This was the first all-new issue of BATMAN FAMILY, eschewing reprints in favor of completely original content. I’m pretty sure that this was another comic book that my family had two copies of when my younger brother Ken subsequently bought a copy as well, something he would do from time to time for no earthly … Continue reading BHOC: BATMAN FAMILY #11


It was shortly before Christmas 1976 that I picked up this issue of BATMAN FAMILY, the last issue of the series that would feature reprints. After this, new Publisher Jeanette Kahn’s dislike for reprinted material in ongoing titles would change the series to being all-new–a double-edged decision as far as i was concerned, as much … Continue reading BHOC: BATMAN FAMILY #10


This issue of BATMAN FAMILY featured the culmination of writer Bob Rozakis’ short Joker’s Daughter mystery, a storyline that would hereafter continue into the pages of TEEN TITANS. I picked this one up at my usual 7-11 back in the day–I was a regular reader of the series at this point, the only Batman title … Continue reading BHOC: BATMAN FAMILY #9


I had missed an issue of BATMAN FAMILY, but was back for the next one that I saw, issue #8. Shrinking page counts on the reprint books were beginning to take their toll on the series–apart from the full-length all-new Robin story, there were only two other reprinted tales in the issue, one featuring co-star … Continue reading BHOC: BATMAN FAMILY #8


Another issue of BATMAN FAMILY bought at my usual 7-11. This issue once again featured separate stories for Batgirl and Robin rather than a team-up tale. It was also the first comic I bought that carried the special Bicentennial banner that had been promoted for a month or so–if you bought 25 of them and … Continue reading BHOC: BATMAN FAMILY #6


It would have been shortly after the Six Million Dollar Man series aired the first of its Bigfoot episodes–featuring the mysterious woodland creature as an alien robot–that I picked up this issue of BATMAN FAMILY, most likely at my regular 7-11. By this point, the DC giants had gone from being squarebound to they typical … Continue reading BHOC: BATMAN FAMILY #5


Another month, another issue of BATMAN FAMILY. The lure of the oversized comic book packed with reprints was impossible for me to resist. This is a solid cover–that brown color is a somewhat odd choice, but it definitely makes all of the elements pop well. And the art image by Ernie Chua is crisp and … Continue reading BHOC: BATMAN FAMILY #4


I was a regular reader of BATMAN FAMILY, despite not being a huge Batman fan and having a limited budget to buy new comics. What the book really had going for it was that it was oversized–that big format was always a draw for young me. And I often enjoyed the reprints as much or … Continue reading BHOC: BATMAN FAMILY #3


BATMAN FAMILY was another new reprint series that DC tried in this period. The first issue contained a new Batgirl and Robin team-up story originally commissioned for the cancelled First Issue Special title. This second issue, by contrast, was 100% reprints, albeit a nice little selection of them. The opening tale was a solid piece … Continue reading BHOC: BATMAN FAMILY #2