DC Comics Bonus Book

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DC Comics Bonus Books were 16-page comic book stories inserted into issues of existing DC Comics series to showcase new writers and artists.[1][2] Running from April 1988 to February 1989, they consisted of a front cover, 14 pages of story, and a back cover with a brief biography of the story's creators. The addition of the insert did not entail an increase in the price of the comic book. The Bonus Books featured early work by such comics creators as Mark Askwith, Jim Balent, Randy DuBurke, Dean Haspiel, Rob Liefeld, Gordon Purcell,[3] and Denis Rodier.[4]

The issues[edit]

Issue (cover date) Bonus Book Writer(s) Artist(s) Citations
Action Comics #599 (April 1988) Superman and Jimmy Olsen Joe Calchi Britt Wisenbaker and James Scott [5]
The Flash vol. 2 #12 (May 1988) Doctor Light George Broderick Gordon Purcell and Timothy Dzon [6]
Doom Patrol vol. 2 #9 (June 1988) Celsius Steve Miller Randy DuBurke and Joe Alidetta [7]
Wonder Woman vol. 2 #18 (July 1988) Amazons Dan Littleford Palmer Worley and Brian Thomas [8]
Detective Comics #589 (August 1988) Batman Lewis Klahr and Steve Piersall Dean Haspiel and Denis Rodier [9]
The Warlord #131 (September 1988) Jennifer Morgan Steve Wilson Rob Liefeld and Jeff Albrecht [2][10]
Justice League International #18 (October 1988) Justice League International Mark Askwith James Webb and Mark Pennington [11][12]
Power of the Atom #4 (November 1988) Atom Joe Calchi Jim Balent and Dan Schaefer [13]
The Flash vol. 2 #19 (December 1988) Blue Trinity Hank Kanalz Bill Knapp and Jerry Acerno [14]
Suicide Squad #21 (December 1988) Bronze Tiger Larry Ganem Peter Krause and Fred Butler [15]
Detective Comics #595 (January 1989) Batman Jeff O'Hare Roderick Delgado and Jerry Acerno [16]
Wonder Woman vol. 2 #26 (January 1989) Amazons Tom Joyner Neil Vokes and Fred Butler [17]
Justice League International #24 (February 1989) Justice League International David Levin Dean Haspiel [18]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ McMillan, Graeme (December 11, 2013). "Top 10 Events DC Could Revive For Future New 52 Anniversaries". Newsarama. Archived from the original on December 13, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013. For just under a year (between April 1988 and February 1989 cover dates, in fact), one DC title each month would have an additional 16 page story in the guise of a separate comic, right in the middle of the book. These "Bonus Books" were used to try out new talent. 
  2. ^ a b Carbonaro, Paul (January 15, 1988). "The Warlord". Amazing Heroes. Fantagraphics Books (133): 192. 16-page inserts will be rotated through various DC titles...in 1988. They will be produced by new talent, and one such insert will appear in Warlord. 
  3. ^ Aamodt, Britt (2010). Superheroes, Strip Artists, & Talking Animals: Minnesota's Contemporary Cartoonists. Saint Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society Press. p. 88. ISBN 978-0873517775. DC also gave the young cartoonist a one-off assignment. They asked him to work on a bonus book (a free comic stuffed inside another comic) that would be paired with the next issue of Flash. 
  4. ^ Greenberger, Robert (April 2014). "New Talent and Bonus Babies". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (71): 71–73. 
  5. ^ Action Comics #599 at the Grand Comics Database
  6. ^ The Flash vol. 2 #12 at the Grand Comics Database
  7. ^ Doom Patrol vol. 2 #9 at the Grand Comics Database
  8. ^ Wonder Woman vol. 2 #18 at the Grand Comics Database
  9. ^ Detective Comics #589 at the Grand Comics Database
  10. ^ The Warlord #131 at the Grand Comics Database
  11. ^ Mangels, Andy (July 15, 1988). "Justice League International". Amazing Heroes. Fantagraphics Books (145): 129. Justice League International #18 will contain a Bonus Book. The story will be written by Mark Askwith, penciled by Jim Webb, and inked by Mark Pennington, and concerns the construction of Mr. Miracle's dream house. 
  12. ^ Justice League International #18 at the Grand Comics Database
  13. ^ Power of the Atom #4 at the Grand Comics Database
  14. ^ The Flash vol. 2 #19 at the Grand Comics Database
  15. ^ Suicide Squad #21 at the Grand Comics Database
  16. ^ Detective Comics #595 at the Grand Comics Database
  17. ^ Wonder Woman vol. 2 #26 at the Grand Comics Database
  18. ^ Justice League International #24 at the Grand Comics Database

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