Posts Tagged ‘Batman’

Posted Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 by Barry

Batman (1940) 49

It’s January and cold. All the more reason to wear a hat. Coincidently enough, today is National Hat Day. And, what better way to celebrate than to recount Batman’s nemesis Jervis Tetch’s first appearance as the Mad Hatter.

Batman (1940) 49

Batman (1940) 49

Shunned as a child due to his appearance, Tetch buried himself in books and learning. Eventually he became a neuroscientist and turned to evil, developing mind-control technology.

In his first adventure, Tetch attempted to steal a trophy from the Gotham Yacht Club. Batman proved more than capable in halting any Tom foolery from the chapeaued criminal and Tetch soon found himself a guest of Arkham Asylum for the remainder of the Golden Age.

The Mad Hatter wouldn’t return until the Silver Age, even appearing in the 1966 Batman television series as portrayed by David Wayne.

Other multi-media appearances include voice acting by Roddy McDowall on Batman the Animated Series and Peter MacNicol in the Batman Arkham games. He was later played by Benedict Samuel in the Gotham series on Fox.

Posted Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 by Jeff

So long, 2019

Happy New Year, everyone.  Let’s do this again sometime.

Posted Monday, December 23rd, 2019 by Barry

Party Animal

Flash brings home the holidays with a speedy, last-minute gift for party host, Green Arrow.

Justice League Action premiered on Cartoon Network  Dec. 16, 2016 and wrapped up its animated shorts June 3, 2018. Season one consisted of 52 episodes. DC Kids’ YouTube Channel featured 22-episodes premiering June 29, 2017.

Party Animal premiered Dec. 2, 2017.

 

Posted Thursday, December 12th, 2019 by Barry

Marginally Musical

Sergio Aragones, the master of Mad marginals, remembers the wassailers who infused Christmas spirit upon their neighbors by lifting high their voices with Christmas carols.

Carols, or noels, became popular in the 19th century despite having been around for hundreds of years prior.

Senor Aragones has only been around since 1937, but has made an impact with his gifted quirkiness first displayed in Mad Magazine. His influence spread as National Periodicals hired him in the 1960s to illustrate such titles as The Adventures of Jerry Lewis, Angel and the Ape, Inferior Five and Young Romance. His most famous creation is Groo, the Wanderer, a pastiche of Robert E, Howards’ Hyborian Age-barbarian, Conan.

Posted Sunday, December 8th, 2019 by Barry

Nerdsync: Batman – The Search for Santa Claus

Posted Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 by Barry

Nerdsync: Silent Night of the Batman

Posted Sunday, December 1st, 2019 by Barry

Batman (1940) 285

While there’s no Christmas colored cover, I wanted to start December with a Batman comic book.

Again, comic books and Christmas are synonymous. Batman tops the list of those comic book titles. Mom and Dad bred those habits that have become traditions into me early.

The origins of this Web site lies in the stockings of my youth. Rushing down the stairs to tear open those over-sized, white trimmed footies for the comic books. Those held my attention, kept me sane, while I waited for breakfast to end so as to start the main course of presents.

Batman (1940) 285

Batman (1940) 285

For some reason, maybe ‘cuz it doesn’t have a seasonal cover, this book never made its way into any of my stockings. I’m sorry to say. Batman 285 would have been a very welcome addition to my meager collection back then.

By the end of the Bicentennial, when this was published, I was on the tail end of my affair with Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes. How I wish we could rekindle that relationship. I tossed it away so casually, moving on to Kenner’s Star Wars toy line. Even super hero comic books would take a back seat to George Lucas’ opening salvo in the soon-to-be nine-part epic.

Back on task, Batman 285 is a typical Bronze Age tale of excess. “The Mystery of Christmas Lost” is courtesy of villain Dr. Tzin-Tzin who has the power to possess the psyche of any who look into his eyes.

Batman must stop the cruel criminal from stealing Christmas 1976. Holiday imagery abounds as the Dark Knight trails the villain. Maybe the best scene is Batman battling a bear on a Christmas tree.

Of course he is able to halt Tzin-Tzin’s scheme and return Christmas to the people of Gotham.

Posted Thursday, October 31st, 2019 by Barry

Batman The Brave and the Bold 12

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.

Posted Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 by Barry

DCU Halloween Special 2010

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.

Posted Saturday, October 26th, 2019 by Barry

DC Universe Halloween Special ‘09

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.