Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson

Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson was born on January 4, 1890 in Greenville, Tennessee.  He started off his career in the American Military.  After being deployed to Siberia, he retired his military career, and focused on his passion, writing.  His first writing that was published was a non-fiction military story called The Modern Cavalry.  After his non-fiction days, he wrote a fiction book called The Death at the Corral in 1922.

In 1925, he created Wheeler-Nicholson, Inc.  During this period of time, he wrote an adaption to Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, Treasure Island, in the form of a daily comic strip.  In 1934, seeing how popular comics have become, he made a publishing  company called National Allied Publication.  In February 1935, he wrote and published a comic called New Fun: The Big Comic Magazine.  New Fun instantly became a hit, Wheeler-Nicholson had made history with the font, size, and specially drawn characters.  New Fun was also the very first comic book to have advertisement in it.  Later in 1945, National Allied Publication published a second comic called The New Adventures. The New Adventures went on for many decades, retiring in 1983 with #503.  Despite the quality, humor and action in his comics, people lost interest in his stories.

Before retiring, Wheeler-Nicholson created a new comic called Adventure Comics with a returning character, Superman.  Shortly after development, it became Detective Comics with characters: Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.  A year before the very first Detective Comics (now DC Comics) tv series (Batman) aired its pilot in 1966, Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson passed away at age 75.  Since the very first Detective Comics comic, DC Comics has grown in size and popularity.  Since the reboot in 2011 (New 52), DC Comics is now one of the best comic companies in America.


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