The DC Comics Universe (DCU) is populated with a myriad of memorable characters. The DC Comics Encyclopedia presents as many of these as possible, and Roll Call spotlights some of the more notable players who round out that rich and diverse DCU.
Green Arrow has undergone many changes since his first appearance in 1941. On his debut, Green Arrow, aka Oliver Queen, was part of a crime-fighting duo with teen sidekick Speedy (Roy Harper). He not only used trick arrows to combat criminals, but also drove an arrow-shaped car and operated from the Arrow Cave. His physical appearance was more like the traditional Hollywood image of Robin Hood,
As if cursed by his name, Jonah Hex's life was blighted by bad luck. Born in 1839, he was the son of a brutal drunk and his meek wife. Abandoned by his mother, Hex was sold by his father to an Apache tribe. He was raised as an Apache until a jealous rival, Noh-Tante, betrayed him.
To say Harley Quinn is a little bit disturbed is putting it mildly. Dangerously psychotic with an ever-changing focus in life, Harley has been a psychiatrist, the Joker's lethal sidekick, a key member of a secret government-sponsored strike force, a Brooklyn landlady, a roller derby champion, a burlesque dancer, a nurse, and even a wannabe Super Hero for a brief time.
"You know who I am. Who the world needs me to be. I'm Wonder Woman."
The Joker possesses what must arguably be the most dangerous criminal mind on the planet. With no moral compass to speak of, and a sick sense of humor that derives job from witnessing the pain of others, the notorious Clown Prince of Crime is the smiling foil to the Batman's grim and serious demeanor.
After Doctor Magnus discovered the Metal Men were intended to be assassins, they rebelled, seeking refuge in his home. Another one of his responsometers, stolen by a thief and dropped into a vat of chemicals, created the toxic monster Chemo. When the creature attacked them, the Metal Men sacrificed themselves to destroy it.
From the outset, Wonder Woman has been portrayed as a complex amalgamation of feminist icon and glamorous heroine. Over the years, the character has been a vital touchstone for comics' portrayal of women. She has also generally been know for her ability to find nonlethal solutions, even in the midst of bloody battles.
Revamped, redesigned, and fully updated to include the New 52 and Rebirth storylines, this is the definitive and indispensable guide to the characters and worlds of the DC Comics Universe.
Created in full collaboration with DC Comics, this comprehensive reference book has The Washington Post saying, "The DC Comics Encyclopedia is a must." Formatted in an easy-to use A-to-Z layout, this guide is packed with information and thrilling comic book art and features more than 1,100 characters including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Joker, and much more.
The DC Comics Encyclopedia All-New Edition brings everything up to date, providing an accessible, compelling, and lavishly illustrated guide to the dynamics of the DC Comics Universe.
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Matthew K. Manning has contributed to over 40 books and comic books, including DK's Batman™: A Visual History, DC Comics: A Visual History, and DC Comics: Year by Year. He lives with his family in Asheville, North Carolina.
Alex Irvine is a former English professor and author of over 30 books and comic books. He lives in South Portland, Maine.