.

Boy Commandos cancelled (#36).

Roy Raymond replaces Slam Bradley in Detective 153.

First Supergirl story in Superboy 5.

Tomahawk takes over the cover spot on Star-Spangled 98.

Dec Kryptonite makes its first comic book appearance in Superman 61.

12/29/1949 The first commerical UHF station goes on the air in  Connecticut

   
1950
 
Jan In an attempt to make it seem that all of DC's funny animals have their own cartoon series, the anthology books are retitled to claim non-existent Hollywood connections.  Animal Antics renamed Movie Town's Animal Antics (#24)

Graham Place replaces George Storm on Buzzy (#29), converting a whimsical oddity into a more standard teen comedy.
 


Feb 
Adventures Of Bob Hope begins written by Cal Howard with art by Owen Fitzgerald. (Larry Nadle editor)

Girls' Romances begins- no DC bullet on the cover. (Robert Kanigher, editor).  (7 on published by Signal)

Miss Melody Lane Of Broadway begins (3 issues)- same premise as  Miss Beverly Hills, but with Broadway stars. Art by Bob Oksner.
 

Mar  Feature Films begins adapts Captain China starring John Payne in the first issue (4 issues total). Art by Jack Sparling.
Apr  Trial judge issues decision in Captain Marvel vs. Superman- actual copying occurred but Superman's copyright is defective due to improper notices on the Superman newspaper strip leading to the copyright being "abandoned".  The decision was reversed on appeal a year later.

Crypt of Terror- first EC horror comic.

Leading Comics renamed Leading Screen Comics (#42)
 

May  May 2, 1950 Estes Kefauver appointed chairman of the Special Senate Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce.  This branches into a study of juvenile delinquency and comic books.  Frederic Wertham appointed psychiatric consultant.

First Superbaby story in Superboy 8.  It was Bill Finger and Curt Swan's  fault.

Weird Science and Weird Fantasy begin from EC comics.
 

Jun Lassie debuts in her own comic book from Dell.

6/1/50 Bernie Breslauer dies.

6/6/1950 Rocketship XM, the first "modern" science fiction film debuts.  This was a cheap quickie rushed through production in order to beat Destination Moon to the theaters.

Jul  The romance boom of 1949 turns into the romance bust of 1950. Romance Trail is replaced by Danger Trail (5 issues).  Secret Hearts goes on hiatus for a year (#6). 

7/20/50 Atom Man vs Superman released (Columbia).  First appearance of the Phantom Zone concept- called "The Empty Doom."

Aug Aug 5 1950 The Kefauver Committee surveys all the top comic book companies asking for circulation figures, demographics, income, opinions about juvenile delinquency and whether or not their books have been approved by psychiatrists.

Julie Schwartz inaugurates Strange Adventures, DC's first science fiction  title with an adaptation of the film, Destination Moon.  The prestigious film created primarily by Robert Heinlein, is released in August 1950.  Fawcett also releases an adaption of the same film.

Funny Folks renamed Hollywood Funny Folks (#27)
 

Sep  Tomahawk gets his own book.

Bill Finger's  Lana Lang first appears in Superboy 10.

Astra, Girl of the Future begins in Sensation 99 by Robert Kanigher and Irwin Hasen. Sensation covers switch to emphasizing action, adventure and science fiction from romance.

Oct  Scribbly goes on hiatus with issue 13.  Sheldon Mayer spends his time drawing back-up series in the various funny animal titles beginning with Bo Bunny in Funny Folks 28(?) and  Dizzy Dog  in Comic Cavalcade 41(?).
Dec EC’s Two-Fisted Tales begins.

Martin Goodman starts Atlas' first war comics, appropriately titled War.

DC licenses Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer from the May Company.  An annual comic book tradition that lasts until 1962 is begun.  Sy Reit and Rube Grossman are the writer and artist.

   
1951
 
Jan  Big Town begins, based on the radio and TV show about a crime fighting newspaper reporter.

Mar Harvey Kurtzman converts EC's Two-Fisted Tales into a war comic.

Martin Goodman starts Battle at Atlas and adds 11 more war titles before the end of 1952.

Apr  All Star Comics renamed All Star Western (#58). The Trigger Twins and Strong Bow begin.  JSA ends.

Julie Schwartz inaugurates Mystery In Space.

May Strange Adventures #8 features a gorilla on the cover.  High sales prompt National to go on a gorilla cover binge that lasts over a decade.

Jun  Captain Comet by John Broome and Carmine Infantino begins in Strange Adventures 9. 
Jul EC launches a second war comic, Frontline Combat. 
Sep Harvey starts Warfront
Oct Adventure cut to 44 pages with 169, The Shining Knight is dropped from the book (last in 166).

Quality launches G.I.Combat.

Nov  Detective cut to 44 pages with 177, Action cut to 44 pages with 162.  Many of the less popular titles cut directly to 36 pages, like Sensation with 106.

Julius Schwartz takes over Big Town from Jack Schiff.  John Broome becomes the writer and Manny Stallman the artist.

Terry Thirteen, the Ghost Breaker debuts in Star Spangled 122.  The new cover feature has the look of a horror comic, but isn't really because Dr. Thirteen always debunks the supposedly supernatural elements in the story.  Art by Leonard Starr.

Sheldon Mayer takes over Doodles Duck from Howie Post in Movie Town’s Animal Antics 35(?).

Scribbly returns for a two issue run (14-15)
 

Dec Superman and The Mole Men released.  First film featuring George Reeves as Superman.

Jack Schiff’s House Of Mystery is DC’s first "horror" title.  Not really, because every supernatural thing that happens turns out to be a hoax.

Secret Hearts revived (#7).  Now published by Beverly.

World's Finest cut to 68 pages.

Superboy faces Kryptonite for the first time, but why is it purple? Adventure 171.

Columbia cartoon characters Fox and the Crow and Flippity & Flop graduate to their own titles  from Real Screen.

12/30/51 Roy Rogers TV show begins on NBC.
 

   
1952
 
  Blackhawk movie serial from Columbia.

 

Jan Here's Howie begins.  Teen book drawn by Irwin Hasen. (18 issues- Howie joins the army in issue 5)

Sensation Comics converted to DC’s 2nd horror title, Wonder Woman dropped. Julie Schwartz takes over as editor.

Adventures Of Rex The Wonder Dog begins by Robert Kanigher and Alex Toth.  Julie Schwartz edits.
 

Feb Adventures Of Dean Martin And Jerry Lewis begins, written by Cal Howard and drawn by Howie Post (later, Owen Fitzgerald).  Larry Nadle edits.
Mar
Apr Last Alex Toth art for National for 10 years.  Mystery in Space 7. 

 

FCC freeze on new television stations is ended as the UHF band is allocated for commercial use.  Some existing frequencies are allocated for non-commercial and educational uses.

UHF fails to catch on leaving CBS and NBC to prosper while younger rival ABC falters and DuMont begins a plunge into oblivion.  Television finally becomes available throughout the United States, no longer restricted to big cities and both coasts.

Jul  Sensation Comics renamed Sensation Mystery (#110).

Dale Evans Comics cancelled (#24) and Jimmy Wakely cancelled (#18) as DC leaves the licensed western field.
 

Aug  National finally jumps on the war bandwagon, starting with Our Army At War (Kanigher). 

Julie Schwartz and Manly Wade Wellman create The Phantom Stranger, DC’s third horror title.

Zena Brody becomes editor of  Secret Hearts, Girls' Romances and Girls' Love Stories
 

Sep  Sheldon Mayer's Lemuel begins in Doodles Duck in Movie Town's Animal Antics 40.
Dec  All-American Western renamed All-American Men At War (#127) (Kanigher).  Johnny Thunder moves to All Star Western. Star Spangled Comics renamed Star-Spangled War Stories (#131) (Boltinoff).

Dell greatly expands their funny animal line by spinning off a number of Four Color features into their own titles, including: Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Uncle Scrooge, Woody Woodpecker, Bugs Bunny; Porky Pig and Andy Panda.

Harvey acquires the rights to Casper, the Friendly Ghost and also begins moving into the children's comics field.  In the three way battle for dominance of this market, DC ultimately loses.

   
1953
 
Superboy 24 Feb  Feb 9, 1953- Adventures of Superman TV series begins although the episodes were all filmed in 1951.  Originally produced by Bob Maxwell, the same person who did the radio program. The sponsor, Kellog's, worries the program is too dark and violent.

(circa) Mort Weisigner takes over Superboy from Jack Schiff with issue 24.  Two issues in a row feature stories about fat people.

May

Whitney Ellsworth takes over as producer of the Adventures of Superman TV series.  Although he continues to be listed as Editor in all National comic books, he essentially turns over all duties to Irwin Donenfeld and moves to California. 

 

Jun

DC gets out of the horror business. The Phantom Stranger cancelled (#6).  Sensation Mystery cancelled (#116).  Only House of Mystery, the tamest of the three, survives.

 

Aug

Sy Reit and Rube Grossman’s Peter Panda is aimed at even younger readers than the other funny animal titles.

 

Sep 

Everything Happens To Harvey begins (7 issues).  Another teen book drawn by Bob Oksner and edited by Larry Nadle.

 

Sept 1953.  Cinema Scope is introduced to help combat the impact of television on motion picture attendance.  The first Cinema scope picture is The Robe.

 

Nov 

Excerpts from Frederic Wertham’s Seduction of the Innocent published in Ladies’ Home Journal.

 

Dec

Superboy published 8 times a year.

 

Robotman replaced by Captain Compass in Detective 203.

 

EC’s Panic #1 with a story lampooning Santa Claus is banned in Massachusetts.  EC’s Lyle Stuart is arrested in NYC for a "disgusting" parody of Mickey Spillaine’s I, the Jury in the same issue.

   
1954
 
Jan  Fawcett settles its court case with National and gets out of the comic book business.  National acquires the rights to Hopalong Cassidy with issue 86. Julie Schwartz edits, Gene Colan draws.  Other Fawcett titles end up at Charlton.

Superman frequency increased to to 8 times a year. Batman increases to 8 times a year in March.

Feb Julius Schwartz takes over Western from Jack Schiff.  Pow Wow Smith, formerly in Detective, replaces Cowboy Marshall, after a revamp which makes the character his own grandfather.  Gil Kane and Carmine Infantino replace Ruben Moreira and Ramona Fradon. 

Robert Kanigher takes over Star Spangled War Stories from Jack Schiff and Murray Boltinoff.

Spr  Frederic Wertham’s Seduction of the Innocent published.

Senate Select Committee on Juvenile Delinquency holds hearings on comic books in NYC.  Gaines testifies that severed heads are in good taste as long as no blood is shown.

Jun  Comics Cavalcade cancelled (#63).

Former Captain Marvel scripter, Otto Binder begins writing Superman and Superboy stories for National.

Jul World's Finest cut to 36 pages with 71. Superman/Batman team-ups  begin
.

Aug 

Whitney Ellsworth’s Congo Bill gets his own title after 15 years, probably as the result of the success of Jungle Jim on television.  Nevertheless, it only runs 6 issues.

 

Sep 

Due to the blockbuster success of the TV show,  Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen, who has been almost a non-character in the comic books, gets his own title. Otto Binder and Curt Swan begin a 30 issue run. Mort Weisinger edits.

 

Sep 12, 1954- Lassie begins on CBS TV.

 

Sep 16, 1954- Comics Code Authority established.

 

Realignment of the funny animal titles, as the anthologies are replaced with solo stars.  Funny Stuff renamed Dodo & The Frog (#80),   Movie Town’s Animal Antics renamed The Raccoon Kids (#52) and  Hollywood Funny Folks renamed Nutsy Squirrel (#61)
 

Oct  Our Fighting Forces begins. Robert Kanigher edits DC’s fourth war title. 

Adventure is cut to 36 pages with 205. Johnny Quick is dropped (last in 207).  Detective cut to 36 pages with 212.  Mysto dropped.  Action cut with 197. Vigilante dropped (last in 198).

10/15/54 Adventures of Rin Tin Tin begins on ABC TV.

Nov  National adopts Comics Code Authority symbol in Nov/Dec.

Here's Howie cancelled (#18)

   
1955
 

Jan 
My Greatest Adventure begins.  Originally a realistic adventure title, it quickly mutated into just another occult/ suspense title, albeit narrated in the first person.  Schiff and Weisinger edit.
Feb

EC cancels its last horror titles, Shock Suspense Stories, Vault of Horror and Tales From the Crypt. 

 

Mar

Krypto first appears in Adventure 210 by Otto Binder and Curt Swan

 

May

Secret Hearts moves from Beverly to Arleigh Publishing.

 

Apr

National moves printing of all comic books to World Color Press in Sparta, Ill.  Previously most titles were printed in Bridgeport, CT,  while some were printed in St Louis, MO. And the covers were printed someplace else altogether!

 

Jun 

Ace the Bat-Hound first appears in Batman 92, by Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff.

 

Jul

Mad becomes a magazine.

Aug  The Brave And The Bold begins.  Ostensibly edited by Julie Schwartz, it’s really an all-Kanigher production.  Viking Prince, Silent Knight and Golden Gladiator fill this swashbuckling anthology title.

Leading Screen Comics cancelled (#77).
 

Sep  It's Gametime begins (4 issues) An entire book devoted to those horrible puzzle pages that nobody ever looked at!

Falling In Love begins (Arleigh- no DC bullet on cover)

Frontier Fighters begins (8 issues) Following the success of Davy Crockett on Walt Disney, every publisher jumps on the chuckwagon. Davy Crockett, Buffalo Bill and Kit Carson star.  Jack Schiff edits?

EC's Pictofiction line begins, a failed attempt to continue the horrror titles outside the reach of the Comics Code, by making them text-heavy magazines.

Oct  Legends Of Daniel Boone begins (8 issues) art by Nick Cardy.  Another "historical" western.

DC’s first two part story in years begins in Adventure 217 as Jor-El and Lara "return" and take Superboy away from Smallville.

Nov  Joe Samachson’s John Jones, Manhunter from Mars replaces Captain Compass in Detective Comics #225.  For the first four years, the Manhunter keeps his existence a secret and only uses his powers when invisible.  Mostly he walks through walls.  Although often criticised as an imitation of Superman, the character bears a closer resemblance to Jerry Siegel’s Spectre.   Earliest possible start for the Silver Age of Comics.
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