Saturday, June 19, 2010
Is Johnny DC a mutant or an alien? Neither, the answer he is a poorly-drawn metafictional character. In the Silver Age, Johnny DC was DC Comic's mascot that was used to promote comics. In the late 1980's, Johnny DC was the "host" of a comic promo page called "DCI with Johnny DC", which had miscellaneous DC Comic News, usually putting some comic books and creators in the spotlight and had a "partial checklist" of DC Comic titles. In the late 1990's, he appears as the main villain in the comedic, non-cannon Serigo Aragones Destroys DC, where he is delusional and thinks that the DC heroes have changed for the worst and tries to destroy the Justice League (by turning into a huge monstrous version of himself), only to be stopped by Batman. In 2004, Johnny was revamped as being a cartoon-like, mostly-silhouetted child that appears in DC Comics for 8-13 year olds. These were mostly comics based on Warner Brothers shows (Powerpuff Girls, Scooby Doo, Looney Tunes), oddly including comics based on shows based on DC Comics comics (The Batman Strikes!, Teen Titans Go!, Justice League Unlimited and Legion of Super Heroes in the 31st Century). Supposedly, Johnny edited the letters columns for these comics.