Art by Will Meugniot.
|Created by||Mark Evanier
The DNAgents is a comic-book series created by writer Mark Evanier and artist Will Meugniot and published by Eclipse Comics in 1983. It was later picked up briefly by Antarctic Press. In June 2006, reprinted issues were collected into DNAgents Volume 1.
Both Marvel Comics and DC Comics expressed interest in publishing The DNAgents, but Evanier and Meugniot decided against signing with them because they would have had to give up the TV and merchandising rights, and since both Evanier and Meugniot had extensive backgrounds and contacts in the television industry, they were confident that they would be able to sell DNAgents as a TV series without help from a publisher. Mike Friedrich served as an agent for Evanier and Meugniot, submitting The DNAgents to five different publishers. When all five offered to publish it, they decided on Eclipse Comics, a large independent publisher, for the amount of creative freedom they were ready to allow and for their strong plan for promoting the series.
The DNAgents reappeared in a cameo The Savage Dragon #41 (July 1997).
- Tank: The team's gentle giant, has a great love for food, super-strength, and an armored suit and weapon suite.
- Surge: A hothead who can control and generate electricity.
- Amber: She could manipulate psionic energy to create shields, weapons or energy blasts. Very outgoing, social and curious.
- Sham: A shapeshifter and infiltration agent.
- Rainbow: A telepath who can create and manipulate illusions, and dabbled in nude modeling.
Crossfire, another Eclipse comic of the era written by Mark Evanier, was a frequent guest character, and a romantic interest for Rainbow.
In issue #13, an attempt to create a new DNAgent resulted in Snafu, who later became a pet to Sham.
In issue #14, the DNAgents engaged in a "non-crossover" with the Teen Titans comic where each team faced a homage of the other with the DNAgents meeting up with "Project Youngblood" while the Titans dealt with the genetically-engineered "ReCombatants" in Tales of the Teen Titans #48. At the end of both stories, the homage/parody teams sacrificed themselves to save the main heroes.
- In 1986 a sourcebook was printed by Fantasy Games Unlimited for using the characters with their Villains and Vigilantes superhero role playing game. This book also contained conversion notes for Champions and Superworld RPGs.