Dian Belmont

Dian Belmont is a fictional DC Comics character, associated with the golden age Sandman, a socialite and amateur detective, she assisted Sandman on most of his adventures as his aide and confidant. She made her first appearance in Adventure Comics #47 (February 1940), created by Gardner Fox and Ogden Whitney.[1]

Dian Belmont
Dian Belmont
Dian from Sandman Mystery Theatre. Art by Guy Davis.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceAdventure Comics # 47
(February 1940)
Created byGardner Fox
Ogden Whitney
In-story information
Team affiliationsJustice Society of America
Supporting character ofSandman
Notable aliasesSandy the Golden Girl, Woman in Evening Clothes

Fictional character biography

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Dian from her first appearance in her "Woman in Evening Clothes" guise. Art by Ogden Whitney.


In Dian Belmont's first adventure she was originally a thief named the Woman in Evening Clothes whom Sandman foiled a robbery by.[2] After a few more stories her past as a gentlewoman thief was entirely forgotten and she now became the rich socialite girlfriend of Wesley Dodds and a fellow detective in his guise as Sandman. A distinction between Dian and most other superhero girlfriends was that Dian was fully aware of Wesley's Sandman identity and was a constant aid in his war on crime and less a damsel in distress. in Adventure Comics #69 (December 1941) Sandman was given a new look and sidekick in Sandy the Golden Boy, Dian disappeared from the strip and would not make an appearance for several decades until it was explained that Sandy was her nephew and that she had died sometime before the Second World War.[3][4]

Post Crisis and Sandman Mystery Theatre

Starting in Sandman Mystery Theatre Dian Belmont's history is altered. Dian and Wesley relationship is now modeled on Nick and Nora Charles of The Thin Man with a more lighthearted rapport between the two but a much more mature view of their personal relationship. Dian's father is the District Attorney and she in now seen as a flighty party girl who after an encounter with the Sandman joins in his fight against crime. In later adventures Dian jokingly refers to herself as Sandy due to a comic that she read about a fictionalized version of herself and Wesley (in itself based on the golden age adventures of Sandman and Sandy).[5] In her twilight years Dian Belmont became an award winning crime novelist and attracted such high profile fans as Jack Knight, also known as Starman, helping him solve one of his crimes. Dian died of natural causes and was later joined by Wesley soon after.[6]


  1. ^ http://www.comics.org/issue/669/
  2. ^ Adventure Comics # 47 (February 1940)
  3. ^ Thomas, Roy (w), Gonzales, Adrian (p), Hoberg, Rick (i), D'Angelo, Gene (col), Costanza, John (let), Wein, Len (ed). "Vengeance from Valhalla!" All-Star Squadron 18 (February 1982), New York, NY: DC Comics
  4. ^ Beatty, Scott (2008). "Sandman Wesley Dodds". In Dougall, Alastair. The DC Comics Encyclopedia. London: Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 0-7566-4119-5.
  5. ^ The Blackhawk and the Return of the Scarlet Ghost (by Matt Wagner and Steven T. Seagle, with art by Matthew Smith and Guy Davis, collects #45–52, 224 pages, April 2010, ISBN 978-1-4012-2583-4
  6. ^ JSA # 1 (August 1999)
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She is known for her involvement with the Justice League, her retconned childhood association with Batman, and her crossing of the Vertigo line with characters such as romantic partner John Constantine.

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