What was Suggested for Mature Readers: the results
A few days ago, I asked if anyone could remember what the DC Mature Readers titles were that didn’t end up as part of the Vertigo line. Commenters nieljacoby, Aman Withastrangename and Richard responded, reminding me of a few and pointing me in the right direction to find others. My unscientific approach has been to remember stuff, look at the cover on Comicsvine and see if there’s a warning label.
So, here’s the list so far, divided into arbitrary categories:
- Slash Maraud
- Sonic Disruptors
- V for Vendetta
- Tailgunner Jo
- World Without End
SEX & VIOLENCE
- The Shadow (mini-series and ongoing)
- Justice Inc.
- The Question (monthly series and quarterly)
- Green Arrow (Longbow Hunters mini-series and ongoing up to #62)
- Vigilante (on and off from #39 to #50)
- Blackhawk (mini-series)
- Lobo (Paramilitary Christmas Special, Lobo’s Back mini-series, Infanticide mini-series)
- Deadman (mini-series x2)
An odd selection, then. A whole heap of forgotten sci-fi stories, a few ground-level vigilantes, the immensely popular and now all but forgotten Lobo, who gave the warning an adverb: Sternly Suggested for Mature Readers, or Lovingly Suggested, or Proudly Suggested. Howard Chaykin’s Shadow mini-series, another that was wildly popular and is now a history piece, was just straight up For Mature Readers because Howard Chaykin is fucking hardcore.
I asked with the idea in mind of covering them on the blog. But of all those above I’ve read but five and would maybe be interested in another three, and I’m guessing good scans would be tough to track down. But thanks to everyone who helped and if you can think of others, I’d be interested…