DC is perhaps the most influential, important and widely-known comic book publishers in the world. From Superman and Wonder Woman to Kingdom Come and Watchmen, DC is responsible for creating some of the most iconic heroes and stories to ever enter the comic book medium. However, amid all the cinematic universes, video games and merchandise, it is worth remembering the origins and influence of DC in the world of comic books.
Turning 85 years old this year, now seems like the perfect time to reflect on the countless number of industry defining writers and artists that have personally shaped the continuity and identity of DC Comics. Also worth noting, however, are the iconic moments that have gained life beyond the confines of their original page, as well as the scenes and portraits that have found deeper meaning than the rest in the eyes of the comic community, and even more mainstream media.
Comic books are a uniquely visual medium, an art form that has a unique relationship with the written word. It is a platform where speech bubbles and illustrations of men in tights can, and certainly have, produced some of the most striking, thought-provoking and outright gorgeous pieces of art to ever exist in modern popular culture.
Here are the ones every fan simply must see.