DC History Club: The History of DCU Pride Characters and Creators - All Profiles Available

Pride_Profile_Tremor

:00_dc_pride: Pride Profile, Tremor: Roshanna Chatterji is an Indian-American capable of generating shockwaves in the earth. Created by Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore and introduced in The Movement #1 in July 2013, Tremor was forced to let a team member know that a romantic relationship between them wouldn’t work because she is asexual.
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The Movement

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Pride_Profile_Lilah_Sturges

:00_dc_pride: Pride Profile: Lilah Sturges. Currently working on the popular Lumberjanes series for Boom! Studios, Lilah made a huge splash with DC’s Vertigo imprint co-writing Jack of Fables, then solo helming forty-two issues of House of Mystery. Add to that, work on Shadowpact, Salvation Run, Blue Beetle and more made Sturges a DC powerhouse. In 2016, Sturges announced she was a transgender women and was changing her first name to Lilah.

House of Mystery

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Pride_Profile_Nightmare Nurse

:00_dc_pride:Pride Profile: Nightmare Nurse. Asa was a demon who decided the best way to save her dying human mistress was to take over her body. Having sworn the Hippocratic Oath to Apollo and Panacea, Asa became the Nightmare Nurse. Created by Dan DiDio, J.M. Dematteis, and Philip Tan, Nigthmare Nurse debuted in The Phantom Stranger #8 where she worked with Zatanna to heal the injured Stranger. When she’s not enjoying the company of dryads and sylphs, or John Constantine, this naughty nurse sometimes helps out the Justice League Dark with her abilities to heal and wield magic.

Phantom Stranger
Justice League Dark

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Pride_Profile_Comet

:00_dc_pride:Pride Profile: Comet. Warning if you haven’t read Peter David’s Supergirl this is spoiler city. And, the entire series is really, really worth the read. Andrea Martinez struggled coming to terms with her sexual identity leading to a failed marriage, rejection by her parents, substance abuse, and life risking behavior. Facing death on the slopes of Mt Everest, Andrea was saved by superpowered human-horse hybrid Comet/Andy Jones. Merging into a single being, Comet and Andrea became friends with Supergirl and eventually found true love. David Peter introduced Comet/Andrea in Supergirl vol. 4 #10 and explored issues of sexual and gender identity throughout this 1990s series.

Supergirl

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Pride_Profile_Phil Jimenez

:00_dc_pride_ps:Pride Profile: Phil Jimenez. The incredibly talented artist Jimenez was hired right out of college by DC Comics where he met and fell in love with Neal Pozner. Following the DC Comic Creative Director’s passing several years later from HIV related complications, Jimenez wrote and illustrated a Tempest miniseries that he dedicated to Pozner and used to come out as a gay man himself. Jimenez’s other DC works include Wonder Woman, Superwoman, and much more.

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Tempest

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Pride_Profile_Midnight Rider & Seaferer

:00_dc_pride:Pride Profile: Midnight Rider & Seafarer. Before there was the Midnighter, there was the Midnight Rider. A costumed adventurer in the ‘40s, her relationship with her fellow heroine Seafarer was caught on film and printed in the papers. From there, they ended up in suspended animation, a Winter Soldier like program, and eventually squared off against their successors and the Authority. Created by Scott Beatty and Chris Sprouse, Midnight Rider and Seafarer are another great reason for Pride fans to dig into the Wildstorm Universe.

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Wildstorm’s Number of the Beast

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Pride_Profile_Allan Heinberg

:00_dc_pride:Pride Profile: Allan Heinberg. Heinberg is the definition of a multi-talented threat. He launched a Wonder Woman series as a writer with the Dodsons, co-wrote a JLA arc with Geoff Johns, co-wrote the screenplay for Gadot/Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, as well as wrote and produced television programs from Party of Five, Sex and the City, Grey’s Anatomy and the upcoming Sandman series. Over at the House of Ideas, Heinberg, a gay man himself, created the teen gay characters Wiccan and Hulking.

Wonder Woman

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Pride_Profile_Ghost-Maker

:00_dc_pride:Pride Profile: Ghost-Maker. James Tynion and Jorge Jimenez have created a new rival for Batman that shows us who Bruce Wayne might have been without Alfred’s influence. Ghost-Maker, introduced in Batman vol. 3 #100, considers himself a hero with all of Batman’s training, money and skill. He also has a taste for the high-life, including the pleasures of men and women, that Bruce only pretends to have. He’s also willing to kill. If you want to know more about this new entry into the Batman mythos, you’ll have to keep reading DC Comics because he’s just gotten started.

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Batman Vol. 3 #100

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Pride_Profile_Mazikeen

:00_dc_pride:Pride Profile: Mazikeen. If you’re a fan of the television show Lucifer, you must be a fan of the incredibly talented Lesley-Ann Brandt and her portrayal of Mazikeen. Consort to the Fallen One, lover of an angel and Eve, and the baddest bounty hunter in LA, the pansexual demon brings every scene she’s in alive. The character was originally created by Neil Gaiman and Kelley Jones in Sandman vol. 2 #22, and appears with Lucifer in his Vertigo series. For a demon with more than a few rough edges, Maze has a lot of people and angels who care deeply for her.
Lucifer Vertigo

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Pride_Profile_Caitlín R. Kiernan

:00_dc_pride: Pride Profile: Caitlin R. Kiernan. There’s being accomplished and there’s being Caitlín R. Keirnan. The Irish born non-binary paleontologist/novelist/screenwriter/comic book creator/singer Keirnan is a winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel and World Fantasy Awards for collection and short fiction; co-author of paleontology papers describing new genus and species of ancient marine reptiles; and was the front person for the goth-folk-blues band Death’s Little Sister named after Neil Gaiman’s character Delirium. And Gaiman is where they come into the DCU when they were asked to write The Dreaming spinoff from Gaiman’s The Sandman, helming the title for its entire five year run.

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Pride_Profile_Artemis

:00_dc_pride:Pride Profile: Artemis. Artemis, or a version of her, has been a DCU staple for decades as a butt kicking archer. The version we see today is most closely tied with William Messner-Loebs and Mike Deodato’s creation for Wonder Woman in 1994. That Artemis took on the role of Wonder Woman and later a mentor for Cassie Sandsmark. Our current Artemis, shares all of that version’s looks and attitudes with a somewhat different backstory. Now she’s an Amazon of the Bana-Migdall who left her people to recover the Bow of Ra. Eventually falling in with Jason Todd, Artemis joined the new Outlaws. Despite her reputation as the angry Amazon, Artemis has shown her more caring side through her love affair with fellow Amazon Akila and her attraction to Red Hood.

Red Hood and the Outlaws

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Pride_Profile_Steve Orlando

:00_dc_pride:Pride Profile: Steve Orlando. Asked what’s it like working for DC, Orlando said, “I grew up as a DC guy…I was, you know, knocked over when they offered me that contract… young Steve, who is reading DC books out of flea markets in the 1980s and early '90s, you know, it’s a dream job.” Sentiments any comic fan can understand. Beginning with DC on Midnighter, which was nominated for a GLAAD award, Orlando went on to pen Wonder Woman, Batman, Martian Manhunter and more. Orlando infused his work with a personal perspective that elevated the final results. Discussing Martian Manhunter, Orlando who identifies as bisexual, said “I understand what it’s like to have something inside of you that you have to wrestle with and come to terms with, but also maybe isn’t noticeable on the street to folks. And having something inside of himself that he has to wrestle with and overcome and eventually use to empower himself, that’s J’onn J’onzz’s journey as well.”

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Martian Manhunter

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Pride_Profile_Tefe Holland

:00_dc_pride:Pride Profile: Tefe’ Holland. Originally introduced in Swamp Thing Vol 2 #90 by Doug Wheeler and Pat Broderick, Tefe’ is the daughter of the Swamp Thing, Abby Arcane and John Constantine (it’s a long story). This human-plant hybrid was tutored by former plant elemental Lady Jane and eventually manipulated by the Parliament of Trees into waging war on humankind. It took all three of her parents conspiring to subsume her personality into the body of a dying fifteen year old girl to end the threat. And that is where this starts as she stars in Brian K. Vaughan’s Swamp Thing (2000). Though she has had difficulty connecting to humanity at times, Tefe’ is later revealed as bisexual.


Tefe’s Swamp Thing

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Pride_Profile_John Constantine

:00_dc_pride:Pride Profile: John Constantine. This popular character needs no introduction, but we’re giving him one anyway. Created by Alan Moore for Swamp Thing #37 because Steve Bissette and John Totleben wanted to draw Sting, Constantine is a chain smoking working class con artist, manipulator, and magician who has saved the DCU more times than your average magical hero. With the creation of the Vertigo imprint, Constantine’s Hellblazer became one of its centerpieces running for three hundred issues. Adding to that are starring turns in subsequent comic series, a movie, appearances on five different television shows, multiple animated projects and more to come. For a man who likes to present himself as uncaring and cynical, Constantine sure seems to fall hard in love a lot. From Desmond in the Arrowverse to Zatanna in the DCU, Constantine cares more than he would like to admit.

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Justice League Dark

Swamp Thing #37

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Pride_Profile_Julia_Pennyworth

:00_dc_pride:Pride Profile: Julia Pennyworth. This Pennyworth has been around longer than many fans may realize. As Julia Remarque, she was introduced in Detective Comics #501 in 1981 by Gerry Conway and Don Newton. That Julia is the daughter of Alfred and French Resistance fighter Mademoislle Marie who appeared in combat comics from her debut in Star-Spangled War Stories in 1959 to Sgt. Rock in 1986. Julia discovered that Alfred was her biological father and fell into Batman related adventures (and Bat love) until she was Crisis’ed out of existence. The revived Julia’s first full appearance happens Batman Eternal #8 in 2014. This version is a woman of color who followed her estranged father into British special services, coming into the Bat family after being wounded taking down Hong Kong’s crime boss. Working through family issues and contributing to the Bat business, she takes on the call name of Penny-Two. While it is implied in the comics that Julia is attracted to Kate Kane, it would take the Batwoman television show to close the gap, stating that the two had once had a romance that Kate broke off.

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Batman Eternal #8

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Pride_Profile_José Villarrubia

:00_dc_pride:Pride Profile: José Villarrubia. This Madrid born artist is known as a fine art photographer and Eisner award winning colorist. His contributions to DC looks like a list of some of the most visually interesting series the company has produced including Promethea, Sweet Tooth, Batman: Year 100, and The Other History of the DC Universe. This self-identified LGTBQ+ Spanish-American was also nominated for a GLAAD award for his work with Sarah Vaughn and Lan Medina on Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love which included the first non-binary African-American character in DC.

Promethea

Batman: Year 100

Sweet Tooth: The Return

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Pride_Profile_Obsidian

:00_dc_pride:Pride Profile: Obsidian. Todd James Rice, the brother of Jennie-Lynn Hayden (Jade), was introduced by Roy Thomas and Jerry Ordway in All-Star Squadron #25, before starring as member of Infinity Inc. Jade’s Green Lantern-like powers and Obsidian’s shadow powers were inherited from their father Green Lantern Alan Scott and mother the one-time villain Thorn :woman_shrugging:. Cycling through memberships in Infinity Inc., the JSA and the Justice League didn’t prevent Obsidian from descending into madness, supposedly also inherited from his mother. Stable and retired from the superhero game, Todd appears in the Kate Spencer’s Manhunter series and meets and falls in love with Assistant District Attorney Damon Matthews.

All-Star Squadron #25

Infinity Inc.

Kate Spencer’s Manhunter

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Pride_Profile_Shining Knight

:00_dc_pride:Pride Profile: Shining Knight, Sir Ystin. The original Shining Knight, Sir Justin, debuted in Adventure Comics #66 in 1941. Bestowed by Merlin with a sword that cuts any substance, armor impervious to damage, and his horse Winged Victory he defended Camelot. A frozen sleep later, and Justin finds himself in New York with the Seven Soldiers of Victory. Reimaged by Grant Morrison in Seven Soldiers: Shining Knight now Welsh Sir Ystin was originally a woman who hid her gender to be close to Sir Galahad and fight for Camelot. In the New 52’s Demon Knights, the character shifted further in gender identity. While the Shining Knight stated, I’m "not just a man or a woman. I’m both,” there’s some debate whether Ystin is presented as non-binary or transgender. But, what really matters is what’s inside the bottle. Justin or Ystin, the Shining Knight represents courage, chivalry, and justice in any era.

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Demon Knights

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Pride_Profile_Madame Xanadu

:00_dc_pride:Pride Profile: Madame Xanadu. Everyone’s favorite fortune-teller does far more than read Tarot cards or crystal balls as her many fans will let you know. Introduced in 1978’s Doorway to Nightmare #1 by David Mechelinie, Val Mayerik and Mike Kaluta, Xanadu has origins lost in the mists of time and different writers. What has remained consistent is her ties to Camelot and King Arthur and her life as an immortal sorceress wandering the world. In that time and in different tellings, she has taken on many lovers including Merlin, Jason Blood, Etrigan, and the Phantom Stranger. In Madame Xanadu, Vertigo’s hidden treasure of a series by Matt Wagner and Amy Reeder, she finds herself taking on the Spanish Inquisition for loving the farm maiden Marisol. A thousand plus years of finding and losing love, standing up to evil and not always winning has left Xanadu often reluctant to fight on the side of angels. But, as the Demon Knights, Justice League Dark, and the many people she has saved can attest, she’s far more than a fortune-teller when she’s on your side.

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Doorway to Nightmare

Madame Xanadu Vertigo

Justice League Dark

Demon Knights

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Pride_Profile_Bluebird

:00_dc_pride:Pride Profile: Harper Row, Bluebird. Harper first appears in Batman vol. 2 #1, but really makes her mark in Batman Eternal when she appears as the new costumed hero Bluebird. But, Harper was a hero well before that. Growing up with an absent mother and abusive alcoholic father, Harper protected her brother Cullen and eventually applied for emancipation and put her electric skills to work for Gotham City. When Cullen had his head shaved in a hate crime assault for being gay, Harper cut her hair to match. As a self-described part of the blue-haired, bi girl contingent, Harper used her electrical expertise as a hero, before stepping back into a more normal life.

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Batman Eternal

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