How long did DC use their Mascot "Johnny DC"?
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Johnny DC.

I had never heard of this DC Mascot until I saw him in a Batman comic I'm selling today.

How long did DC use their Mascot, "Johnny DC"?  Did he ever gain traction or did they scrap him quickly?  Did they ever make a character toy of him?

Also, who's the bald guy in the upper right corner next to Flash?  Is that Luthor?

 

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Sgt Rock and Blackhawk look SO wrong.  Hawkman???? what's with his helmet?

ALL of the men looked like they missed "Leg Day" at the gym.

Green Lantern.... just a really bizarre pose.

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Near as I can tell he started around 1958 or so. Looking at the picture of the characters will give you a good idea. I used to have a couple plastic rack hangers with him on them from late '50's-early '60's but can't find them right now. I do have this cool DC promo glass that I got from famous Superman collector Danny Fuchs many years ago. He said it was an internal DC promo piece given to artists and executives.

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5 hours ago, Robot Man said:

Near as I can tell he started around 1958 or so. Looking at the picture of the characters will give you a good idea. I used to have a couple plastic rack hangers with him on them from late '50's-early '60's but can't find them right now. I do have this cool DC promo glass that I got from famous Superman collector Danny Fuchs many years ago. He said it was an internal DC promo piece given to artists and executives.

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Nice piece!

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10 hours ago, Robot Man said:

Near as I can tell he started around 1958 or so. Looking at the picture of the characters will give you a good idea. I used to have a couple plastic rack hangers with him on them from late '50's-early '60's but can't find them right now. I do have this cool DC promo glass that I got from famous Superman collector Danny Fuchs many years ago. He said it was an internal DC promo piece given to artists and executives.

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Leave it to RobotMan to have a cool artifact of Johnny DC.   That's gotta be a pretty rare piece.

I think the ad I showed up above was from 1960 or 61

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The characters tell the time period. Note how small the Flash is. Who is the girl at bottom? Judy from “A Date with Judy”? 

Yeah, Danny told me this was given out only to staffers, executives and special people. 

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I don't know the answer to the original question.

However, as a kid in the 80's, I was introduced to the concept in Ambush Bug thanks to the spinoff character Jonni DC, Continuity Cop, who would patrol the comics making sure continuity wasn't messed up.

 

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Jonni DC seems to have had a little more shelf like than her predecessor, as she re-appeared just last year in the pages of Harley Quinn.

 

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On 9/25/2019 at 1:03 PM, Robot Man said:

Near as I can tell he started around 1958 or so. Looking at the picture of the characters will give you a good idea. I used to have a couple plastic rack hangers with him on them from late '50's-early '60's but can't find them right now. I do have this cool DC promo glass that I got from famous Superman collector Danny Fuchs many years ago. He said it was an internal DC promo piece given to artists and executives.

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Great glass! I have one as well but I'll not bother to post my photos since yours are a lot better.

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I love the promotional items. They must be incredibly rare. I did want to point that here was nothing wrong with the Silver Age  Hawkman's helmet in the group shot. It is the one he wore in his first four appearances, Brave and the Bold #34, #35, #36 and #42 in 1961 and 1962. The more familiar helmet was first used in #43. Also, that is pretty much what the Martian Manhunter looked like at the time. 

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7 hours ago, Gardner Broome said:

I did want to point that here was nothing wrong with the Silver Age  Hawkman's helmet in the group shot. It is the one he wore in his first four appearances, Brave and the Bold #34, #35, #36 and #42 in 1961 and 1962. The more familiar helmet was first used in #43.

Yes! And I still say that Hawkman's original headgear without the wings looked better.

:preach:

 

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