Exactly 1 year ago today dcinthe80s.tumblr.com posted it’s first blog entry. I’d like to thank all of the fans for getting us this far.
A little bit about us:
Like just about anything else created on the blogosphere after 2010, DCinthe80s is standing on the shoulders of giants: the DCinthe80s journey started several years ago upon the discovery of comingsuperattractions.blogspot.ca, who posted house ads from DC publications throughout the last 6+ decades. Unfortunately, they ceased updating their blog in February 2009.
Jason Shayer's Marvel Comics of the 1980s blog kept us enthralled for hours/days/weeks with his Marvel comics house ads, original art, and ‘anatomy of a cover’ features - but alas, why was there no ‘DC Comics of the 80s’ blog? And hence, this DCinthe80s was born. At the time of our first post, we weren’t the only DC blog at the time*, but we were the only ones to focus exclusively on DC comics of the 80s. Jason Shayer would later create a DC comics of the 80s blog which would contain original art, house ads and the ‘anatomy of a cover’ feature - totally worth checking out.
This blog simply started as posts of house ads that appeared in DC publications during the 1980s, but slowly began to evolve into mini-essays as we began to research the origin of the title, how readers enjoyed it, and whatever happened to it. It was also very interesting to note what kind of internal politics were occurring at the offices of DC comics at the time. Our mission was to uncover the “hidden story” behind the story - so to speak. You’ll notice that we put a lot of emphasis on the writers and editors of the titles, as we feel that they are the unsung heroes of the comic book industry (actually, that’s a lie - the real unsung heroes are the inkers, letterers and colorists - but we’ll cover that some other day).
That being said, we are a very small operation who submit articles to this blog on our free time. Our main sources for our info are various fanzines, back issues of comic journals, various internet sources (that we always reference on our facebook page), the letter columns of the issues we are reviewing (yes, we actually read the source material) and, sometimes, good ol’ fashion speculation and gumption. If you ever notice an error, please do not hesitate to correct us (preferably by e-mail or private message). We like to give credit where credit is due.
The goal of this blog is two-fold: 1) celebrate and 2) raise awareness about DC publications from the 1980s. DC comics is a business, and if enough people are enthusiastic about DC publications from the 1980s, we may be able to inspire a revival (wishful thinking) or at least reprints of previously uncollected material from the 1980s.
For the record, we are not anti-Marvel or anti-Eclipse or anti-anything. We are not so naive as to believe that nothing else good came of the 1980s (in terms of comic book publications). We are not a “Make Mine DC or Nothing” blog. Additionally, while Superman, Batman, Teen Titans and the Legion of Super-Heroes may have been the more popular characters/titles of the 1980s, we like to spotlight the lesser-known/obscure characters/titles of the 1980s. At DCinthe 80s, all the titles get fair exposure (providing we have the house ad for them).
So far we’ve piloted a DC in the 80s google+ community, but it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, so it’s on hiatus at the moment. Same idea with the DC in the 80s wordpress site. (This might change if we suddenly get a huge influx of google+ or wordpress followers.) In the meanwhile, we are aiming to put more effort into bringing you quality articles. Our DC in the 80s twitter account is active and is often tweeting whatever new posts have been made to the facebook page.
We may be getting a new senior editor in March, so that’s something we are excited for. How long will this blog be going on for? Well, until we run out of house ads or until we’ve reviewed every publication DC has printed between 1979 to 1989 - whichever comes first. Hopefully we will have reminded/introduced you to a 1980s title you may have all but forgotten about.
How can you help?
We don’t want you money, we want your memories. Share these posts. Re-blog them back to us with your memories and/or opinions of the comic/house ad/title/article. We want to hear feedback. There is no such thing as a bad opinion (unless you are thrashing us, of course - we’re only doing this for the love of comics).
Thank you for a great year.
*Shout outs to: