Secret Origins

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Secret Origins
Brian Bolland's cover to the 1989 Secret Origins collection.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing series
Genre
Publication date One-shot Summer 1961
Vol. 1 February-March 1973 - October-November 1974
Vol. 2 April 1986 - August 1990
Vol. 3 June 2014 - present
Number of issues One-shot 1
Vol. 1 7
Vol. 2 50 plus 3 annuals and 1 special
Vol. 3 5 (as of October 2014 cover date)
Editor(s) Roy Thomas
Mark Waid
Collected editions
Secret Origins ISBN 0-930289-50-1

Secret Origins is the title of several comic book series published by DC Comics which featured the origin stories of the publisher's various characters.

Publication history[edit]

Secret Origins was first published as a one-shot in 1961 and contained only reprinted material.[1] The title became an ongoing reprint series in February-March 1973 which ran for seven issues and ended in October-November 1974.[2] The title was used on various compilations of origin stories including Limited Collectors' Edition #C-39 (October–November 1975)[3] and #C-45 (June–July 1976)[4] as well as DC Special Series #10 (1978)[5] and #19 (Fall 1979).[6] Its most well-known incarnation was a 50-issue series that ran from April 1986 to August 1990[7] plus three annuals[8] and a special.[9] Typically, an issue would be given over to clarifying the post-Crisis origins of a number of characters,[10] usually two as most of the issues were double-sized, i.e. 48 pages. Roy Thomas was the initial writer/editorial consultant on the series; later issues were overseen by Mark Waid. Three more specials followed in 1998-1999.[11] In 2004, it returned to the all-reprint format with a "Weird" special featuring Doctor Fate, the Spectre, Animal Man, Enchantress, Metamorpho, Congorilla, El Diablo, and Bizarro World.

A new monthly incarnation focusing on characters in The New 52, launched in April 2014 with a June 2014 cover date. The first issue featured the origins of Superman, Supergirl and the Dick Grayson version of Robin.[12]

Characters featured in the 1986-1990 series[edit]

  • 6 (September 1986): Halo of the Outsiders; the Golden Age Batman. This was the first double-sized issue.
  • 11 (February 1987): the Golden Age Hawkman; Power Girl. Both stories presented have been retconned, with Power Girl's backstory having been redefined by Geoff Johns in the pages of JSA Classified which served as part of the buildup to Infinite Crisis.
  • 14 (May 1987): Suicide Squad. Another Legends tie-in, it served as a prequel to the later series, and was written by that series' writer, John Ostrander.
  • 22 (January 1988): the Manhunters. This was a tie-in with Millennium as was the subsequent issue, and aligned the various histories of the characters with the Manhunter name together.
  • 28 (July 1988): Midnight art by Gil Kane; Nightshade art by Rob Liefeld. Nightshade's origin doubled as an introduction/backdrop to a three-issue Suicide Squad arc where she returned to her place of origin to save her brother.
  • 31 (October 1988): the Justice Society of America. A full-length story, and Roy Thomas' last contribution to the series excluding the Grim Ghost story in #42.
  • 33 (December 1988): Fire, Ice and Mister Miracle. This and the subsequent two issues dealt with members of Justice League International.
  • 44 (September 1989): Clayface I, II & III. This issue gave background information for an arc that appeared in Detective Comics issues 604 through 607, entitled "The Mud Pack".
  • 46 (December 1989): the headquarters of the Silver Age Justice League (story by Grant Morrison), the New Titans' Titans Tower, and the 'rocketship clubhouse' of the Legion of Super Heroes. Arm Fall Off Boy makes his first appearance.

Annuals and specials[edit]

Additionally, there was a belated Secret Origins 80 Page Giant issued in 1998 (ISBN 1-56389-440-8), that focused on the members of Young Justice.

Collected editions[edit]

Some issues of the series was collected in a trade paperback along with other material and some original work in 1989, Secret Origins, but the official title as stated in the book's indicia is given as Secret Origins Of The World's Greatest Super-Heroes (ISBN 0930289501). The focus was on DC's major characters: the Flash (Barry Allen, from Secret Origins Annual #2); Green Lantern (Hal Jordan, from #36); J'onn J'onnz, the Martian Manhunter (from #35); and Superman (from The Man of Steel #6). There was also an all-new retelling of Batman's origins, Batman: The Man Who Falls, by Dennis O'Neil and Dick Giordano; this story later served as a cited inspiration for the 2005 film Batman Begins.[13]

Characters featured in the 2014 series[edit]

Secret Origins of Super-Heroes[edit]

During 52, weeks 12 through 51 featured two-page origins of various heroes, written by Mark Waid. The origins featured were:

Secret Origins of Super-Villains[edit]

Beginning with #37 each issue of Countdown featured the origins of a super-villain, written by Scott Beatty. The origins are:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Secret Origins one-shot at the Grand Comics Database
  2. ^ Secret Origins at the Grand Comics Database
  3. ^ Limited Collectors' Edition #C-39 at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ Limited Collectors' Edition #C-45 at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ DC Special Series #10 at the Grand Comics Database
  6. ^ DC Special Series #19 at the Grand Comics Database
  7. ^ Secret Origins vol. 2 at the Grand Comics Database
  8. ^ Secret Origins Annual at the Grand Comics Database
  9. ^ Secret Origins Special at the Grand Comics Database
  10. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 218. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "The heroes of the DC Universe got a little more exposed thanks to the new ongoing effort Secret Origins, a title offering new interpretations to the backgrounds of some of comics' biggest icons." 
  11. ^ Secret Origins 80-Page Giant at the Grand Comics Database and Secret Origins of Super-Villains 80-Page Giant at the Grand Comics Database
  12. ^ Sunu, Steve (January 13, 2014). "Exclusive: DC's Secret Origins & Tomasi's Batman Vs. Bane To Debut in April". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on July 12, 2014.  Archive requires scrolldown
  13. ^ DiDio, Dan (Vice President of DC Comics), Goyer, David S. (Co-writer), Levitz, Paul (President - DC Comics), Nolan, Christopher (Director), Schreck, Bob (Batman Editor - DC Comics) (2006). Genesis of the Bat (DVD featurette). 
  14. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Hughes, Adam (p), Hughes, Adam (i). "The Origin of Wonder Woman" 52 12 (September 2006 [July 26, 2006])
  15. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Nowlan, Kevin (p), Nowlan, Kevin (i). "The Origin of Elongated Man" 52 13 (October 2006 [August 2, 2006])
  16. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Powell, Eric (p), Powell, Eric (i). "The Origin of Metamorpho, the Element Man" 52 14 (October 2006 [August 9, 2006])
  17. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Bogdanove, Jon (p), Bogdanove, Jon (i). "The Origin of Steel" 52 15 (October 2006 [August 16, 2006])
  18. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Jones, J. G. (p), Jones, J. G. (i). "The Origin of Black Adam" 52 16 (October 2006 [August 23, 2006])
  19. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Giffen, Keith (p), Jadson, Jack (i). "The Origin of Lobo" 52 17 (October 2006 [August 30, 2006])
  20. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Bennett, Joe (p), Bennett, Joe (i). "The Origin of the Question" 52 18 (November 2006 [September 6, 2006])
  21. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Bolland, Brian (p), Mardon, Mark (i). "The Origin of Animal Man" 52 19 (November 2006 [September 13, 2006])
  22. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Nowlan, Kevin (p), Nowlan, Kevin (i). "The Origin of Adam Strange" 52 20 (November 2006 [September 20, 2006])
  23. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Reis, Ivan (p), Albert, Oclair (i). "The Origin of Green Lantern" 52 22 (December 2006 [October 4, 2006])
  24. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Ordway, Jerry (p), Ordway, Jerry (i). "The Origin of Wildcat" 52 23 (December 2006 [October 11, 2006])
  25. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Jurgens, Dan (p), Lanning, Andy (i). "The Origin of Booster Gold" 52 24 (December 2006 [October 18, 2006])
  26. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Pérez, George (p), Pérez, George (i). "The Origin of Nightwing" 52 25 (December 2006 [October 25, 2006])
  27. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Bennett, Joe (p), Jose, Ruy (i). "The Origin of Hawkman and Hawkgirl" 52 26 (January 2007 [November 1, 2006])
  28. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Chaykin, Howard (p), Chaykin, Howard (i). "The Origin of Black Canary" 52 27 (January 2007 [November 8, 2006])
  29. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Eaglesham, Dale (p), Thibert, Art (i). "The Origin of Catman" 52 28 (January 2007 [November 15, 2006])
  30. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Rouleau, Duncan (p), Rouleau, Duncan (i). "The Origin of the Metal Men" 52 30 (January 2007 [November 29, 2006])
  31. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Williams II, Freddie (p), Williams II, Freddie (i). "The Origin of Robin" 52 31 (February 2007 [December 6, 2006])
  32. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Hamner, Cully (p), Hamner, Cully (i). "The Origin of Blue Beetle" 52 32 (February 2007 [December 13, 2006])
  33. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Mandrake, Tom (p), Mandrake, Tom (i). "The Origin of Martian Manunter" 52 33 (February 2007 [December 20, 2006])
  34. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Bolland, Brian (p), Bolland, Brian (i). "The Origin of Zatanna" 52 34 (February 2007 [December 27, 2006])
  35. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Hughes, Adam (p), Hughes, Adam (i). "The Origin of Power Girl" 52 36 (March 2007 [January 10, 2007])
  36. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Igle, Jamal (p), Champagne, Keith (i). "The Origin of Firestorm the Nuclear Man" 52 37 (March 2007 [January 17, 2007])
  37. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Jimenez, Phil (p), Lanning, Andy (i). "The Origin of Red Tornado" 52 38 (March 2007 [January 24, 2007])
  38. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Van Sciver, Ethan (p), Van Sciver, Ethan (i). "The Origin of Mr. Terrific" 52 39 (March 2007 [January 31, 2007])
  39. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Benitez, Joe (p), Benitez, Joe (i). "The Origin of Starfire" 52 41 (April 2007 [February 14, 2007])
  40. ^ Waid, Mark (w), McDaniel, Scott (p), Owens, Andy (i). "The Origin of Green Arrow" 52 42 (April 2007 [February 21, 2007])
  41. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Van Sciver, Ethan (p), Van Sciver, Ethan (i). "The Origin of Plastic Man" 52 43 (April 2007 [February 28, 2007])
  42. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Kubert, Andy (p), Kubert, Andy (i). "The Origin of Batman" 52 46 (May 2007 [March 21, 2007])
  43. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Kerschl, Karl (p), Kerschl, Karl (i). "The Origin of the Teen Titans" 52 47 (May 2007 [March 28, 2007])
  44. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Scott, Nicola (p), Hazlewood, Doug (i). "The Origin of the Birds of Prey" 52 48 (June 2007 [April 7, 2007])
  45. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Kramer, Don (p), Bair, Michael (i). "The Origin of the Justice Society of America" 52 49 (June 2007 [April 11, 2007])
  46. ^ Waid, Mark (w), Reis, Ivan (p), Albert, Oclair (i). "The Origin of the Justice League of America" 52 51 (June 2007 [April 25, 2007])
  47. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Roux, Stéphane (p), Roux, Stéphane (i). "The Origin of Poison Ivy" Countdown 37 (October 2007 [August 15, 2007])
  48. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Daniel, Tony (p), Glapion, Jon (i). "The Origin of Deathstroke the Terminator" Countdown 36 (October 2007 [August 22, 2007])
  49. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Reis, Ivan (p), Albert, Oclair (i). "The Origin of Parallax" Countdown 35 (October 2007 [August 29, 2007])
  50. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Clarke, Andy (p), Clarke, Andy (i). "The Origin of Lex Luthor" Countdown 34 (November 2007 [September 5, 2007])
  51. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Kramer, Don (p), Kramer, Don (i). "The Origin of the Riddler" Countdown 33 (November 2007 [September 12, 2007])
  52. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Winslade, Phil (p), Winslade, Phil (i). "The Origin of Eclipso" Countdown 32 (November 2007 [September 19, 2007])
  53. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Bolland, Brian (p), Bolland, Brian (i). "The Origin of the Joker" Countdown 31 (November 2007 [September 26, 2007])
  54. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Frank, Gary (p), Sibal, Jonathan (i). "The Origin of General Zod" Countdown 30 (December 2007 [October 3, 2007])
  55. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), McDaniel. Scott (p), Owens, Andy (i). "The Origin of the Penguin" Countdown 29 (December 2007 [October 10, 2007])
  56. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Van Sciver, Ethan (p), Van Sciver, Ethan (i). "The Origin of the Trickster" Countdown 28 (December 2007 [October 17, 2007])
  57. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Van Sciver, Ethan (p), Van Sciver, Ethan (i). "The Origin of the Pied Piper" Countdown 28 (December 2007 [October 17, 2007])
  58. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Chiarello, Mark (p), Chiarello, Mark (i). "The Origin of Two-Face" Countdown 27 (December 2007 [October 24, 2007])
  59. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Igle, Jamal (p), Champagne, Keith (i). "The Origin of Killer Frost" Countdown to Final Crisis 25 (January 2008 [November 7, 2007])
  60. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Simonson, Walt (p), Simonson, Walt (i). "The Origin of Desaad" Countdown to Final Crisis 24 (January 2008 [November 14, 2007])
  61. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Baker, Kyle (p), Baker, Kyle (i). "The Origin of Mr. Mxyzptlk" Countdown to Final Crisis 23 (January 2008 [November 21, 2007])
  62. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Williams II, Freddie (p), Williams II, Freddie (i). "The Origin of Deadshot" Countdown to Final Crisis 22 (January 2008 [November 28, 2007])
  63. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Bogdanove, Jon (p), Bogdanove, Jon (i). "The Origin of Granny Goodness" Countdown to Final Crisis 21 (February 2008 [December 5, 2007])
  64. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Bennett, Joe (p), Jadson, Jack (i). "The Origin of Mr. Mind" Countdown to Final Crisis 20 (February 2008 [December 12, 2007])
  65. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Jones, Kelley (p), Jones, Kelley (i). "The Origin of the Scarecrow" Countdown to Final Crisis 19 (February 2008 [December 19, 2007])
  66. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Porter, Howard (p), Porter, Howard (i). "The Origin of Dr. Light" Countdown to Final Crisis 18 (February 2008 [December 26, 2007])
  67. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Kolins, Scott (p), Kolins, Scott (i). "The Origin of Monarch" Countdown to Final Crisis 17 (March 2008 [January 2, 2008])
  68. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Pasarin, Fernando (p), Pasarin, Fernando (i). "The Origin of Sinestro" Countdown to Final Crisis 16 (March 2008 [January 9, 2008])
  69. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Bogdanove, Jon (p), Bogdanove, Jon (i). "The Origin of Doomsday" Countdown to Final Crisis 15 (March 2008 [January 16, 2008])
  70. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Adams, Arthur (p), Adams, Arthur (i). "The Origin of Gorilla Grodd" Countdown to Final Crisis 14 (March 2008 [January 23, 2008])
  71. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Reis, Ivan (p), Albert, Oclair (i). "The Origin of Cyborg" Countdown to Final Crisis 13 (March 2008 [January 30, 2008])
  72. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Lopresti, Aaron (p), Lopresti, Aaron (i). "The Origin of Circe" Countdown to Final Crisis 12 (April 2008 [February 6, 2008])
  73. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Mandrake, Tom (p), Mandrake, Tom (i). "The Origin of Solomon Grundy" Countdown to Final Crisis 11 (April 2008 [February 13, 2008])
  74. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Timm, Bruce (p), Timm, Bruce (i). "The Origin of Harley Quinn" Countdown to Final Crisis 10 (April 2008 [February 20, 2008])
  75. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Norton, Mike (p), Ramos, Rodney (i). "The Origin of Black Manta" Countdown to Final Crisis 9 (April 2008 [February 27, 2008])
  76. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Mahnke, Doug (p), Mahnke, Doug (i). "This Am Unsecret Origin of Bizarro!" Countdown to Final Crisis 8 (May 2008 [March 5, 2008])
  77. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Nolan, Graham (p), Nolan, Graham (i). "The Origin of Bane" Countdown to Final Crisis 7 (May 2008 [March 12, 2008])
  78. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Saiz, Jesus (p), Saiz, Jesus (i). "The Origin of Felix Faust" Countdown to Final Crisis 6 (May 2008 [March 19, 2008])
  79. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Derenick, Tom (p), Faucher, Wayne (i). "The Origin of Mr. Freeze" Countdown to Final Crisis 5 (May 2008 [March 26, 2008])
  80. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Chiang, Cliff (p), Chiang, Cliff (i). "The Origin of Ra's al Ghul" Countdown to Final Crisis 4 (June 2008 [April 2, 2008])
  81. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Mahnke, Doug (p), Mahnke, Doug (i). "The Origin of Amazo" Countdown to Final Crisis 3 (June 2008 [April 9, 2008])
  82. ^ Beatty, Scott (w), Sook, Ryan (p), Sook, Ryan (i). "The Origin of Darkseid" Countdown to Final Crisis 2 (June 2008 [April 16, 2008])

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