Updated on 16 October, 2021
Dc Comics is a popular nationally distributed comic strip based in New York City. It was created by artist and writer Ray Billingsley. The comic was started in October of 1988, and is still syndicated by King Features to this day. It is the second most popular children's comic book behind Batman.
The background for Dc Comics is actually based on that of a town called Coventry. In modern day, the name has been changed to "DC". The city is first mentioned in a 10th anniversary issue of DC's comic book collection, where an alien named Malice comes to Earth to find a new home. From that time, her appearance spun into several different versions, including a romantic interlude between her and another human, Curt Garman.
While many other characters have varying appearances throughout the series, the main attraction is usually Malice. She is described as a spunky heroine with a bright, bucolic past. In every version of the comic, she is portrayed as a free-spirited socialite who is bent on bringing harmony to a world that seems to be falling apart. In the early appearances of the strip, her motivations are unclear, but in all variations she is shown to have a keen intellect. This makes her the "kickback" character, as she's frequently seen to be winking at various comic book villain.
In her most well-known known comic strip appearance, Malice appears in a trippy series of panels where she jumps from building to building on her roller skateboard. After crashing into an oil platform at the docks of her junior high, she meets the older, slightly disfigured pirate Kidney. Malice identifies her as Billingsley and the two begin a strange friendship that quickly blossoms. From this point on, the two seem to be inseparable. It is here that the curtain opens on the long and illustrious career of Billingsley and her husband, covid-19.
The main thrust of the story is a love story between the main character and her best friend, another young woman named Becky. It soon becomes evident that both are very much in love with each other, though they sometimes clash due to their contrasting philosophies (Billingsley's belief that "Rome wasn't built in a day," and hers that "love should never be defeated"). The relationship between the two women is depicted in a classic Saturday Night Live skit. Through the years, the relationship between Billingsley and her daughter, Becky, has evolved into somewhat of a family sitcom.
The history of Billingsley and her relationship with her daughter is complicated by the fact that she herself is biracial (racially aware) and had black ancestors who lived in Mississippi prior to her marriage to Calvin. The history of the comic strip, set in the 1940s (and earlier in various other mediums), centers on the main character's search for the missing "Baby" in Kansas City. This Baby is portrayed as being very much like Billingsley's own daughter, although in a younger age. As it turns out, the baby does have an African American identity, so the comic strip makes reference to the fact that Billingsley's daughter goes by the name Nelly. In one scene, Nelly is seen reading a book in a grocery store, where she is confronted by a hooded man who identifies himself as Calvin; she identifies him as her biological father, which prompts her to run off crying, much to the amusement of others in the grocery store.
The next two panels feature Calvin and Nelly in a school hallway. As the children walk by, a homeless man in the wheelchair is seen sitting on the bench. He motions for Nelly and Calvin to come over and asks them if they have seen the homeless person. After asking him how he got the wheelchair, Calvin asks him if he knows where he can find a couch. The homeless man then explains that he gets his equipment through donations. After hearing this, Calvin comforts Nelly and the two walk away from the school.
The third panel of the third page shows Nelly and Calvin taking a picture with the help of a cell phone. As the caption reads, "A picture suggests that the two are reuniting..." The fourth and final panel shows the two at the park, where Nelly proudly displays her winning high school art award. Immediately following this, a photograph of the two appears on the same spot on the fourth panel, where Nelly proudly shows off the newly purchased artwork. Following this, the caption reads, "This is what Calvin was talking about..." Another photograph of Calvin and Nelly appears on the bottom of the next two panels, which show them playing in the park. Finally, after the fourth and final page, a caption beneath the picture reads, "The famous October elegy by Curtis Comic."