The second volume of DC’s essential guide — including the entire Who’s Who In the Legion series — has a publication date…
If there’s been one hardcover collection that’s gotten fans whipped into a frenzy this year, it’s DC’s Who’ Who Omnibus Vol. 1, which reprinted the seminal ’80s series in the spring. I’m not privy to sales numbers but anytime we’ve posted about it, the response from readers has been extremely enthusiastic.
Well, if you’re one of the excited fans, start saving your pennies for next May, when the Who’s Who Omnibus Vol. 2 is released.
Dig this official description from an Amazon listing — which includes the series that was originally released as loose-leaf pages:
WHO’s WHO OMNIBUS VOL. 2
DC’s encyclopedia of heroes and villains steps into the 1990s in this massive hardcover continuing the classic Who’s Who biography series!
In the 1980s, DC exhaustively catalogued their massive roster of heroes and villains with the Who’s Who series, presenting encyclopedia entries for their iconic characters and locations.
In 1990, with a new decade dawning, DC debuted follow-up series Who’s Who in the DC Universe—presenting updated entries on timeless heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman, along with characters that defined the era like Lobo and Shade the Changing Man. Each entry is illustrated by top comics artists including Chris Bachalo, Colleen Doran, Kevin Maguire, and Adam Hughes.
The 1990s version of Who’s Who is collected in this massive hardcover omnibus, following 2021’s popular Who’s Who Omnibus Vol. 1!
Who’s Who Omnibus Vol. 2 also includes spinoff series Who’s Who in the Legion of Super-Heroes, spotlighting DC’s greatest team of the 30th century.
This volume collects Who’s Who in the DC Universe #1-16, Who’s Who in the Legion of Super-Heroes #1-7, Who’s Who Update 1993 #1-2.
A few thoughts:
— The 1,184-page hardcover lists for $125 and is due to be released May 10, 2022.
— The cover has not been released so the art above is what I picked for the placeholder.
— Historian Bob Greenberger, a former DC editor who was integral to the production of the original Who’s Who, wrote several pieces for us this spring that gave readers an INSIDE LOOK at the series. They’re both highly illuminating and entertaining. Links below.
— Standard caveat: This has not been solicited by DC yet, so nothing is official until it’s official. Even then, things can change. Just keep coming to 13th Dimension for updates.
— Dig These 13 Gorgeous DC WHO’S WHO Pages. Click here.
— Dig 13 MORE Gorgeous DC WHO’S WHO Pages. Click here.
— 13 ARTISTS I Wish We’d Included In DC’s WHO’s WHO. Click here.
— 13 CHARACTERS I Wish We Included in DC’s WHO’S WHO. Click here.
August 12, 2021
Omnibuses are definitely grueling to make, but it takes a lot of effort to get them done.
August 12, 2021
Well this is a day one purchase for me.
August 12, 2021
Three fun facts about that Legion Who’s Who cover, which I edited when I was on staff:
1) I drew the Superboy head (with enormous help from inker Kez Wilson)
2) I had to color (and mark up for color) the whole thing myself because Bob LeRose in production rightfully said, “I’m not doing this? Are you crazy?”
3) By coincidence, the squares were the exact same size as the buttons for our touchtone phones, meaning that if you cut out four rows of three, the surrounding art fit perfectly as a background when inserted behind the transparent keypad covers (back when we did such things).
August 13, 2021
Hello Mr Waid,
I just want to say I enjoy your work on Who’s Who, now if DC could do an Omnibus on the Secret Origins Vol 2. that run from 1986 to 1990, that would be AWESOME!!!!!!