Justice League of America Poster # 3 FRAMED DC: The New Frontier #6 (2004) Darwyn Cooke


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A onetime fashion magazine art director turned storyboard artist for various DC animated TV properties, Canadian Darwyn Cooke was already a rising star in the comics world when he produced the landmark six-issue miniseries DC The New Frontier in 2004. Set at the dawn of the Silver Age, New Frontier comprised a retelling of the earliest adventures of some of DC’s most beloved- and most forgotten- heroes. Chock full of shout-outs and sly references to slivers of continuity that cheered many a fanboy’s (and girl’s) heart, the innovative epic earned Cooke an Eisner Award for Best Limited Series. “The book seems to have really touched a lot of people in a particular way. I can remember when Alan Moore did the Watchmen and Frank Miller did Dark Knight. For the following ten years, whenever either one of them did an interview, they talkabout about how they never intended to turn their whole industry grim and gritty with those books, but that is what happened. And keeping in mind that it was ’99, 2000 when I came up with the idea for New Frontier, I remember it being really important to me to try and put out a story that reminded us of the heroic ideal- and remind everybody who was going further and further down the grim and gritty road- and that’s readers and creators alike- what it was we loved about this stuff in the first place and why it was special.”- Darwyn Cooke. DC: The New Frontier is an Eisner, Harvey, and Shuster Award-winning six-issue comic book limited series written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke, published by DC Comics in 2004. It was then collected into two trade paperback volumes from 2004–2005 and then an Absolute Edition in 2006. The story was adapted as an animated movie titled Justice League: The New Frontier, and released on February 26, 2008. The series was influenced by works such as Kingdom Come, The Golden Age, Watchmen, and The Dark Knight Returns. Much like The Golden Age, New Frontier takes place primarily in the 1950s, and depicts the Golden Age superheroes Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman meeting Silver Age characters the Flash, Green Lantern, and Martian Manhunter. The story bridges the gap from the end of the Golden Age to the beginning of the Silver Age in the DC Universe. The continuity of New Frontier includes elements of both the Golden and Silver Ages. Included are some traditional elements from the DCU applied in the series that aren’t Golden or Silver Age-related, such as the cameo appearances of Harvey Bullock and Darkseid, who did not appear until the 1970s. Another factor is that many of the characters appeared as they did when they were created, and not retconned to fit the era and story around them. As explained by Darwyn Cooke himself, from a fan podcast called Fanboy Radio, “all retcons are irrelevant; the only continuity that matters is the ‘prime continuity’ established in the first year by the guys who created the strips. I’m following the exact continuity of the original books in the original time they occurred.” For example, the Martian Manhunter lands on Earth in 1953, the same year in which the Golden Age Manhunter from Mars, Roh Kar, was created, who served as the character’s prototype until J’onn J’onzz’s actual first appearance in Detective Comics #255 as Detective John Jones in 1955. Barry Allen becomes The Flash in 1956, the same year as his first appearance in the comics, and Hal Jordan acquires the power ring and becomes Green Lantern in 1959, again the same year that story was published. Although Cooke considers New Frontier to take place in pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths continuity, he nevertheless did not employ the period-accurate Earth-One and Earth-Two Multiverse concepts. Thus, he effectively uses a variation of the post-Crisis continuity whereby the Golden and Silver Age heroes both exist in a unified timeline rather than separate realities. Subsequently, the New Frontier universe, or a very similar version of it, has been identified as one of the 52 Earths in the current DC multiverse, designated as Earth-21. An adaptation was made as a direct-to-video animated film, written by writer Stan Berkowitz, produced by Bruce Timm, with Darwyn Cooke serving as story and visual consultant. Darwyn Cooke is a comic book writer, artist, cartoonist and animator, known for his work on the comic books Catwoman, DC: The New Frontier, The Spirit and Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter. In the early 1990s Cooke decided to return to comics, but found little interest for his work at the major publishers. Eventually he was hired by Warner Bros. Animation after replying to an ad placed by animator Bruce Timm. He went on to work as a storyboard artist for Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series, and in 1999 he animated the main title design for Batman Beyond. In 2001, Cooke and writer Ed Brubaker teamed up to revamp the Catwoman character. They started with a 4 issue serial “Trail of the Catwoman” in Detective Comics #759-762 in which private detective Slam Bradley attempts to investigate the death of Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman). The story led into a new Catwoman title in late 2001 by Brubaker and Cooke, in which the character’s costume, supporting cast and modus operandi were all redesigned and redeveloped. Cooke would stay on the series, which was met with critical and fan acclaim, up until issue #4. In 2002 he would write and draw a prequel, the Selina’s Big Score graphic novel which detailed what had happened to the character directly before her new series. Cooke’s next project was the ambitious DC: The New Frontier (2004), a six issue miniseries which sought to tell an epic storyline bridging the gap between the end of the golden and the start of the silver age of comic books in the DC Universe. The story, which was set in the 1950s, featured dozens of super-hero characters and drew inspiration from the comic books and movies of the period as well as from Tom Wolfe’s non-fiction account of the start of the US Space Program The Right Stuff. The major DC characters are introduced in The New Frontier in the same order that DC originally published them, even down to the correct month and year in the story’s timeline.


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