I have been following with some interest all of the news that has been revealed about the upcoming DC projects as we enter the company's 75th year. In particular, I have been pretty excited to read that a new History of the DC Universe and Who's Who will be coming out this year.
Over on the source, Dan Didio gave the most info on the projects that I have read to date. Here is the link. As always, the entire piece is worth reading, but I am focusing on the Who's Who piece here.
A new WHO’s WHO is currently in production with the first issue hitting the stores in May. Like the original series, this is a massive undertaking: 18 issues, over 800 entries and featuring, literally, a thousand characters. Former DC Editor Bob Greenberger has returned to the fold (Bob worked on the original Who’s Who as well) and is taking on the incredible task of building this series so that it has the same lasting impact of the first one.
Believe it or not, I am old enough to have collected the original Who's Who when it came out in the mid-1980s. I enjoyed reading about all the characters and their origins. I liked that DC did their best to get the character's 'signature artist' to draw the entry page. It meant we saw a lot of Curt Swan and Jack Kirby ... but those guys are masters. I also liked how the entries were somewhat vague when it came to describing powers. A character might be listed as having super-strength or maybe vast super-strength. But there was never anything finite like 'the ability to lift 64,ooo tons' as was seen in other companies' character directories.
As a DC history nut, I am definitely planning on getting this run of Who's Who.
The issue cover above is the Who's Who from 1986 that includes Supergirl's entry, released months after her death in Crisis on Infinite Earths #7.
While most of the covers were drawn by George Perez, John Byrne drew this one. I believe by this time, Byrne had already been named as the successor to the Superman reins. So it was natural for DC to promote his version of the Man of Steel.
Supergirl takes up a big part of the back cover as she stands with Kal-L. I always thought Byrne drew a good Supergirl. And, remember, he did bring her back as Matrix.
And here is the actual Supergirl Who's Who page. I thought it was great that DC got Supergirl legend Jim Mooney to draw her. This may be the only published picture by Mooney of Kara in the 'headband' costume. Mooney's version *was* Supergirl for so long I don't know who DC would have asked to draw her instead.
I also like that a background picture of her as Linda is so prominent. Supergirl was Linda too. And Mooney even has Linda in the famous 'campus cuddle-bun' style that readers voted on in the 60s.
I know that DC came out with a larger format Who's Who sometime in the 1990s. It was in a format that you could arrange them however you wanted to in a 3 ring binder. If there was a Supergirl page from that version, I would love to see it.
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