DC Collectibles

DC Collectibles is a division of DC Comics, the WarnerMedia subsidiary that publishes comic books and licenses characters such as Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. On 23 January 2019, DC Comics told its employees that DC Collectibles will be moved to the Warner Bros. Consumer Products division as part of a company-wide re-organization.[1]

DC Collectibles was previously called DC Direct from 1998 to 2012.[2] Prior to 1998, merchandise was branded with the DC Comics logo rather than with the DC Direct or DC Collectibles logos.

DC Collectibles produces statues, busts, action figures, props replicas, and art prints for the direct market, a distribution and retail network primarily serving comic book specialty stores.

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Second DC Collectibles logo, May 2016 - present
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First DC Collectibles logo, April 2012 - April 2016
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Second DC Direct logo
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First DC Direct logo

Statues and Busts

DC Collectibles has produced numerous statues, busts, and plastic (PVC) figures based on their characters. Previously, merchandise tended to be stand-alone releases, but over time, DC Collectibles has favored branded lines. Current statue lines include Batman: Black & White, Bombshells, Cover Girls, Battle Statues, the Designer Series, and Harley Quinn: Red, White, & Black.[3][4][5][6][7][8] DC Collectibles also makes statues based on characters appearing in DC Comics TV productions.[9]

DC Collectibles usually makes statues using cold-cast porcelain or polyresin, though the company has some history with PVC figures, such as the Ame-Comi line.[10] PVC statue lines include DC Artists Alley and DC Core figures.[11][12]

Over the years, DC Collectibles has released several "mini" busts which were typically less than 6-inches tall. Between 2008 and 2011, the company released eight 1/2-scale busts. DC Collectibles will release a life-size Joker bust designed by make-up artist Rick Baker in 2018.[13]

DC Gallery Props

DC Collectibles releases props based on objects that characters use in comics. Some of these props are life-size, such as Batman's utility belt, Joker's cane, Two-Face's coin, and Wonder Woman's tiara, bracelets, & lasso.[14][15][16][17] The DC Gallery line also includes high-end products that can be used practically, such as poker sets, chess sets, and bookends.[18][19][20][21]

Action figures

Beginning in 1998 with three figures from Mad Magazine, DC has released several hundred figures based on characters published by DC Comics, including those under the Vertigo and WildStorm imprints. Many of these action figures are in the 6- to 7-inch scale.

For the first several years, the most recognizable DC characters were not released. DC Direct focused on lesser-known characters and comic series designed for mature readers such as The Sandman, Preacher, and Transmetropolitan. Later, DC Direct increased its production of recognizable characters such as Batman, Superman, The Flash, Batgirl, Aquaman and Robin. Figures were first grouped randomly, then thematically and now in official "lines" that may be released over several years. The first three series in 1999 had variants for each figure, through the practice was quickly discontinued. DC Collectibles shares the licenses for many DC characters with other toy manufacturers, such as Mattel (which has the master toy license for all DC Comics properties)[22], but Vertigo figures are released only by DC Collectibles.[23]

While most figures have been released on blister cards, some have been available in boxes and a very few in clamshell packaging. There have also been several boxed sets featuring multiple characters or a character with a particularly large accessory.

Watchmen figures

There was a proposed series of figures based on Alan Moore's Watchmen that never got past the prototype phase. Rumored to be scheduled for release in July, 2001, a few of the figures were displayed at summer conventions: the Comedian, the Silk Spectre and Dr. Manhattan.[24] There were two different prototypes of Dr. Manhattan - one solid blue, one with a translucent chest. It is unclear if other characters such as Nite Owl, Ozymandias and Rorschach were to also receive figures. The proposed figures were to be part of a 15th anniversary celebration of the miniseries, as was a Watchmen hardcover. Moore and co-creator Dave Gibbons decided not to participate in any promotional activities, in part because of a long-standing dispute over merchandising for the series.[25]

In February 2018, DC Collectibles announced that they would finally release figures based on Watchmen characters in print, specifically the Doomsday Clock story arc.[26]

See also

References

  1. ^ https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/dc-lays-3-percent-workforce-1178694
  2. ^ http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2012/04/11/dc-direct-re-launches-as-dc-collectibles-expands-online-offerings
  3. ^ https://www.dccomics.com/collectibles/batman-black-white-the-batman-who-laughs
  4. ^ https://www.dccomics.com/collectibles/dc-bombshells-batman-catwoman-deluxe-statue
  5. ^ https://www.dccomics.com/blog/2018/04/06/c2e2-superstar-artist-jo%C3%ABlle-jones-reveals-new-dc-cover-girls-statue-on-dc-universe
  6. ^ https://www.dccomics.com/collectibles/batman-vs-the-joker-laff-co-battle-statue
  7. ^ https://www.dccomics.com/collectibles/dc-designer-series-superman-by-jim-lee-statue
  8. ^ https://www.dccomics.com/collectibles/harley-quinn-red-white-black-harley-quinn-by-michael-turner-statue
  9. ^ https://www.dccomics.com/collectibles/dctv-black-lightning-statue
  10. ^ http://comicsalliance.com/dc-collectibles-vault-from-the-vault-poll/
  11. ^ https://www.dccomics.com/blog/2017/05/19/dc-collectibles-artists-alley
  12. ^ https://www.dccomics.com/collectibles/dc-core-wonder-woman-pvc-statue
  13. ^ https://www.dccomics.com/collectibles/dc-gallery-the-joker-11-bust-by-rick-baker-ultimate-edition
  14. ^ https://www.previewsworld.com/Catalog/FEB140311
  15. ^ https://www.dccomics.com/collectibles/dc-gallery-the-joker-cane-prop
  16. ^ https://www.dccomics.com/collectibles/dc-gallery-two-face-coin-prop
  17. ^ https://www.dccomics.com/collectibles/dc-gallery-wonder-woman-bracelets-with-lasso-and-tiara-prop
  18. ^ https://www.previewsworld.com/Catalog/MAR140313
  19. ^ https://www.previewsworld.com/Catalog/MAR140301
  20. ^ https://www.previewsworld.com/Catalog/DEC140429
  21. ^ https://www.previewsworld.com/Catalog/APR170469
  22. ^ "Mattel Wins Master Toy License For DC Comics". Action Figure Insider. June 28, 2007. Retrieved April 20, 2008.
  23. ^ TJ Dietsch (April 19, 2008). "Mattel, two of the Four Horsemen and DC talks DC Universe Super Heroes, Infinite Heroes and much, much more". Toys. Archived from the original on April 21, 2008. Retrieved April 20, 2008.
  24. ^ "DC Direct". 411 Games. July 28, 2000. Retrieved April 20, 2008.
  25. ^ "No Watchmen Edition, Figures". Comic Continuum News. August 25, 2000. Retrieved April 20, 2008.
  26. ^ https://www.previewsworld.com/Article/207621-Toy-Fair-2018-Doomsday-Clock-Action-Figures-from-DC-Collectibles

External links

Further reading

  • Zenker, Gary (2013). Ultimate DC Comics Action Figures and Collectibles Checklist. White Lightning Publishing. ISBN 978-0989334471.
Adam Hughes

Adam Hughes (born May 5, 1967) is an American comics artist and illustrator best known to American comic book readers for his renderings of pinup-style female characters, and his cover work on titles such as Wonder Woman and Catwoman. He is known as one of comics' foremost cheesecake artists, and one of the best known and distinctive comic book cover artists. Throughout his career Hughes has provided illustration work for companies such as DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Lucasfilm, Warner Bros. Pictures, Playboy magazine, Joss Whedon's Mutant Enemy Productions, and Sideshow Collectibles. He is also a fixture at comics conventions where his commissioned sketches command long lines.

Batman Black and White

Batman Black and White refers to the comic book limited series published by DC Comics featuring 8-page black-and-white Batman stories. Vol. 1 and 4 of the series feature all-new stories (published in 1996 and 2013–14 respectively), while vol. 2 and 3 contain stories from the backup feature of the Batman: Gotham Knights comic book.

Black Manta

Black Manta (David Hyde) is a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Bob Haney and Nick Cardy, the character was introduced in Aquaman #35 (September 1967) as a ruthless and murderous underwater-based mercenary, and has since endured as the archenemy of the superhero Aquaman.The character has been substantially adapted from the comics into various forms of media, including several cartoon television series, animated movies, and video games. Black Manta made his live-action cinematic debut in the 2018 DC Extended Universe film Aquaman, portrayed by actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

Black Mask (comics)

Black Mask (Roman Sionis) is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Doug Moench and Tom Mandrake, he made his first appearance in Batman #386 (August, 1985). The character is commonly depicted as a brutal and ruthless crime lord in Gotham City who has a fixation with masks and derives sadistic pleasure from the act of torture. Black Mask is one of the most enduring enemies of the superhero Batman and belongs to the collective of adversaries that make up his rogues gallery.The character has been substantially adapted from the comics into various forms of media, including the cartoon television series The Batman, the animated film Batman: Under the Red Hood, and the Batman: Arkham video game franchise. Black Mask will make his live-action cinematic debut in the DC Extended Universe film Birds of Prey, portrayed by Ewan McGregor.

Bombshell

Bombshell may refer to:

Bombshell (sex symbol), a sexually attractive woman

Bomb, an explosive device

Shell (projectile), a payload-carrying projectile

DC Comics

DC Comics, Inc. is an American comic book publisher. It is the publishing unit of DC Entertainment, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. since 1967. DC Comics is one of the largest and oldest American comic book companies, and produces material featuring numerous culturally iconic heroic characters including: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Nightwing, Green Arrow, Aquaman, Hawkman, Cyborg and Supergirl.

Most of their material takes place in the fictional DC Universe, which also features teams such as the Justice League, the Justice Society of America, the Suicide Squad, and the Teen Titans, and well-known villains such as The Joker, Lex Luthor, Catwoman, Darkseid, Sinestro, Brainiac, Black Adam, Ra's al Ghul and Deathstroke. The company has also published non-DC Universe-related material, including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and many titles under their alternative imprint Vertigo.

The initials "DC" came from the company's popular series Detective Comics, which featured Batman's debut and subsequently became part of the company's name. Originally in Manhattan at 432 Fourth Avenue, the DC Comics offices have been located at 480 and later 575 Lexington Avenue; 909 Third Avenue; 75 Rockefeller Plaza; 666 Fifth Avenue; and 1325 Avenue of the Americas. DC had its headquarters at 1700 Broadway, Midtown Manhattan, New York City, but it was announced in October 2013 that DC Entertainment would relocate its headquarters from New York to Burbank, California in April 2015.Random House distributes DC Comics' books to the bookstore market, while Diamond Comic Distributors supplies the comics shop specialty market. DC Comics and its longtime major competitor Marvel Comics (acquired in 2009 by The Walt Disney Company, WarnerMedia's main competitor) together shared approximately 70% of the American comic book market in 2017.

DC Comics Bombshells

DC Comics Bombshells refers to a line of figurines released by DC Collectibles depicting DC Comics superheroines in a retro 1940s look based on designs by Ant Lucia. The line has further expanded to encompass variant covers of DC Comicsand licensed memorabilia such as art prints, T-shirts, mugs and their own ongoing comic book.

Firefly (DC Comics)

Firefly (Garfield Lynns) is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by France Herron and Dick Sprang, he made his debut in Detective Comics #184 (June 1952). Initially portrayed as a criminal who utilized lighting effects to commit robberies, Firefly was later re-imagined as a sociopathic pyromaniac with an obsessive compulsion to start fires following Crisis on Infinite Earths' reboot of the DC Universe in the 1980s. This darker depiction of the character has since endured as one of the superhero Batman's most recurring enemies and belongs to the collective of adversaries that make up his central rogues gallery.Firefly has been featured in various forms of media, including several shows set within the DC animated universe, The Batman cartoon series, The CW's live-action television series Arrow, and the Batman: Arkham video game franchise.

Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn (full name: Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, MD) is a fictional villain appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, and first appeared in Batman: The Animated Series in September 1992. She later appeared in DC Comics's Batman comic books, with the character's first comic book appearance in The Batman Adventures #12 (September 1993). In her depictions she has been portrayed as a Physician Psychiatrist (MD) and as a Psychologist (PhD). Medical Doctor (MD) physician being the more accurate label as she can prescribe medications and sees patients in an asylum wearing a white lab coat.

Harley Quinn is a frequent accomplice and lover of the Joker, whom she met while working as an intern Psychiatrist at Gotham City's Arkham Asylum, where the Joker was a patient. Her name is a play on the name "Harlequin", a character which originated in commedia dell'arte. The character has teamed up with fellow villains the Catwoman and Poison Ivy several times, the trio being known as the Gotham City Sirens. Poison Ivy is known to be a close friend and recurring ally of Harley, even being depicted as her girlfriend in recent comics. Since The New 52, she is now depicted as an antihero and has left her past as a supervillain behind. However, she is still depicted as a supervillain at times. Harley Quinn has also been depicted as a member of the Suicide Squad.

Hunter Zolomon

Hunter Zolomon, otherwise known as Zoom, is a fictional supervillain appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. The second character to assume the Reverse-Flash mantle, he serves as the archenemy of Wally West (the third superhero to be called the Flash).

In 2009, IGN ranked Zoom as the 37th Greatest Comic Book Villain Of All Time. The character made his live-action debut on The CW's television series The Flash, portrayed by Teddy Sears while voiced by Tony Todd.

Jonathan Samuel Kent

Jonathan Samuel Kent (also known as Jon Kent and Jonathan Kent) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Dan Jurgens, the character first appeared in Convergence: Superman #2 (July 2015). He is the son of Superman/Clark Kent and Lois Lane and is the newest character in the DC Universe to assume the superhero persona of Superboy.

Joseph Menna

Joseph F. Menna is an American sculptor and engraver who has worked in both digital and traditional sculpture media.

Joëlle Jones

Joëlle Jones is an American comic book artist and writer. She is best known for creating Lady Killer, a series published in 2015–2017 by Dark Horse Comics.Jones was born in 1980 in Boise, Idaho and grew up there. She attended the Pacific Northwest College of Art to study oil painting. She left school to pursue comic book illustration. She stayed in the Portland, Oregon area for several years, where she worked as a freelance artist for Dark Horse Comics and Oni Press.Jones is currently based in California.

List of DC Collectibles action figures

The following is a list of the various action figures that have been released by DC Collectibles (formerly known as DC Direct between 1998 and 2012).Batman: Arkham City: Series 2, released on April 25, 2012, was the final series released with the DC Direct branding.

Merlyn (DC Comics)

Merlyn (Arthur King), otherwise known as the Dark Archer, is a fictional supervillain appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. He is a deadly bow-wielding assassin and contract killer who serves as the archenemy of Green Arrow, though writers have developed him over the years as an adversary of other superheroes in the DC Universe as well, such as Batman and Black Canary.

In 2012, the character made his live-action debut on The CW's television series Arrow, portrayed by actor John Barrowman.

Red Hood

The Red Hood is an alias used by multiple fictional characters and a criminal organization in comic books published by DC Comics. Jason Todd is the most widely known character to use this persona, and he assumes the Red Hood identity in the main DC Comics continuity.

Wintergreen (comics)

William Randolph Wintergreen is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by DC Comics, often depicted as an associate of Slade Wilson (the supervillain Deathstroke). Although Wintergreen lacked Slade's superhuman physical attributes, he possessed far more combat experience and thus acted as Wilson's mentor.

A re-imagined version of the character has appeared on The CW's live-action television series Arrow, where he is portrayed by stunt performer Jeffrey C. Robinson as the show's first incarnation of Deathstroke.

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