BHOC: BATMAN #300

This particular issue would be my candidate for most underwhelming oversized anniversary issue of the era. It was heavily promoted throughout the DC titles of the era--and who could resist that story hook? It's the day the Batman retires! But honestly, it's a pretty bleh read, tedious, and with the central thesis really being fitted … Continue reading BHOC: BATMAN #300

5BC: Five Best Comics of 1986

It's impossible to encapsulate how seismic the effect of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS was on the field of comic books. Not only did it introduce a more prestigious package for comics (and a then-unheard-of cover price of $2.95) but interest in the series also inaugurated the now-common process of repackaging collections of recent storylines into … Continue reading 5BC: Five Best Comics of 1986

Great Covers – BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS #4

A bold and famous cover, Frank Miller reduces everything to silhouettes for the final issue of BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, thus heightening the iconic power of the conflict between Superman and Batman depicted. This whole series was a trend-setter in terms of cover treatment–you didn’t see covers like this on comic books before this … Continue reading Great Covers – BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS #4

Great Covers: BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS #1

The cover to BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS by Frank Miller is a classic, but for all the right reasons. Here, more than in any comic book cover produced before this point, strong design and typography lead the way. This image is designed to feel far more like a book cover than a comic book … Continue reading Great Covers: BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS #1