Weird Worlds (comics)
Weird Worlds #1 (September 1972)
Art by Joe Kubert
|Publication date||Vol. 1: September 1972 - October/November 1974
Vol. 2: March 2011 - August 2011
|Number of issues||Vol. 1: 10
Vol. 2: 6
|Writer(s)||Vol. 1: Dennis O'Neil, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman
Vol. 2: Aaron Lopresti, Kevin Maguire, Kevin VanHook
|Artist(s)||Vol. 1: Murphy Anderson, Howard Chaykin, Dan Green, Michael Kaluta, Alan Weiss
Vol. 2: Aaron Lopresti, Kevin Maguire, Jerry Ordway
Weird Worlds was a science fiction anthology title published by DC Comics from 1972 to 1974 which ran for 10 issues. The title's name was partially inspired by the sales success of Weird War Tales and Weird Western Tales.
Weird Worlds published series from Edgar Rice Burroughs that DC had obtained the licensing rights. This included the "John Carter of Mars" feature, by scripter Marv Wolfman and artist Murphy Anderson which moved over from Tarzan #209, and the "Pellucidar" feature from Korak, Son of Tarzan #46 drawn by Alan Weiss, Michael Kaluta, and Dan Green.
These features ran until issue #7 (October 1973) until it became economically infeasible for DC to continue publishing so many adaptations of Burroughs' work. "John Carter" would re-appear in Tarzan Family #62-64 and "Pellucidar" in Tarzan Family #66.
With issue #8, a new feature began: Dennis O'Neil and Howard Chaykin's Ironwolf, which ran through issue #10. The release of the last issue of Weird Worlds was delayed for several months due to a nationwide paper shortage.
The title was relaunched in March 2011 and ran for six issues, and featured Lobo and two new characters: Aaron Lopresti's Garbage Man (a variant on Swamp Thing) and Kevin Maguire's Tanga. The characters appeared in the title My Greatest Adventure as part of The New 52 relaunch.
- Weird Worlds at the Grand Comics Database
- Daniels, Les (1995). DC Comics: Sixty Years of the World's Favorite Comic Book Heroes. Bulfinch Press. p. 153. ISBN 0821220764. "'Carmine Infantino and I found out that the word weird sold well.' [editor Joe] Orlando recalls. 'So DC created Weird War and Weird Western.'"
- McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 157. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "After the debut tale by acclaimed artist Howard Chaykin and co-scripter Denny O'Neil, Ironwolf became the lead protagonist in the Weird Worlds [title]."
- Wells, John (October 24, 1997), 'Lost' DC: 1971-1975, Comics Buyer's Guide (1249): 125, "In the wake of a nationwide paper shortage, DC canceled several of its lower-selling titles in late 1973...[Supergirl #10] and three other completed comic books slated for release in November 1973 (Secret Origins #7, Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #137, and Weird Worlds #10) were put on hold until the summer of 1974."
- Weird Worlds vol. 2 at the Grand Comics Database