Fifty Who Made DC Great is a one shot published by DC Comics to commemorate the company's 50th anniversary in 1985. It was published in comic book format but contained text articles with photographs and background caricatures.
|Fifty Who Made DC Great|
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|Written by||Joey Cavalieri|
As explained by DC's then-President and Publisher Jenette Kahn, the profiles were of "fifty people and companies who have helped make DC Comics great." Kahn stated "[W]e have chosen representatives from those who have pioneered new territory and who, by doing so, have shaped our past or our future." The articles were written by Barry Marx, Thomas Hill, and Joey Cavalieri and caricatures were provided by Steven Petruccio. Barry Marx was also the book's editor. Neal Pozner was the design director. The cover art, featuring Clark Kent holding the "DC Bullet", was drawn by Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson, and Arne Starr.
|M. C. Gaines||publisher||co-owner of National Allied Publications|
|Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson||writer, entrepreneur||founder of National Allied Publications, the precursor company to DC Comics|
|Harry Donenfeld||publisher||co-owner of National Allied Publications|
|Jack Liebowitz||publisher||co-owner of National Allied Publications|
|Jerry Siegel||writer||co-creator of Superman|
|Joe Shuster||artist||co-creator of Superman|
|Bob Kane||writer, artist||co-creator of Batman|
|Bill Finger||writer||co-creator of Batman|
|Warner Publishing Services||distribution company||DC sister company responsible for newsstand distribution, formerly known as Independent News Company, Inc.|
|Sheldon Mayer||writer, artist, editor||creator of Sugar and Spike|
|Sol Harrison||executive||DC's President 1976-1980|
|Erwin M. "Bud" Budner||distribution agent||founder of Delmar News Agency|
|Gardner Fox||writer||co-creator of the Justice Society of America and the Justice League of America|
|William Moulton Marston||writer||co-creator of Wonder Woman with his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston|
|Emile Keirsbilk||publisher||publisher of DC Comics in France|
|Carroll Rheinstrom||publishing agent||responsible for licensing DC's international publishing rights|
|Fleischer Studios||animation studio||produced the 1940s Superman cartoons|
|Bud Collyer||actor||portrayed Superman in the Adventures of Superman radio program|
|Kirk Alyn||actor||portrayed Superman in the 1948 film serial Superman, and its 1950 sequel Atom Man Vs. Superman|
|Mort Weisinger||editor||editor of Superman during the mid-1950s to 1970; co-creator of Aquaman, Green Arrow, and Johnny Quick.|
|Whitney Ellsworth||writer, editor||producer and story editor on the Adventures of Superman television series.|
|George Reeves||actor||portrayed Superman in the Adventures of Superman television series|
|Wayne Boring||artist||artist on Superman from the late 1940s through the 1950s.|
|Curt Swan||artist||artist most associated with Superman during the Silver and Bronze Ages of comic books.|
|Bernard Trout||editor||editor of DC Comics in France|
|World Color Press||printing company||In 1985, the largest player in the comic and newsstand special-interest publication market.|
|Robert Kanigher||writer, editor||co-creator of Sgt. Rock|
|Julius Schwartz||editor||oversaw the revival of characters such as the Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, and the Atom; longtime editor of the Batman and Superman comic book lines|
|Jerry Bails||popular culturist||a primary force in establishing 1960s comics fandom.|
|Roy Thomas||writer, editor||co-creator of All-Star Squadron and Infinity, Inc.|
|Adam West||actor||portrayed Batman in the 1960s television series|
|Burt Ward||actor||portrayed Robin in the Batman television series|
|Licensing Company of America||licensing company||merchandising rights for DC's characters|
|Carmine Infantino||artist, executive||co-creator of the Silver Age Flash; editorial director and publisher|
|Neal Adams||artist||artist of Batman and Green Lantern/Green Arrow features of the 1970s|
|Denny O'Neil||writer, editor||writer of Batman and Green Lantern/Green Arrow features of the 1970s|
|Adolf Kabatek||publisher||publisher of DC Comics in Germany|
|Hanna-Barbera Productions||animation studio||producer of the Super Friends television series|
|Ilya Salkind||film producer||co-producer of the Superman film series|
|Alexander Salkind||film producer||co-producer of the Superman film series|
|Christopher Reeve||actor||portrayed Superman in the film series|
|Lynda Carter||actress||portrayed Wonder Woman in the 1970s television series|
fan convention organizer
|developed the concept of the direct market distribution system for getting comics directly into comic book specialty shops|
|Bud Plant||distributor||early direct market distributor|
|Marv Wolfman||writer, editor||co-creator of the New Teen Titans, writer of Crisis on Infinite Earths|
|George Pérez||artist||co-creator of the New Teen Titans, artist of Crisis on Infinite Earths|
|Frank Miller||writer, artist||creator of Ronin|
|Helen Slater||actress||portrayed Supergirl in the 1984 film|
|Superman Peanut Butter||product||DC's first food related licence|
|Kenner Products||toy manufacturer||manufacturer of the Super Powers Collection toyline|
Brief statements made by several prominent individuals were included as "Celebrity Reminiscences". These included comments by Daniel P. Moynihan, Richard Corben, Ray Bradbury, Gloria Steinem, Mort Walker, Milton Glaser, Walter Koenig, Gene Siskel, Stephen King, Gene Simmons, Jim Henson, David L. Wolper, Stan Lee, Susan Stamberg, Roger Ebert, Brooke Shields, Carol Bellamy, and Whoopi Goldberg.
Fifty Who Made DC Great has been used as a cited reference source for several books. Among these are the following:
The Federal Trade Commission has set aside 1960 orders against Warner Publisher Services, Inc. (formerly, Independent News Company, Inc.).
Alexander Salkind (; 2 June 1921 – 8 March 1997) was the second of three generations of successful international film producers.Bob Kane
Robert Kane (born Robert Kahn ; October 24, 1915 – November 3, 1998) was an American comic book writer and artist who co-created, with Bill Finger, the DC Comics character Batman. He was inducted into the comic book industry's Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1994 and into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1996.Bud Collyer
Bud Collyer (born Clayton Johnson Heermance Jr., June 18, 1908 – September 8, 1969) was an American radio actor/announcer who became one of the nation's first major television game show stars. He is best remembered for his work as the first host of the TV game shows Beat the Clock and To Tell the Truth, but he was also famous in the roles of Clark Kent/Superman on radio and in animated cartoons, initially in theatrical short subjects and later on television.Bud Plant Inc.
Bud Plant was a wholesale comics distributor active in the 1970s and 1980s during the growth of the direct market. He also published a selection of comics and zines during the same period. Starting in 1970 as a mail-order distributor specializing in underground comix, Plant absorbed some of his smaller rivals in the 1980s, and then sold his business to Diamond Comics Distributors in 1988.Burt Ward
Burt Ward (born Bert John Gervis Jr. , July 6, 1945) is an American actor and activist best known for his portrayal of Robin, the sidekick of Batman (played by Adam West), in the television series Batman (1966–1968), its theatrical feature film, the 1977 Saturday Morning animated series The New Adventures of Batman, Legends of the Superheroes (1979), and two animated feature films, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016) and Batman vs. Two-Face (2017).Harry Donenfeld
Harry Donenfeld (; October 17, 1893 – February 1, 1965) was an American publisher who is known primarily for being the owner of National Allied Publications, which distributed Detective Comics and Action Comics, the originator publications for the superhero characters Superman and Batman. Donenfeld was also a founder of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.Helen Slater
Helen Rachel Slater (born December 15, 1963) is an American actress, singer and songwriter. She played the title role in the 1984 film Supergirl, and returned to the 2015 TV series of the same name, this time as Supergirl's adoptive mother. In the following years, she starred in several comedy-drama films such as Ruthless People (1986), The Secret of My Success (1987), and City Slickers (1991). She additionally found work as an actress in television, and stage projects, including three guest appearances on the series Smallville (2007–2010). She was a series regular for the two-season run (2011–2013) on the ABC Family series The Lying Game.
In the 2000s, Slater recorded five albums, singing her own compositions and playing the piano.Independent News
Independent News Co. was a magazine and comic book distribution business owned by National Periodical Publications, the parent company of DC Comics. Independent News distributed all DC publications, as well as those of a few rival publishers, such as Marvel Comics from 1957 to 1969, in addition to pulp and popular magazines. The company was founded in 1932 and operated until c. 1970.Jack Liebowitz
Jacob S. "Jack" Liebowitz (; born Yacov Lebovitz October 10, 1900 – December 11, 2000) was an American accountant and publisher, known primarily as the co-owner with Harry Donenfeld of National Allied Publications (later DC Comics).Joey Cavalieri
Joey Cavalieri is an American writer and editor of comic books. He is best known for his work on the characters Green Arrow and the Huntress for DC Comics.Kenner Products
Kenner Products was an American toy company founded in 1946. Throughout its history the Kenner brand produced several highly recognizable toys and merchandise lines, including action figures like the original series of Star Wars and Jurassic Park, as well as die cast models. The company was closed by its corporate parent Hasbro in 2000.Lynda Carter
Lynda Carter (born Linda Jean Córdova Carter; July 24, 1951) is an American actress, singer, songwriter, model, and beauty pageant titleholder, who was crowned Miss World America 1972. She would go on to finish as a semifinalist in the Miss World 1972 pageant.
Carter is most widely known as the star of the American live action television series Wonder Woman, in the role of Diana Prince / Wonder Woman, based on the DC comic book fictional superheroine character of the same name, which aired on ABC and later on CBS from 1975 to 1979.Max Gaines
Maxwell Charles Gaines (born Max Ginzberg September 21, 1894 – August 20, 1947) was a pioneering figure in the creation of the modern comic book.In 1933, Gaines devised the first four-color, saddle-stitched newsprint pamphlet, a precursor to the color-comics format that became the standard for the American comic book industry. He was co-publisher of All-American Publications, a seminal comic-book company that introduced such enduring fictional characters as Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and Hawkman. He went on to found Educational Comics, producing the series Picture Stories from the Bible. He authored one of the earliest essays on comic books, a 1942 pamphlet titled Narrative Illustration, The Story of the Comics.
After Gaines' death in 1947, Educational Comics was taken over by his son Bill Gaines, who transformed the company (now known as EC Comics) into a pioneer of horror, science fiction, and satirical comics.Mort Weisinger
Mortimer "Mort" Weisinger (; April 25, 1915 – May 7, 1978) was an American magazine and comic book editor best known for editing DC Comics' Superman during the mid-1950s to 1960s, in the Silver Age of comic books. He also co-created such features as Aquaman, Green Arrow, Johnny Quick, and the original Vigilante, served as story editor for the Adventures of Superman television series, and compiled the often-revised paperback 1001 Valuable Things You Can Get Free.Phil Seuling
Philip Nicholas Seuling (January 20, 1934 – August 21, 1984) was a comic book fan convention organizer and comics distributor primarily active in the 1970s. Seuling was the organizer of the annual New York Comic Art Convention, originally held in New York City every July 4 weekend throughout the 1970s. Later, with his Sea Gate Distributors company, Seuling developed the concept of the direct market distribution system for getting comics directly into comic book specialty shops, bypassing the then established newspaper/magazine distributor method, where no choices of title, quantity, or delivery directions were permitted.Sol Harrison
Sol Harrison (1917 – November 19, 1989) was an American comic book colorist, production manager, and executive whose career spanned nearly 50 years in the industry.Superman (1940s cartoons)
The Fleischer Superman cartoons are a series of seventeen animated short films released in Technicolor by Paramount Pictures and based upon the comic book character Superman, making them his first animated appearance.
They were originally produced by Fleischer Studios, who completed the initial short and eight further cartoons in 1941 and 1942. Production was assumed in May 1942 by Famous Studios, a successor company to Fleischer, who produced eight more cartoons in 1942 and 1943. Superman was the final animated series intitiated by Fleischer Studios, before Famous Studios officially took over production.Although all entries are in the public domain, ancillary rights such as merchandising contract rights, as well as the original 35mm master elements, are owned today by Warner Bros. Entertainment. Warner has owned Superman publisher DC Comics since 1969.Whitney Ellsworth
Fredric Whitney Ellsworth (November 27, 1908 – September 7, 1980) was an American comic book editor, and sometime writer and artist for DC Comics during the period known to historians and fans as the Golden Age of Comic Books. He was also DC's "movie studio contact," becoming both a producer and story editor on the TV series The Adventures of Superman.William Moulton Marston
William Moulton Marston (May 9, 1893 – May 2, 1947), also known by the pen name Charles Moulton (), was an American psychologist, inventor of an early prototype of the lie detector, self-help author, and comic book writer who created the character Wonder Woman.Two women, his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston, and their polyamorous life partner, Olive Byrne, greatly influenced Wonder Woman's creation.He was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2006.