The Complete Story of Animal Man

As the Continuity Pages continue to grow, the pages for Animal Man have been completed, comprising a guided tour of all 125 Animal Man-centric issues that DC has ever published, along with every collected edition.

The Animal Man section totals nine pages, each with its own introduction. Eight of these pages also list individual issues in chronological order, with covers and other information, from 1965 to last month’s release.

Animal Man Vol. 1 #1As you read through these pages, you can also follow a running total of the number of original issues covered, listed to the right of each applicable title. Thus, Grant Morrison’s Animal Man Vol. 1 #1 may be considered the sixth issue of an Animal Man meta-series that began with his first appearance. The final issue of that series, Animal Man Vol. 1 #89, is the 96th Animal Man-centric issue overall (including an annual and an issue of Secret Origins). After the mini-series The Last Days of Animal Man, the current series debuts with the 103rd Animal Man-centric issue overall.

Admittedly, Animal Man’s history isn’t the most complex to put into chronological order. Still, it’s nice to see his first five appearances, in Strange Adventures Vol. 1 during the 1960s, integrated into a whole. So too with Grant Morrison’s Secret Origins Vol. 3 #39, Animal Man Annual Vol. 1 #1, The Last Days of Animal Man, and Animal Man Annual Vol. 2 #1. At a glance, you can see where Animal Man Vol. 2 #0 and Animal Man Annual Vol. 2 #1 occur within the current series, giving you a logical reading order. You can also see where the “Rotworld” issues of Swamp Thing occur within Animal Man’s story, where many other Animal Man appearances occur in his overall story, and even where you should read his two-page origin from the back of 52 #19.

It’s all on the Animal Man Continuity Pages, which are now complete and up to date.

I hope you like what you see here. Rest assured that the Continuity Pages, while very much a work in progress, will continue to grow (as I find the time to work on them). For an example of what they’re capable of, when dealing with a more complex situation involving a family of titles, check out the John Byrne Superman page.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

In 1996, while still an undergraduate, Dr. Julian Darius founded what would become Sequart Organization. After graduating magna cum laude from Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin), he obtained his M.A. in English, authoring a thesis on John Milton and utopianism. In 2002, he moved to Waikiki, teaching college while obtaining an M.A. in French (high honors) and a Ph.D. in English. In 2011, he founded Martian Lit, which publishes creative work, including his comic book Martian Comics. He currently lives in Illinois.

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