I started out earlier this year with a reading list and then there was another reading list and then I never kept to the list and things got all crazy. So, to make things less crazy I have created this master list. My goal is not to read everything that DC has ever published, but at the same time it does aspire to something close to that at least in appearance. Right now, the list looks a little chaotic. Yet this is the most organized it has been.
In this list are listed individual issues of importance, series, and collections that I have read this year, am reading now, or that I plan to read soon.
The “individual issues of importance” are issues that I have come across in my research and that I made note of for follow-up. These are usually issues where some character (good or bad) made their first appearance or had an “appearance of death”.
There are a few series that I am interested in reading in full or at least for a specific period. Those series are Hawkman (1,2,3, & 4), Atom, Green Lantern (see list), and Justice League of America (see list).
Unless otherwise noted the volume of the issue is volume 1. The one exception is for Green Lantern where unless noted the volume of the issue is volume 2.
|Title & Issue||Read?||Cover date||Relevance|
|Action Comics #40||Y||Sep 1941||First appearance of STRIPE (step-father of Star Girl?)|
|Action Comics #252||Y||May 1959||First appearance of Supergirl (Kara Zor-El), cousin to Superman.|
|Action Comics #242||Y||Jul 1958||Brainiac’s first appearance (in 75 years of Superman collection). It is also the first appearance of Kandor, the bottle city.|
|Adventure Comics #247||Y||Apr 1958||First appearance of the Legion of Super-Heroes.|
|All-Star Comics #58||Y||Feb 1976||First appearance of Power Girl|
|Atom Vol. 1||in progress||Series||Atom vol 1 was published for 45 issues between 1962 and 1969|
|Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol. 1||Y||Coll||This book is first in a series collecting the annual crossovers between the JLA of Earth-One and JSA of Earth-Two in Justice League of America.|
|Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol. 2||Y||Coll||Collects the annual crossovers between the JLA of Earth-One and JSA of Earth-Two in Justice League of America.|
|Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol. 3||Y||Coll||Collects the annual crossovers between the JLA of Earth-One and JSA of Earth-Two in Justice League of America.|
|Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol. 4||Y||Coll||Collects the annual crossovers between the JLA of Earth-One and JSA of Earth-Two in Justice League of America.|
|Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol. 5||Y||Coll|
|Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol. 6||Y||Coll|
|Crisis on Infinite Earths||in progress||Series||The Crisis on Infinite Earths was a Multiversal catastrophe that resulted in the destruction of countless parallel universes, and the recreation of a single positive matter universe (and an antimatter universe) at the dawn of time. It was a 12-issues series published 1985/86|
|Convergence||purch||Series||Convergence (Volume 1) was a limited series, published by DC Comics. It ran from 2015 until 2015. Nine issues (0-8)|
|Detective Comics #233||Y||Jul 1956||First appearance of Katherine Kane as Batwoman|
|Detective Comics #485||Sep 1979||Death of Katherine Kane as Batwoman|
|Detective Comics #225||Nov 1955||First appearance of Martian Manhunter.|
|Detective Comics #327||May 1964||“New Look” Batman and Robin.|
|Detective Comics #359||Y||Jan. 1967||First appearance of Batgirl (Barbara Gordon).|
|Flash Comics #86||Y||Aug 1947||First appearance of Black Canary. She appeared in a Johnny Thunder story.|
|Flash Comics #92||Y||Feb 1948||Black Canary gets her own feature|
|Green Lantern #16||Y||Aug 1963||Carol Ferris first appearance as Star Sapphire (“The Secret Life of Star-Sapphire!”)|
|Green Lantern #26||Y||Jan 1964||Carol Ferris 2nd appearance as Star Sapphire|
|Green Lantern #83||Y||May 1971||Carol Ferris learns GL’s secret ID|
|Green Lantern Vol 1 #10||Dec 1943||Vandal Savage first appeared|
|Green Lantern #76||Apr 1970||“The New Green Lantern / Green Arrow” tackles social issues.|
|Green Lantern vol. 2||in progress||Series||Green Lantern vol. 2 was published for 229 issues between 1960 and 1988.
Green Lantern (Volume 2) began publication in August of 1960. The series spotlighted the Silver Age Green Lantern, Hal Jordan and introduced the expansive mythology surrounding Hal’s forbearers in the Green Lantern Corps. In April of 1970, Hal began sharing the spotlight with his close friend, Green Arrow, and the title officially changed to Green Lantern & Green Arrow with issue #76.
My goal is to read the silver age portion of GL from 1960 to 1971 (#83). After that I reevaluate.
|Hawkman vol. 1||Y||Series||Hawkman vol. 1 was published for 27 issue between 1964 and 1968|
|Hawkman vol. 2||Series||Hawkman vol. 2 was published for 17 issue between 1986 and 1987|
|Hawkman vol. 3||Series||Hawkman volume 3 was published between September, 1993 and June, 1996. There were 34 issues. This also does not appear to be available either in TPB or digital.|
|Hawkman vol. 4||started||Series||Hawkman volume 4 was published between May 2002 and April 2006. There were 49 issues under the title of Hawkman. Hawkgirl began publication in 2006, following the events of Infinite Crisis. The series continued the numbering sequence from Hawkman (Volume 4) and ran until July of 2007, discontinuing with issue #66. These issues are available in digital format and collections are soon to be released.|
|Justice League of America #144||July 1977||“The Origin of the Justice League – Minus One!”
Reference in a magazine article “Worlds Collide: A History of Marvel and DC’s Multiverses”
|Justice League of America #21||Y||Aug. 1963||Reappearance of the Golden Age Justice Society of America. (I think this is the one that introduces Earth-Two and Earth-One concept) – In Crisis On Multiple Earths: Vol 1|
|Justice League of America vol 1||in progress||Series||Justice League of America (Volume 1) was an ongoing series, published by DC Comics. It ran for 261 issues from 1960 until 1987.|
|Showcase Presents #34||Y||Oct. 1961||First appearance of Atom (Ray Palmer)|
|Showcase Presents #4||Y||Oct. 1956||First appearance of the Silver Age Flash (Barry Allen). This is the one that marks the start of the Silver Age of comic books.|
|Showcase Presents #9||Aug. 1957||First of two pilot issues for the feature “Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane“.|
|Showcase Presents #22||Y||Oct. 1959||First appearance of Green Lantern (Hal Jordan).|
|Showcase Presents #30||Feb. 1961||First of four pilot issues for Aquaman. (I think that this is wrong. It should be Adventure Comics 260, 269, & 270 1959)|
|Super Friends Vol 1 #25||Oct, 1979||Why?|
|Superman #129||Y||May, 1959||Appearance of Lori Lemaris a mermaid|
|The Brave and the Bold #28||Y||March 1960||First gathering of DC’s superheroes as the Justice League of America.|
|The Brave and the Bold #34||Y||March 1961||First appearance of Silver Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl.|
|The Brave and the Bold #54||June 1965||First appearance of the Teen Titans.|
|The Flash #106||April 1959||First app of Grodd and Gorilla City|
|The Flash #123||Y||Sept. 1961||Reappearance of the Golden Age Flash. Introduction of Earth-Two.|
|Wonder Woman #59||May 1953||The first instance in a DC or Marvel comic where the title character manages to cross over into a parallel world. Reference in a magazine article “Worlds Collide: A History of Marvel and DC’s Multiverses”>|
|World’s Finest #113||Nov, 1960||First appearance of Bonnie King (Miss Arrowette)|