What's The Longest DC Went Without Using Their Greatest Villains?


In 1962's Green Lantern #18 (by John Broome, Gil Kane and Joe Giella), Sinestro is shrunken and trapped at the end of the issue...

It wasn't until January 1967, over four years later, that Sinestro returned in a comic with a classic Gil Kane cover...

but a bizarre story based on "My Mother the Car" (as I detailed in a recent article here).

What's amazing is that Sinestro technically spent almost a DECADE dead between 1994's "Emerald Twilight" and the Hal Jordan-led Spectre series, but through time travel stories and stories set in the past, Sinestro appeared a lot throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s.


This one is tricky, because it is based on Darkseid appearing in some non-continuity stories (like Adventures of Superman and Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman) after his introduction in the New 52. However, those count, so it looks like the biggest gap for Darkseid is from the ending of Jack Kirby's original Fourth World in 1974's Mister Miracle #18 (by Kirby and Mike Royer)...

and the revival in 1976's 1st Issue Special #13 (by Gerry Conway, Denny O'Neil and Mike Vosburg)...

I will obviously do a Marvel Comics one in the future, as well.

If anyone else has a suggestion for a bit of comic book history that you'd like to see me write about, just drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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