This month in DC Comics history

All the talk this month is about Superman month with his 75th anniversary and Man of Steel coming to theaters next week.  For something different for the comic fans, I thought it would be interesting each month to look back at what happened each month thru the DC Comics years.  For the month of June in DC Comic history:

5 years ago this month:  Tiny Titans was released

15 years ago this month:  Green Lantern Emerald Knights begins and Identity Crisis and Superman Red/Superman Blue concluded.

20 years ago this month:  Adventures of Superman #500 by Jerry Ordway, Tom Grummett, and Doug Hazlewood, Action Comics with #687 resumed after “The Death of Superman” and “Funeral for a Friend”, and Justice League Europe changed to Justice League International with issue #51.

30 years ago this month:  Action Comics #544 the anniversary issue with origins of a revamped Lex Luthor by Cary Bates and Curt Swan as well as Brainiac by Marv Wolfman and Gil Kane.  Also Adventure Comics #500 was released with 148 pages with reprints of Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes #305-313.  Legion of Super-Heroes #300 anniversary issue came out with the Legion drawn by over 20 different artists.  Finally Weird War Tales‘s final issue #124 came out.

35 years ago this month:  “DC Explosion” was still going on and DC increased it titles’ page count to 25 story pages which lead to an increase of a comic book price from 35 cents to 50 cents.  Also Batman #300 “The Last Batman Story” was released by David Reed, Walt Simonson, and Dick Giordano.

40 years ago this month:  Detective Comics beginning with issue #435 began a bimonthly schedule and Doom Patrol vol 1 cancelled with issue #125.

55 years ago this month:  In Action Comics #241 “The Super-Key to Fort Superman”, the Fortress of Solitude debuted.

75 years ago this month, Action Comics #1 debuted with Superman.
Finally from the 1976 DC Comics Calender for June 1976:

1: Birthday of Carter Hall (golden age Hawkman)

3: Birthday of Salu Digby (Shrinking Violet)

4: Birthday of Mark Mardon (Weather Wizard)

6: James W. Gordon graduates from law school

8: Murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne (Batman’s parents) [1976 Super DC Calendar; placed on June 26 in Batman Special #1 (1984) — both Pre-Crisis]

9: Birthday of Capt. Johnny Cloud of The Losers

11: SUPERMAN DAY. Anniversary of his debut as Superboy

12: Harvey Dent becomes Two-Face

16: Krypton blows up

18: “Birthday” of Clark Kent. Anniversary of the day he landed on Earth [Pre-Crisis version; Post-Crisis Clark Kent’s “birthday” is in November]

19: Birthday of Shayera Thal (Hawkgirl II / Hawkwoman)

22: Birthday of Hartley Rathaway, alias Thomas Peterson and Henry Darrow (Pied Piper)

23: Superman’s first battle with Terra-Man

24: Accident in Luthor’s lab gives his sister Lena ESP powers

25: The Kents adopt Superbaby, name him Clark.

26: Murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne (Batman’s parents) [Batman Special #1 (1984); placed on June 8 in 1976 Super DC Calendar — both Pre-Crisis]

27: Aquaman marries Mera

” : Murder of John & Mary Grayson (Robin’s parents) [Post-Zero Hour version; July 15 in Pre-Crisis version; Halloween in Post-Crisis version]

28: Wing (Crimson Avenger’s partner) dies to save Earth

” : JSA and allies are bathed in Ian Karkull’s chronal radiation, prolonging their lives and keep them vital for many years (1941)

29: Krypto lands on Earth

30: Perry White hires Clark Kent


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Source:  Wikipedia & DC Calendar