The Brave and the Bold

The Brave and the Bold

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schedule = Monthly
format=(vol. 1 & 3)
Ongoing series
(vol. 3 & "Flash and Green Lantern:...")
Limited series
limited =Y
ongoing =Y
publisher = DC Comics
date = (vol. 1)
(vol. 2)
("Flash and Green Lantern:...")
(vol. 3)
2007- Current
issues = (vol. 1)
(vol. 2 and "Flash and Green Lanter:...")
6 each
(vol. 3)
13 (as of March 2008)
main_char_team = (vol. 1)
Many characters until Batman and a rotation of DCU characters with #50
(vol. 2)
Green Arrow, the Question, and the Butcher
("Flash and Green Lantern:...")
Flash, Geen Lantern
(vol. 3)
Rotating characters from the DCU
writers = (vol. 3)
Mark Waid(1-16)
Marv Wolfman(17-
artists =
pencillers = (vol. 3)
George Pérez (1-10) Jerry Ordway (11-13)) Scott Kolins (14-16)
Phil Winslade(17-
subcat=DC Comics
sort=Brave and the Bold

"The Brave and the Bold" is the title shared by many comic book series published by DC Comics. It was first published as an ongoing series from 1955 to 1983, then two mini-series in 1991 and in 1999, and was finally revived as an ongoing in 2007.

The focus of each version of the comic has varied over time but most commonly (and currently) features team-ups of characters from across the DC Universe.

Publication history

Volume 1

The first volume of the series ran for 200 issues from August 1955 to July 1983. Originally, "Brave and the Bold" was an anthology series featuring adventure tales from past ages with characters like Silent Knight, Viking Prince, Golden Gladiator, Robin Hood, and many others. But with issue #25, the series got reinvented and started as a try-out title for new characters. These new characters and teams became well-known thanks to the book, such as the Suicide Squad, Metamorpho, Nemesis, and most famously, the Teen Titans and The Justice League of America. But again, with issue #50, the series was reinvented as a venue for team-ups between established characters. And from all the team-ups, the most common one were team-ups between Batman and another DC-related character. Thus, accidentally, the series became, and has been ultimately known as, a Batman team-up book. The final issue featured the then-latest new superhero team that happened to be Batman's own superhero team; Batman and the Outsiders.


In December 1991-June 1992, "The Brave and the Bold" returned as a 6 part mini-series featuring Green Arrow, The Question, and the Butcher. The mini-series was written by Mike Grell.

Then in October 1999- March 2000, a second 6 part mini-series was published starring The Flash and Green Lantern titled "Flash and Green Lantern: The Brave and the Bold". This mini-series was written by Mark Waid and Tom Peyer with art by Barry Kitson and Tom Grindberg. A trade paperback of this mini-series was published in 2001 (ISBN 1563897083).

The title was used again in 2001 for "The Brave and the Bold Annual No. 1 1969 Issue", a one-shot special that reprinted selected Silver Age team-ups in the 1960s-style 80-Page Giant format, as a companion piece to the original comic book series, had an Annual issue been published at that time.

Volume 2

DC resurrected the "Brave and the Bold" title as a on-going series in April 2007, written by Mark Waid.

The first arc started with Batman and Green Lantern, then featured a string of team ups continuing from there. The following that stories, issues 7-8 were solo team-ups from Wonder Woman & Power Girl, to The Flash & the Doom Patrol. Issues 9-12 returned to the plotline of first arc and concluded the storyline started back in issue #1. Following the conclusion of the first major storyline, Waid delved into a few smaller stories featuring Batman and Jay Garrick, Green Arrow and Deadman, Hawkman and Nightwing,and Superman and Catwoman. He left the book with issue #16 and was followed by writer Marv Wolfman.

It was announced at WonderCon that in November 2008 J. Michael Straczynski will take over writing duties and Jesus Saiz will supply the art, [ [ JMS named as the new The Brave and The Bold writer] , Newsarama, May 8, 2008] [ [ Talking Brave and The Bold with JMS] , Newsarama, May 12, 2008] however David Hine and Doug Braithwaite are now scheduled for a four issue run before JMS takes over. [ [ David Hine on his Brave and the Bold Arc] , Newsarama, August 27, 2008] [ [ David Hine: He's Brave as well as Bold] , Comics Bulletin, August 29, 2008]


In 2005 an archive edition, "The Brave and the Bold Team-Ups Archive", was published containing the first 'team-up' issues. Other issues have appeared in the following collections:

* "Showcase Presents: Justice League of America vol 1." (#28-30)
* "Showcase Presents: Hawkman vol 1." (#34-36, #42-43)
* "Showcase Presents: Green Arrow vol 1." (#50, #71, #85)
* "Showcase Presents: Haunted Tank vol 1." (#52)
* "Showcase Presents: The Teen Titans vol 1." (#54, #60)
* "Showcase Presents: Metamorpho vol 1." (#57-58, #66, #68)
* "Showcase Presents: The Brave & The Bold - Batman Team-Ups vol 1." (#59, #64, #67, #69-71, #74-87)
* "Showcase Presents: The Brave & The Bold - Batman Team-Ups vol 2." (88-109)
* "Showcase Presents: The Brave & The Bold - Batman Team-Ups vol 3." (109-134)

Then in 2007, DC Comics started releasing hardcovers of the current "Brave and the Bold" series. Volume 1, released on December 5th, 2007, . While Volume 2: "The Book of Destiny", to be released on August 5th, 2008, .

*"Brave and the Bold: vol 1. Lord of Luck" (#1-6)
*"Brave and the Bold: vol 2. The Book of Destiny" (#7-12)


The series won Alley Awards in 1962 for Best Single Comic Book Cover (#42 by Joe Kubert), in 1965 for Best Comic Book Cover (#61 by Murphy Anderson), and in 1968 for Best Full-Length Story ("Track of the Hook" in #79 by Bob Haney and Neal Adams).

In other media

Justice League

"The Brave and the Bold" was used as the title for a two-part episode of the first season of "Justice League". The title seems to refer to the The Flash and Green Lantern characters in connection to the second mini-series featuring Barry Allen and Hal Jordan in the roles.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Announced in early 2008, an animated series based on the comic book series will be made as the next DC Animated cartoon. [ [ The World's Finest ] ] As the title suggests, the series will feature Batman teaming-up with various characters of the DC Universe, much like the first volume of the ongoing series. Known characters to have been revealed so far are:

Adam Strange, Aquaman, The Atom, Batman, Black Canary, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Deadman, Doctor Fate, Fire, Firestorm, Flash, Green Arrow, The Green Lantern Corps, Guy Gardner, Justice Society of America, Jonah Hex, Kamandi, Huntress, Metamorpho, Red Tornado, Plastic Man, and Wildcat.

Black Manta, Calendar Man, Cavalier, Clock King, Gentleman Ghost, Gorilla Grodd, Kite Man, Kanjar Ro, Ocean Master, and Zebra-Man.

The series is set to start airing in Fall 2008.



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External links

* [ Index and Cover Gallery of the original Brave and the Bold]
* [ The Brave and The Bold Animated Series Announcement]

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