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DC Comics All-Star imprint.

All Star was an imprint of ongoing American comic book titles published by DC Comics that ran from 2005 to 2008. DC has published two titles under the All-Star banner, featuring Batman and Superman.


The premise of the imprint was to partner DC Comics' top tier characters with the most popular and acclaimed writers and artists. The creators had access to all elements in the characters' histories to present their interpretation for a modern audience that have not read these DC characters' comics previously, or had not seen them lately. The creative teams were not beholden to any previous and present continuities, and told stories that featured "the most iconic versions of these characters".

The project had been compared to the Ultimate line of Marvel Comics, which was a successful attempt to re-introduce Marvel's most popular characters to a new generation of readers by presenting new, updated versions unburdened by decades of plotlines.[1] There were several differences between the two imprints, though. While the Ultimate titles have closely interrelated storylines, of the two All-Star series released, there has been no effort to make them conform to each other or indicate they exist in the same continuity. Another is that All-Star did not seek to introduce brand new versions of the characters so much as to present them in unhindered continuity. Robin's origin was the only one "rebooted" in this imprint.

Some observers, and DC themselves, had pointed to the return of DC's major film franchises as an impetus for All-Star. "No one can doubt that some kind of continuity shedding is necessary with Superman and Batman coming to the big screens," the website wrote. "Moviegoers entertained by these films would find the current comics storylines impenetrable[2] ".

With the end of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's All-Star Superman and the rebranding of Frank Miller and Jim Lee's All Star Batman and Robin as Dark Knight: Boy Wonder as well as the introduction of the DC: Earth One line of OGNs, the imprint is effectively defunct.

All Star titles

Only three All-Star titles have been released, although the last title is technically not a part of All Star imprint since it went defunct 2008. The original intent was for the creators to present versions of the DC characters the public could identify with but has since evolved with the creators' sensibilities and story direction. In that regard, DC Comics has decided that each of the series would end when the creators decide they are done rather than continue with a new creative team.[3] The All-Star titles are self-contained, despite sharing a label. Each story within each book has the option of also having its own continuity, without ties to previous stories.

Unreleased titles

There were several other titles announced that would have added to the All-Star lineup but never saw publication.

  • All Star Wonder Woman was confirmed at the San Diego Comic Con 2006,[7] with Adam Hughes announced as writer and artist. Hughes intended to retell the character's origin story, and described his approach to the series as an "iconic interpretation" of the character,[8] but explained at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International that that project was "in the freezer" for the time being, due to the difficulty involved in both writing and illustrating himself.[9] As of October 2010, a page on his website indicated that after the current Catwoman series ended with issue #82, Hughes would cease his DC cover work, and focus on producing the six-issue All-Star Wonder Woman series.[10]
  • All Star Batgirl was announced at the Toronto Comic Book Expo in 2006. Geoff Johns and J. G. Jones were planning to work on the first six issues, which would present a connection between Barbara Gordon and Arkham Asylum. According to Johns, the series would feature "a mystery centering around Barbara Gordon’s transformation into Batgirl," as in Batman: The Long Halloween.[11] The title was described as not taking place in the continuity of All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder.[11]

See also


  1. ^ "All Stat Superman #1". 2006-01-06. Archived from the original on 2011-05-24. 
  2. ^[dead link]
  3. ^ Newsarama: Dan DiDio - 20 Answers, 1 Question - November 26, 2008
  4. ^ "What's Next for Frank Miller and Jim Lee?", DC Universe: The Source
  5. ^ "Sanderson, Peter; "Comics in Context #119: All-Star Bats: The goddamned Batman according to Frank Miller. Can redemption be found for the widely-despised All-Star title?";; February 6, 2006". 2006-02-06. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  6. ^ Brady, Matt. "Grant Morrison: All-Star Superman, and much, much more" Newsarama; May 3, 2008. Archived from the original on 2009-06-29.
  7. ^ Brady, Matt. "SDCC '06: HUGHES TO WRITE & DRAW ALL STAR WONDER WOMAN" Newsarama; July 23, 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-08-10. Retrieved 2013-5-24.
  8. ^ Brady, Matt. "ADAM HUGHES ON HIS NEW EXCLUSIVE & ALL STAR WONDER WOMAN" Newsarama; August 21, 2006. Archived from original on 2006-08-30. Retrieved 2013-05-24.
  9. ^ "Adam Hughes Sketching 11" YouTube; August 21, 2010. Retrieved September 10, 2010.
  10. ^ Updates & Info Just Say Ah!. Archived from the original on 2010-10-02. Retrieved October 14, 2010.
  11. ^ a b Brady, Matt. "TORONTO 06: GEOFF JOHNS TALKS ALL STAR BATGIRL" Newsarama; September 3, 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-11-20. Retrieved 2013-5-24.

External links

  • "DC Takes the Ultimate Chance on All-Stars"[dead link],, December 21, 2004; a report on the announcement of the All-Star imprint.
  • "All Star Superman #1", by Neil Kenyon, PopMatters, January 6, 2006; review that compares and contrasts All-Star and Ultimate lines.
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