News broke yesterday that DC Comics, one of the largest comic book publishers in the world, has allowed its rights to some of 20th century fiction’s most beloved pulp characters to lapse.
After the failure of their 2010 “First Wave” initiative, which sought to bring characters like The Spirit, Doc Savage, and The Avenger into mainstream continuity, the decision was made by the publisher to focus on their own library of little known characters to develop.
While DC’s approach is understandable from a business perspective, it is sad to see such rich characters returned to mothballs. This fan can only hope that they will some day find a home with a publisher who will give them the attention and exposure they so richly deserve. Perhaps they will make their way into the heavily pulpy universe of radio heroes being built over at Dynamite. Doc Savage/Shadow crossover, anyone?