June is Pride Month across the United State and across most parts of the world. DC Comics continues its tradition of celebrating Pride Month with their annual DC Pride anthology. However, DC Pride will not be the only thing the publisher produces highlight its legacy of acceptance and inclusion with the LGBTQIA+ community. According to a recent statement, this year’s commemoration of Pride will begin in May with all new publications spotlighting all of the characters in the LGBTQIA+ community within the DC universe and go throughout the rest of the year as DC Comics releases variant covers across its line of titles honoring Pride.
A New Encyclopedia Spotlighting DC’s History of Inclusion
The DC Book of Pride cover by Paulina Ganucheau (Credit: DC Comics)
On May 16th, DC Comics will release a new book in collaboration between DK and Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer Products. The DC Book of Pride is describe as “an inspiring illustrated hardcover that profiles more than 50 LGBTQIA+ characters in detail, including Harley Quinn, Jon Kent, Nubia, Tim Drake, Batwoman, Aquaman, Dreamer, new character Circuit Breaker, and many more,” DC said in its statement. It’s written by Galaxy: The Prettiest Star writer Jadzia Axelrod. The DC Book of Pride illustrates the some of the rich histories, origins, , and important storylines of DC’s queer Heroes and Villains. Renowned illustrator Paulina Ganucheau provides not only the interior art, but also a beautiful exclusive cover. It is a wonderful guide arriving in time for Pride Month.
DC Pride 2023 #1 Arrives Just in Time to Kick Off Pride Month
This year, DC Pride returns on May 30th, just in time to kick off Pride Month. It will present an all new collection of stories starring fan-favorite LGBTQIA+ characters within the DC Universe. DC Pride 2023 #1, the publisher’s annual anthology containing stories spotlighting LGBTQIA+ fan favorites, will be an 104-page Prestige format comic. This year’s issue will feature an introduction by artist Phil Jimenez, a main cover by Mateus Manhanini, and open-to-order variant covers by Gabriel Picolo, Jen Bartel, and Oscar Vega.
DC Pride 2023 #1 covers (Credit: DC Comics)
DC announced the following creative teams for DC Pride 2023 #1, which include:
- Tim Drake and Connor Hawke by Nadia Shammas and Bruka Jones
- Circuit Breaker and the Flash of Earth-11 by A.L. Kaplan
- Midnighter, Apollo and Alan Scott Green Lantern by Josh Trujillo and Don Aguillo
- Ghost-Maker and Catman vs. Cannon and Saber by Rex Ogle and Stephen Sadowski
- Jon Kent and John Constantine by Christopher Cantwell and Skylar Patridge
- Natasha Irons and Nubia by Mildred Louis
- Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Crush by Leah Williams and Paulina Ganucheau
- Multiversity by Grant Morrison and Hayden Sherman
The anthology will also include a new, five-page preview of an upcoming Dreamer story by Nicole Maines and Rye Hickman. Pinup pages featuring artwork by Maria Llovet, Ro Stein and Ted Brandt, Travis Moore, Noah Dao, Claire Roe, Babs Tarr, and more will be throughout the issue.
DC Pride: Through The Years Reprints Some Classic Stories Plus a New One Starring Alan Scott
On June 13, DC Pride: Through the Years #1 hits store shelves. Unlike the annual anthology, DC Pride: Through the Years reprints several classic out-of-print stories from over the past 30 years in one oversized format. It ends with a brand new story that teases more to come.
At 80 pages, DC Pride: Through the Years, will have a special cover by Derek Charm. It contains reprints of The Flash #53 by William Messner-Loebs and Greg LaRocque, Detective Comics #854 by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams, and Supergirl #19 by Steve Orlando, Vita Ayala, and Jamal Campbell. It concludes with an all-new story by Tim Sheridan and Cian Tormey featuring Alan Scott of the JSA. DC states that the story teases “exciting new stories that will light the way for Alan’s next great adventure.”
DC Continues Celebrating Pride Throughout 2023 in Its Regular Titles
Throughout the rest of 2023, DC will highlight Pride-themed variant covers on series featuring queer characters in regular and lead roles. Such covers include Steelworks #1, Spirit World #2, Green Arrow #3, Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #4, Superman #5, and others. Take a look at some of the covers below: