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Dan DiDio explains Who's Who and DC Legacies

posted Jan 7, 2010, 8:11 AM by Vu Sleeper

WHO'S WHO #1 (May 2010)
DC Nation: So just exactly who is who?
January 6, 2010

You know, ever since I started at DC Comics (nearly eight years ago for those of you keeping track), I've been asked when are we going to do a new HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE and a new WHO'S WHO? Over the years I've given varying responses to these questions (everything from "waiting to find the right talent" to "not ready to start revising history'); after all, the creative energy that Marv Wolfman and George Perez put into the original HISTORY was hard to top, and the amount of man hours it took to build a new WHO'S WHO was a little daunting. And truth be told, if we ever planned to take on these two monumental projects again, we wanted to make sure we rolled them out at a time we felt that the universe was no longer in flux and the history, as built, and the Who's Who entries would stay relevant for as long as the original projects (some of the editors, myself included, can be seen still using the original Who's Who as a reference guide). The last thing we'd want to do is to build these books and have them outdated before their final issues hit the shelves. Well, given the events of BLACKEST NIGHT (you didn't really think I'd give away the ending, did you?), and the fact we are entering into DC Comics' 75th anniversary, I am very happy to announce that the time is now.

A new WHO's WHO is currently in production with the first issue hitting the stores in May. Like the original series, this is a massive undertaking: 18 issues, over 800 entries and featuring, literally, a thousand characters. Former DC Editor Bob Greenberger has returned to the fold (Bob worked on the original Who's Who as well) and is taking on the incredible task of building this series so that it has the same lasting impact of the first one. As for the history of the DC Universe, well, we are coming at that a little differently. Rather than a prose piece, master storyteller Len Wein has crafted a detailed and weaving story of two families whose lives have been impacted by five generations of super-heroes. DC LEGACIES tells the tale of the history of the DC Universe as experienced by the characters who live in it. Five generations, ten issues and fifteen of comics' greatest artists will be telling a tale for the ages. And while you will be hearing more about this project as it gets closer, this Nation page just gives you a sample of the first-issue art of the incomparable team of Andy and Joe Kubert as they tackle the first generation and the age of the Mystery Men.

A little special comic book goodness to kick off 2010. Happy New Year, Nation!

To be continued…