Monthly Archives October 2019

Batman The Brave and the Bold 12

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Happy Halloween from Four Color Holidays.

More importantly, happy Halloween from Batman, Zatanna, Cain and Able and the House of Mystery.

Batman enlists the aid of Zatanna to help in the mystery of the transformed Cain.

Not all is as it seems and Zatanna must call in the clairvoyant cavalry to save the eve.

Batman The Brave and the Bold 12

Batman The Brave and the Bold 12

Batman: The Brave and the Bold premiered Nov. 14, 2008 on Cartoon Network. It marked the first cartoon since Batman the Animated Series. Rather than follow the critically acclaimed series in a similar vein, B&B chose a more tongue-in-cheek approach.

Each episode teamed Batman with A- and B-list characters from the DC Universe. Everyone from Adam Strange to Vicki Vale.

Brave and the Bold was cancelled after three seasons in 2011. The next series returned Batman to a more serious tone.

B&B was resurrected one last time in 2018 with the straight-to-video BluRay release of Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

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A Very Strange Halloween!

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To mix it up a little, let’s toss in some Marvel “horror” for this Halloween ’19. Avengers Assemble Season Three, Episode Seven is worth a sit back in your most comfy chair with a bowl full of Halloween candy.

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DCU Halloween Special 2010

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Though it never reached the heights its predecessor achieved, the 2010 DCU Halloween special made a respectable showing.

It followed more of a supernatural Brave and the Bold or DC Comics Presents format. Batman and Robin co-star with I…Vampire, Flash and Frankenstein team together, Wonder Woman meets Deadman, the Teen Titans side with Klarion the Witch Boy and Superman is aided by the Demon.

DCU Halloween Special 2010

DCU Halloween Special 2010

The Scarecrow is on the other side of his fear toxin in “Trick for the Scarecrow.”

Damian Wayne sides with Batman to take on a legion of vampires.

Flash and Frankenstein work together to stop a killer in “Time or Your Life.”

“A Night to Remember” gives Deadman a chance to experience some of his past life courtesy of Wonder Woman.

Teen Titans team with Klarion, the Witch Boy, in “Medusa Non Grata.”

The Demon helps Superman in “Fears of Steel.”

Again, not on par with the previous year, but still worth the time.

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Marvel Zombies (Halloween Special)

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Kudos to the team who mated Night of the Living Dead with Rankin and Bass stop motion “Animagic.”

Marvel Zombies began as a five-issue limited series cover dated December 2005. Robert “Walking Dead” Kirkman wrote the series while Sean Phillips added the viscera visuals. Arthur Suydam provided covers.

The mini proved popular enough it has spawned a continuing franchise appearing as further short series and one-shots.

 

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DC Universe Halloween Special ‘09

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Unlikely book emcee Bizzaro Superman proved to be a very officious host for the 2009 special. His “Unhappy Halloween” story arc bracketed the remaining 12 tales of terror.

“Halloween the Guy Way” takes a deeper and more disturbing look at the Guy Gardner’s past. An ass of astronomical proportions at times, the story reveals a life paved with disappointments and degradation. It’s actually a very good story about a man who isn’t very nice.

DC Universe Halloween Special ‘09

DC Universe Halloween Special ‘09

The Creeper stars in a one-page throw away that can be skipped.

“Seeing is Believing” resurrects the vampire myth with the Outsiders starring as the Van Helsings.

Absent from the Outsiders in the tale that came before, Batman takes center stage for “Trick and Defeat.” The Killer Moth returns to rob Wayne Manor. Unmasking the heroes proves a surprising turn of events.

Damian Wayne is the Robin in the next story, “Cavity Search.” Kinda wish this one was longer. It has the makings of a good psychological thriller. Damion earns a spot at home with this one.

Red Robin’s “Our Father’s Sins” is a bit sappy for the holiday.

“Lady Down the Lane” stars Ravager. Her reputation precedes her.

The rest of the book finishes strong. Anabolic steroid strong.

“Mirror Games” is another that wouldn’t have suffered from a higher page count. Kid Flash, Mirror Master and a group of teenage girls take on the myth of Bloody Mary. Writer Joe Harris knows his stuff.

Beast Boy has a quick gag page in “Never Too Old.” He shares the spotlight with Cyborg.

Wonder Woman is spooked by reality television and the gentler gender of the Teen Titans in “Haunted or Hoax?”

Maybe not a word associated with Halloween, cute is the best term to describe “To the Finish Line.” Superman and Flash race one more time.

“My Turn to be Scary” is a fun read. The cliché ending makes the reader wonder if they would be disappointed with or without it.

Overall, Halloween 2009 was represented in a grand manor. Maybe the best of all Halloween specials.

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Batman Li’L Gotham (2012) 1

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Cover dated Oct. 31, 2012, the title says it all: “Halloween.”

On patrol Halloween night, Batman learns his son, Damian, has never experienced trick or treat. Like a scene from the 1966 Batman television series, Damian is not allowed to eat his collected candy until after supper.

Batman Li’L Gotham (2012) 1

Batman Li’L Gotham (2012) 1

In a show of compassion, Batman foots the bill for his rogue’s gallery’s dinner while the Gotham Police wait for them outside.

This all-ages funny book is just that, a fun book. The artwork is classic watercolor, mixing enough dark with light to temper the story’s mood.

Damian Wayne, aka Robin, is still being worked into the DC Universe at this point. Grant Morrison’s introduction of the character in Batman 655 left many readers unsympathetic. As time and writers passed Damian became more of an accepted son of Batman even co-starring in Super Sons with Superman’s progeny.

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Marvel Super Hero Adventures Halloween Spooktacular 1

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Marvel Super Hero Adventures Halloween Spooktacular 1

Marvel Super Hero Adventures Halloween Spooktacular 1

Ya know what? This is just cute.

Sometimes it’s just nice to get back to something simple. A quick read for the bathroom or before bed. MSH Adventures Halloween Spooktacular 2018 is fun. No pretense. No drama. Clever story telling, told in a simple fashion.

“Sanctum Spooktorum” showcases Marvel’s current cinematic stars on an uninvited and ill-advised trip to Doctor Strange’s house.

Next up is “Spidey’s Super-Scary Stories,” which are anything, but scary.

Quitting the quips for a bit, Spider-Man becomes a story teller to a trio set on Halloween hijinks. Spidey spins three tales aimed more at the funny bone than the neck’s hackles.

Also included are the Daily Bugle funnies, Spider-Man maze and Iron Man coloring page.

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Donald Duck’s Halloween Scream! (2017) 2

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William Van Horn was the trifecta of talent on this reprinted Donald Duck Adventures (1991) issue 16. Mr. Van Horn wrote, illustrated and lettered the tale.

The story, “Kid Stuff,” harkens back to the black and white spoofs like Abbott and Costello or Martin and Lewis.

Donald Duck’s Halloween Scream! (2017) 2

Donald Duck’s Halloween Scream! (2017) 2

Donald decides to become a house painter. The nephews are disappointed when their uncle dismisses their desire to help. Their revenge is to “haunt” the house Donald is hired to paint.

Their ploy is discovered and Donald turns the tables on Huey, Dewey and Louie. Their fun is further spoiled when the boys learn the house really is haunted.

Story teller Van Horn turned his talents to Disney comics in 1988 specializing in the Ducks. The artist has the distinction of illustrating Carl Bark’s final Uncle Scrooge story, “Horsing around with History.” It appeared in Uncle Scrooge Adventures issue 33.

Son, Noel Van Horn is a Disney artist as well focusing on Mickey Mouse tales.

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Comic Cavalcade (1942) 9

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A great Christmas cover with no holiday spirit inside. With the exception of “The Story of Christopher Columbus.”

Columbus Day celebrates its namesake’s arrival in the Americas. Observance of the holiday varies from area to area. It shares itself with Yorktown Victory Day in Virginia and Puerto Rico Friendship Day on the Virgin Islands.

Comic Cavalcade (1942) 9

Comic Cavalcade (1942) 9

Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the Flash are the mystery men and woman of the book with Hop Harrigan keeping the skies safe from Nazi menaces.

Mermaids are the villains in Wonder Woman’s story “The Subsea Pirates.”

Doiby Dickles becomes the damsel in distress for Green Lantern in “A Tale of a City.”

The Flash is featured in “The Tale of the Winged Horse.” An invitation is extended to join the liar’s circle.

Without a doubt, the oddest story is “Filipinos are People.” The “yarn” is “devoted to furthering understanding among the peoples of the world.”

Also included are some one and dones from Mutt and Jeff.

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Donald Duck’s Halloween Scream! (2015) 1

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Donald Duck’s Halloween Scream! (2015) 1

Donald Duck’s Halloween Scream! (2015) 1

IDW dusted off two Donald and nephews stories for its 2015 Halloween ComicFest offering.

The first, “It’s in the Bag!” is a retread from Donald Duck Adventures (1990) 7 and the second, “Public Ugly #1” from the same title an issue later.

In the first story Donald goads his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie into betting who can collect the most candy. Donald doesn’t realize the age prejudice he won’t be able to overcome.

A fortunate turn of events has Donald the hero and the recipient of 13 tons of candy – on his front lawn.

By the second story Donald and the boys have had their fill of chocolate goodness. So has the town. Donald is slapped with a town order to dispose of the sweetness or face a fine.

Gyro Gearloose comes to the rescue with a new invention allowing Donald to transport the candy to an abandoned mine. Or, that’s the plan. Instead, the scheme goes afoul and Donald is on the lam to Bolivia.

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