We all know that the DC Comics, superheroes who are members of the global-spanning Justice League of America (JLA) is here to protect us from evildoers (Like Brainiac, Lex Luthor, Metallo, and Black Manta), but now, in a series of special comicbooks from DC and ConEd, they are also here to help us save energy and go green. Yep, that’s right, these specially-produced 8-comics from the past few years are giveaways that promote Green energy and star several of the DC superheroes, including the JLA, and their junior Pals, the Teen Titans.
Currently there are at least six that we know about; One in 2002 (Batman & the JLA), three in ‘06 (Superman & Wonder Woman, Teen Titans, Superman & Supergirl), one in ‘07 (Green Lantern & the JLA), and one in ‘08 (Superman). The promotional Con Edison Presents Energy & Safety Adventures comics are all giveaways, and produced by Con Edison/DC Comics. The 10 page promo book (eight pages plus covers) come complete with fold-out Teen posters, and also contain three stories each, as well as puzzles, and games inside targeted for younger readers.
Each of the comics are presented in the same sort of art-style that DC uses for its younger readers, and are patterned after DC’s various animated cartoon series starting each of the respective characters. Given that the comics themselves are a mere 10 pages in length, and split into three stories as well as the games and puzzles, the stories are brief and too the point (Bad guy disrupts power source, heroes use Green tech or Green energy practices to stop villain, Heroes are triumphant, and citizens learn about Green energy/practices. Short and to the point, but again, they are targeted for kids and used as promotional giveaways.
For those of us “older” comicbook fans, they provide a very cool and unique collectible, that can be acquired in the back-market or via the various online auction sites.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.