The Brave and the Bold is a comic book series published by DC Comics as an ongoing series from 1955 to 1983. It was followed by a mini-series in 1991 and 1999, and was revived as an ongoing title in 2007. The focus of the series has varied over time, but it most commonly features team-ups of characters from across the DC Universe.
|The Brave and the Bold|
|Format||(vol. 1 and 3)|
(Flash and Green Lantern:...)
|Publication date||(vol. 1)|
August–September 1955 – July 1983
December 1991 – June 1992
(Flash and Green Lantern:...)
October 1999 – March
|No. of issues||(vol. 1): 200|
(vol. 2 and Flash and Green Lantern:...): 6 each
(vol. 3): 35
|Main character(s)||(vol. 1)|
Many characters until Batman and a rotation of DC Universe characters with #50
Green Arrow, the Question, and the Butcher
(Flash and Green Lantern:...)
Flash, Green Lantern
Rotating characters from the DCU
|The Brave and the Bold Team-Up Archives, Vol. 1||ISBN 1-4012-0405-8|
|The Brave and the Bold, vol. 1: The Lords of Luck||ISBN 1-4012-1588-2|
|The Brave and the Bold, vol. 2: The Book of Destiny||ISBN 1-4012-1861-X|
|The Brave and the Bold, vol. 3: Demons and Dragons||ISBN 1-4012-2190-4|
|The Brave and the Bold, vol. 4: Without Sin||ISBN 1-4012-2286-2|
The first volume of the series ran for 200 issues from August/September 1955 to July 1983. Originally, The Brave and the Bold was an anthology series featuring adventure tales from past ages with characters such as the Silent Knight, the Viking Prince, the Golden Gladiator, and Robin Hood. With issue #25, the series was reinvented as a try-out title for new characters and concepts, starting with the Suicide Squad created by writer Robert Kanigher and artist Ross Andru. Gardner Fox and Joe Kubert created a new version of Hawkman in issue #34 (February–March 1961) with the character receiving his own title three years later.
Editor Julius Schwartz hired Gardner Fox and artist Mike Sekowsky to create the Justice League of America. The team debuted in The Brave and the Bold #28 (Feb.-March 1960), and after two further appearances in the title, received its own series.
Issues #45 through #49 were devoted to "Strange Sports Stories" combining sport and science-fiction in tales such as "Challenge of the Headless Baseball Team" and "The Man Who Drove Through Time." Strange Sports Stories was later resurrected briefly as a DC Comics title in its own right in 1973, but lasted only six issues.
The series was changed yet again with issue #50 as a team-up title between established characters. Starting with issue #59 The Brave and the Bold became, more specifically, a Batman team-up book with the Caped Crusader as the book's main focus. This was due to the popularity of the Batman television series, which led to the creation of Batmania. After issue #74, The Brave and the Bold was exclusively a Batman team-up title until it ended with issue #200.
The teaming of Robin, Kid Flash, and Aqualad in issue #54 (June–July 1964) by writer Bob Haney and artist Bruno Premiani led to the creation of the Teen Titans. The three heroes subsequently appeared under the name "Teen Titans" in issue #60 (June–July 1965) by Haney and artist Nick Cardy and were joined by Wonder Woman's younger sister Wonder Girl in her first appearance.
The title was the first to feature Neal Adams' version of Batman, generating fan interest that led to Adams' style defining the modern Batman image to this day. In addition, Adams updated Green Arrow's visual appearance by designing a new costume for the character in issue #85 (Aug.–Sept 1969). The primary artist for the second half of the run was Jim Aparo, starting with #98 (October–November 1971). Haney frequently disregarded continuity by scripting stories which contradicted DC's canon or by writing major heroes in an out-of-character fashion. Issue #100 (Feb.–March 1972) featured Batman and "4 Famous Co-Stars" (Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Black Canary, and Robin) in a story by Haney and Aparo. Issues #112 (April–May 1974) to #117 (Feb.–March 1975) of the series were in the 100 Page Super Spectacular format.
The character Nemesis, also known as Thomas Tresser, debuted in an eight-page backup story in issue #166 (September 1980) written by Cary Burkett and drawn by Dan Spiegle. The Tresser character was created by Burkett in 1979, and named for an actor with whom Burkett was rooming in New Hampshire.
The title's final issue featured a team-up of the Batmen of Earth-One and Earth-Two and included a preview of Batman and the Outsiders, the title that replaced The Brave and the Bold on DC's schedule and became Aparo's next regular assignment.
|1–24||Golden Gladiator, Viking Prince, Silent Knight, & Robin Hood||Steady rotation of 2 or 3 of these characters per issue.|
|25–27||Suicide Squad||First appearance.|
|28–30||Justice League of America||First appearance.|
|31–33||Cave Carson||First appearance.|
|34–36||Hawkman & Hawkgirl||First Silver Age appearance.|
|42–44||Hawkman & Hawkgirl|
|45–49||Strange Sports Stories|
|50||Green Arrow & Martian Manhunter team-up||First team-up issue of the series.|
|51||Aquaman & Hawkman team-up|
|52||Sgt. Rock, Johnny Cloud, & Haunted Tank team-up|
|53||The Atom & The Flash team-up|
|54||Kid Flash, Aqualad, & Robin team-up||First appearance of the then-unnamed Teen Titans.|
|55||The Metal Men & The Atom team-up|
|56||The Flash & Martian Manhunter team-up|
|59||Batman & Green Lantern team-up|
|60||Teen Titans||First appearance of Wonder Girl.|
|61–62||Starman & Black Canary team-up|
|63||Supergirl & Wonder Woman team-up|
|64||Batman & Eclipso team-up||Billed as “Batman Versus Eclipso” due to the hero/villain status of the Eclipso character at this time.|
|65||The Flash & Doom Patrol team-up|
|66||Metamorpho & the Metal Men team-up|
|67||Batman & The Flash team-up|
|68||Batman & Metamorpho team-up||Batman becomes a Bat-Hulk for a time in this issue.|
|69||Batman & Green Lantern team-up|
|70||Batman & Hawkman team-up|
|71||Batman & Green Arrow team-up|
|72||The Spectre & The Flash team-up|
|73||Aquaman & The Atom team-up||First appearance of Vulko.|
|74||The Metal Men team-up||First issue with Batman as the headlining regular character.|
|75||The Spectre team-up|
|76||Plastic Man team-up||First Silver Age appearance.|
|77||The Atom team-up|
|78||Batman, Wonder Woman, & Batgirl team-up||First appearance of Copperhead.|
|79||Deadman team-up||First issue drawn by Neal Adams.|
|80||The Creeper team-up||First appearance of Hellgrammite.|
|81||The Flash team-up|
|83||Teen Titans team-up|
|84||Sgt. Rock team-up|
|85||Green Arrow team-up||First appearance of Green Arrow in his redesigned look.|
|87||Wonder Woman team-up|
|88||Wildcat team-up||First Silver/Bronze Age appearance.|
|89||The Phantom Stranger team-up|
|90||Adam Strange team-up|
|91||Black Canary team-up|
|92||The Bat-Squad team-up||Only appearance of The Bat-Squad.|
|93||The House of Mystery team-up|
|94||Teen Titans team-up|
|95||Plastic Man team-up|
|96||Sgt. Rock team-up|
|98||The Phantom Stranger team-up|
|99||The Flash team-up|
|100||Batman, Robin, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, & Black Canary team-up|
|102||Teen Titans team-up|
|103||The Metal Men team-up|
|105||Wonder Woman team-up|
|106||Green Arrow team-up|
|107||Black Canary team-up|
|108||Sgt. Rock team-up|
|111||The Joker team-up||Much like the earlier Eclipso “team-up,” it became adversarial.|
|112||Mister Miracle team-up||First of a series of DC 100 Page Super Spectacular issues (mostly reprints with one new lead story).|
|113||The Metal Men team-up|
|115||The Atom team-up|
|116||The Spectre team-up|
|117||Sgt. Rock team-up||Last of the Super Spectacular reprint issues.|
|118||Wildcat team-up||Cover states “Co-Starring The Joker.”|
|121||The Metal Men team-up|
|122||Swamp Thing team-up|
|123||Batman, Plastic Man, & Metamorpho team-up|
|124||Sgt. Rock team-up|
|125||The Flash team-up|
|128||Mister Miracle team-up|
|129–130||Green Arrow team-up||”Co-Starring The Atom, The Joker, & Two-Face.” Two-Face had previously encountered Green Arrow in #106.|
|131||Wonder Woman team-up||”VS Catwoman.”|
|132||Richard Dragon team-up||First issue of the series with the classic “bullet” DC logo.|
|134||Green Lantern team-up|
|135||The Metal Men team-up|
|136||Batman & Green Arrow Team-Up with The Metal Men||Follow-up to the previous issue.|
|138||Mister Miracle team-up|
|140||Wonder Woman team-up|
|141||Black Canary team-up|
|143||The Creeper team-up||Two-issue Human Target backup feature begins.|
|144||Green Arrow team-up|
|145||The Phantom Stranger team-up|
|146||The Unknown Soldier team-up|
|148||Plastic Man team-up|
|149||Teen Titans team-up|
|151||The Flash team-up|
|152||The Atom team-up|
|153||Red Tornado team-up|
|155||Green Lantern team-up|
|156||Doctor Fate team-up|
|158||Wonder Woman team-up|
|159||Ra’s al Ghul team-up|
|161||Adam Strange team-up|
|162||Sgt. Rock team-up|
|163||Black Lightning team-up|
|166||Black Canary team-up||First appearance of Nemesis in the backup feature that began in this issue and continued in every issue after unless otherwise noted.|
|168||Green Arrow team-up|
|170||Nemesis team-up||No backup feature this issue as Batman & Nemesis meet face-to-face.|
|173||Guardians of the Universe team-up|
|174||Green Lantern team-up||Follow-up to the previous issue.|
|175||Lois Lane team-up|
|176||Swamp Thing team-up|
|177||Elongated Man team-up|
|178||The Creeper team-up|
|179||Legion of Super-Heroes team-up||No Nemesis backup this issue.|
|180||The Spectre team-up|
|181||Hawk & Dove team-up|
|182||Robin (Earth-Two) team-up|
|183||The Riddler team-up|
|185||Green Arrow team-up|
|187||The Metal Men team-up||Final appearance (death) of Nameless.|
|188–189||Rose & Thorn team-up|
|190||Adam Strange team-up|
|191||The Joker team-up|
|192||Superboy team-up||Final issue featuring the Nemesis backup.|
|193||Nemesis team-up||Final appearance of Nemesis within the series.|
|194||The Flash team-up|
|197||Catwoman team-up||Both the Batman & Catwoman in this issue are the Earth-Two versions.|
|198||Karate Kid team-up|
|199||The Spectre team-up|
|200||Batman (Earth-Two) team-up||Final issue. Ended to make way for Batman & The Outsiders with the same creative team. Two backup features are included: one of Bat-Mite complaining to editor Len Wein and the other a preview of Outsiders. First appearances of Halo, Geo-Force, Katana, and The Outsiders.|
In December 1991–June 1992, The Brave and the Bold returned as a six-issue mini-series featuring Green Arrow, the Question, and the Butcher. The mini-series was written by Mike Grell and Mike Baron.
A six-issue mini-series was published from October 1999–March 2000 starring the Flash and Green Lantern titled Flash and Green Lantern: The Brave and the Bold. This mini-series was written by Mark Waid and Tom Peyer with art by Barry Kitson and Tom Grindberg. A trade paperback of this mini-series was published in 2001 (ISBN 1-56389-708-3).
The title was used again in 2001 for The Brave and the Bold Annual #1 (1969), a one-shot special that reprinted selected Silver Age team-ups. The book was designed in the 1960s-style "80-Page Giant" format as if it were an actual annual issue of the original run of the title, which did not have an annual in 1969.
DC resurrected the Brave and the Bold title as another on-going series in April 2007. Deciding that it would be a random team-up series, and not a Batman team-up series, the first writer was Mark Waid, who remained on the title for its first sixteen issues. The first arc, "The Lords of Luck", involved Batman in a team-up with Green Lantern Hal Jordan. The story depicted the characters joining forces with various other characters in tracking down the book of Destiny, with appearances by Supergirl, Lobo, Blue Beetle, the Legion of Super Heroes, Adam Strange, and the Challengers of the Unknown. The second arc picked up threads from the first, but mainly focused on self-contained stories.
After Waid's departure, Marv Wolfman took over for a two-part storyline, involving Supergirl and Raven battling the son of Triumph, while David Hine and Doug Braithwaite did a four-issue arc on the series featuring Hal Jordan and the Phantom Stranger. Following this, Dan Jurgens wrote issue #23, featuring Booster Gold and Magog. Like Wolfman's run, this era was prominent for its team-ups between DC heroes and the characters of Milestone Media. Writer Matt Wayne and artist Howard Porter collaborated on a team-up between Static and Black Lightning, and Adam Beechen and Roger Robinson wrote another featuring Hardware and Blue Beetle. The final Milestone issue was a team-up between Xombi and the Spectre, by John Rozum and Scott Hampton.
In September 2009, the title was taken over by J. Michael Straczynski and artist Jesus Saiz with issue #27, which featured a team-up between Batman and Dial H For Hero. Similar to the Milestone issues, it was intended for Straczynski's run on the series to showcase the Red Circle Comics characters licensed from Archie Comics. This idea was ultimately scrapped. Following the first issue, Straczynski wrote team-ups between: Barry Allen and Blackhawk; the Joker and the Atom; Hal Jordan and Doctor Fate; Batman and Brother Power; Aquaman and Etrigan; and Barbara Gordon, Wonder Woman, and Zatanna, which served as a companion piece to Alan Moore's Batman: The Killing Joke graphic novel.
The series won Alley Awards in 1962 for "Best Single Comic Book Cover" (#42 by Joe Kubert), in 1965 for "Best Comic Book Cover" (#61 by Murphy Anderson), and in 1968 for "Best Full-Length Story" ("Track of the Hook" in #79 by Bob Haney and Neal Adams). Issue #28 of the third series (the Flash and Blackhawk team-up) was nominated for an Eisner Award for "Best Single Issue (Or One-Shot)" in 2010.
The Brave and the Bold was used as the title for a two-part episode of the first season of Justice League. The title refers to the Flash (Wally West) and Green Lantern (John Stewart) characters in connection to the second mini-series featuring Barry Allen and Hal Jordan in the roles.
An animated series based on the Brave and the Bold concept aired from November 14, 2008, to November 18, 2011. The series features Batman teaming with various characters of the DC Universe, much like the first volume of the ongoing series. The tone of the series is markedly lighter than the previous Batman: The Animated Series and The Batman.
Major characters who appeared in the series include:
Adam Strange, Aquaman, the Atom, Batman, Bat-Mite, Black Canary, Black Lightning, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, the Bronze Tiger, Captain Marvel, Deadman, Doctor Fate, Fire, Firestorm, the Flash, Green Arrow, the Green Lantern Corps, Guy Gardner, Hal Jordan, the Hawk and Dove, Hawkman, the Huntress, Jay Garrick, Jonah Hex, Kamandi, Katana, Metamorpho, OMAC, Plastic Man, the Question, Red Tornado, Vixen, Wildcat, Wonder Woman, and Superman.
Black Adam, Black Manta, Calendar Man, Cavalier, Clock King, Despero, the Gentleman Ghost, Gorilla Grodd, the Joker, Kanjar Ro, Kite Man, Equinox, Major Disaster, Morgaine Le Fey, the Music Meister, Ocean Master, Shrapnel, the Sportsmaster, the Terrible Trio, the Weeper, and Zebra-Man.
In "The Three Waves of Doom", a story that filled The Brave and the Bold #25, writer Robert Kanigher and artist Ross Andru introduced the Suicide Squad, a band of World War II-era military misfits.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
Hawkman took a little longer to get off the ground. He showed up initially in The Brave and the Bold #34 (February/March 1961), but had to wait three years for Hawkman #1 (April–May 1964).
Artist Neal Adams started a long association with Batman, applying his modern style to the tales.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
Tom Tresser, the square-jawed, blond comic-book hero, was created in 1979, when Tom Tresser, the meeker, balder actor, was working at the Merrimack Valley Theatre in Manchester, New Hampshire, and rooming with writer Cary Burkett. Burkett got an assignment from DC Comics to create a new character and came up with Nemesis, a master of martial arts and disguise, who needed a daytime alias. Burkett's Tom Tresser became a mild-mannered, Shakespeare-quoting former FBI agent.
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At her Golden Age debut, Black Canary was the alter ego of Dinah Drake and participated in crime-fighting adventures with her love interest (and eventual husband), Gotham City detective Larry Lance. Initially, the character was a hand-to-hand fighter without superpowers who often posed as a criminal to infiltrate criminal gangs. Later stories depicted her as a world-class martial artist with a superpower: the "canary cry", a high-powered sonic scream which could shatter objects and incapacitate and even kill powerful foes such as Superman. When DC Comics adjusted its continuity, Black Canary was established as two separate entities: mother and daughter, Dinah Drake-Lance and Dinah Laurel Lance. Stories since the Silver Age have focused on the younger Black Canary, ascribing her superhuman abilities to a genetic mutation.
Black Canary has been adapted into various media, including direct-to-video animated films, video games, and both live-action and animated television series, featuring as a main or recurring character in the shows Birds of Prey, Justice League Unlimited, Smallville, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Young Justice and Arrow. In Birds of Prey she was played by Rachel Skarsten, and in Smallville she was played by Alaina Huffman. In Arrow and the Arrowverse shows the characters Sara Lance, Dinah Laurel Lance and Dinah Drake are portrayed by Caity Lotz, Katie Cassidy and Juliana Harkavy. The character will also make her cinematic debut in the upcoming film Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), portrayed by Jurnee Smollett-Bell.Blue Snowman
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The episodes received positive reviews, with critics calling the crossover fun, and everything fans could have wanted and more. Critics praised the producers for bringing the two series together while keeping the episodes as self-contained adventures, and highlighted the fight scene between the Flash and Arrow as living up to the hype. Ratings for the episodes were exceptional, with both being the highest watched episodes of each show since their respective series premieres. A subsequent crossover occurred the following year titled "Heroes Join Forces".Happy Harbor
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The Matter Master is a DC Comics supervillain and a recurring foe of Hawkman. Created by Gardner Fox and Joe Kubert, he first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #35 (April–May 1961).Music Meister
The Music Meister is a fictional character created by Mike Jelenic, appearing in "Mayhem of the Music Meister!", an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, voiced by Neil Patrick Harris. The character later appeared in the comic book sequel to the series of the same name, published by DC Comics.
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