The DNAgents

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The DNAgents
The DNAgents
Art by Will Meugniot.
Publication information
PublisherEclipse Comics
FormatOngoing series
Publication date1983
Creative team
Created byMark Evanier
Will Meugniot

The DNAgents is a comic-book series created by writer Mark Evanier and artist Will Meugniot[1] 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.

The series centers on a team of superheroes created through genetic engineering by the Matrix Corporation to act as superhuman enforcers for the head of the company.

Publication history[edit]

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.[1] 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.[1]

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.

Other characters[edit]

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.

The first issue of DNAgents. Art by Will Meugniot & Al Gordon.

Other media[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Gerber, Steve (April 1983). "Will Meugniot". Comics Interview (2). Fictioneer Books. pp. 36–42.

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