Edited by Douglas Brode, Alicia M. Goodman, and Robert G. Weiner
The editors of a forthcoming volume are seeking concise essays of around 5,000 words related to any aspect of the DC Universe. We are seeking pieces that are academically sound, but accessible to the general reader. We want a unique collection of original and interpretive essays about the DC Universe that give original insights about all sorts of aspects related to the Universe DC has built since the 1930s. We are also doing a companion volume looking at the Marvel Universe.
The editors are operating under the premise that the term ‘universe’ has come to be associated with the vast output of DC in terms of their diverse products: films, TV series, comic books, graphic novels, video games, action figures, and numerous other commercial products featuring their characters. In truth, the term is more significant than simply a catch-all as the DC Universe does indeed offer a unique, organized, and interlocking element that obeys the rules of a true Solar System. We are looking for individual articles focusing on everything from the distinct quality of action figures and/or video games to how specific characters have gradually evolved in film, television, books, comics, graphic novels etc.,
Subjects may include, but are not limited to:
- DC Elseworlds Universe
- Race in the DC Universe from the Golden Age to today
- Sexuality in the DC Universe
- The Golden Age Universe of DC (early attempts at codifying the DC as one universe JSA etc.)
- The Multiple Earths and Multiverse
- DC’s Television Universe (Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl) (The 1950s Superman
and Superpup) (1960s Batman and Batgirl pilot) (2000s Wonder Woman pilot, Aquaman, Smallville).
- DC’s attempt at a cinematic Universe.
- DC and animation universes Superfriends, Batman (1970s), Batman (1990s) and Superman (1990s), JLA, and
other animated programs that tie together.
- Gender and DC
- DC Universe and Religion
- Anti-Heroes in DC (e.g. Lobo)
- Time Travel in DC
- What is canon in DC?
- The DC Westernverse
- 1950s DC Universe
- The Cosmic DC Verse
- Toys related to DC
- Videogame worlds of DC
- Villainy in DC
- The perfect Superhero in the DC Universe
- The Dark DC Universe
- The key figures in the creation of DC (Bill Finger, Jerry Siegel, Denny O’ Neil, Neal Adams, Scott Synder, Grant
Morrison, Alan Moore, Jerry Robinson, etc.,)
Please send a 200-500 word abstract to Douglas Brode email@example.com and Alicia Goodman firstname.lastname@example.org by July 31st , 2018. Please note that submission of an abstract and/or paper does not guarantee publication.