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DC Comics is one of the major publishing companies producing comic book properties today. Founded in 1934, the company owns a number of popular characters whose stories have been translated to many media outlets including magazines, television and motion pictures.

Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are the company's flagship characters; their other characters include Supergirl, Green Lantern, and Captain Marvel.

Influence

I've always been interested in comic books as an art form, and when I was younger I was addicted to them. I read Superman and Superboy, but Captain Marvel was probably my favorite of the super-heroes. The comic I loved best, though, was Pogo. After all, Kermit's beginnings were in a swamp, too.
Jim Henson, Creator of The Muppets [1]

Muppet Mentions

Visual Mentions

Verbal Mentions

In the first season episode "White Knights"of the TV series DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Sara Lance (White Canary) says "Everything would have been fine, if Big Bird over here haven't freaked out" referring to Kendra (Hawkgirl) that panicked during a mission to break into the Pentagon.

References

Verbal references

Trivia

Geoff Johns 2014 Celebrity Pet Adoption Calendar

Geoff Johns, who has referenced the Muppets in several of his scripts for DC Comics, including a recurring reference in several issues of Green Lantern, features in a video promoting "The 2014 Celebrity Pet Adoption Calendar from Anne and Wil Wheaton". In his home, Johns has an Animal collectible plate on display behind him. (YouTube)

Connections

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  • Famed comic book illustrator Alex Ross, having been first exposed to the institution of a superhero by Super Grover in his childhood, painted a lavish cover for the box of Palisades Toys' Super Grover Action Figure which was later released commercially as a poster print.
  • The 1982 book and audio set, Justice League of America: The Lunar Invaders was directed and produced by Christopher Cerf. As such, a large number of Sesame Street employees are also featured as characters and worked as crew on the project.
  • The Hanna-Barbera series Superfriends, which went through many incarnations between 1973 and 1985, featured several actors who also worked on Muppet/Henson productions.
  • The 2001 Cartoon Network animated series Justice League (and its retitled version, Justice League Unlimited) again featured many actors who had also worked on Muppet/Henson productions.
    • Ed Asner played Hephaestus in "Hawk and Dove" and Granny Goodness in "The Ties That Bind"
    • Jason Bateman played Hermes in "The Balance"
    • Ben Browder played Bat Lash in "The Once and Future Thing: Weird Western Tales"
    • Dan Castellaneta played a minister in "Maid of Honor"
    • Michael Dorn played Kalibak
    • Brad Garrett played Lobo in "Hereafter"
    • Mark Hamill played the Joker and Solomon Grundy in many episodes and the Trickster in "Flash and Substance"
    • William Hootkins played the commander in "The Terror Beyond"
    • Arte Johnson played Vermin Vunderbarr in "The Ties That Bind"
    • Michael McKean played the Sportsman in the episode "Legends"
    • Sam McMurray played Gilbert Hale and a reporter in "Fearful Symmetry"
    • Rob Paulsen played Lightray and Helmsman in "Twilight"
    • Robert Picardo played Blackhawk in "The Savage Time" and Amazo
    • Glenn Shadix played Mandragora in "Double Date"
    • Cree Summer played a female singer in "Fearful Symmetry"
    • Dave Thomas played Harv Hickman in "A Night of Shadows" and Ernst in "The Savage Time"

Other cast connections:

Other connections come from the print division or across multiple media:

  • David Allikas wrote issues of The Unexpected (1979), Ghosts (1980-1981), G. I. Comics (1980-1986), House of Mystery (1981), Weird War Tales (1981-1982), and Sgt. Rock (1986-1987)
  • John Costanza wrote and drew humorous one-pagers for Aquaman, House of Secrets, House of Mystery, Our Fighting Forces, Star Spangled War Stories (all 1970), and Weird War Tales (1972); pencils and inks for a story in Captain Carrot and His Amazing zoo Crew! (1982); and lettering on many DC titles, including Green Lantern (1970-1986), Jonah Hex (1982-1983), Swamp Thing (1985-1994), and Green Arrow (1988-1998)
  • Sholly Fisch has written many DC Comics, including "Super Friends", "Batman Beyond", and "Justice League Unlimited"
  • Rich Fogel wrote and/or story edited Superman (1998-2000), Batman Beyond (1999-2001), Justice League (2001-2004), and Krypto the Superdog (2006) as well as writing the comics Batman Beyond #9 (2000) and Justice League of America one-shot (2009)
  • Judith Hunt drew the two issue Robotech Defenders (1985)
  • Marv Wolfman wrote The New Teen Titans (1980-1988, 1994-1996), Detective Comics (1971, 1990), Action Comics (1980-1984, 1988, 2001), Batman (1980-1981, 1989-1990), Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985-1986), and many others, and wrote for the online game DC Universe Online (2011)

Sources

  1. Fifty Who Made DC Great, 1985
  2. Confirmed by Art Baltazar by email via Scott Hanson
  3. Nile Rodgers biography

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