I believe this issue of BATMAN was bought by my younger brother Ken--which may help to explain why I remember so little about it. Ken would go through these periods when he'd become interested in a particular character or title, follow it for a little while, then drop it and pretty much never mention it … Continue reading BHOC: BATMAN #301
Every once in a while I would run across comics in strange places. So it was with this issue of BATMAN, which turned up in the toy department of a particular department store--it was the only comic book in the place, and it had been stickered to move at a quarter. So I bought it. … Continue reading BHOC: BATMAN #278
https://youtu.be/6uuJUHSsBOw A video version of one of the most popular pieces I ran on this page, a countdown of five instances where comic book creators depicted savage caricatures of one another in the pages of the stories they were creating.
https://youtu.be/KivjcPGaKXQ A video expansion on our piece about "Through the Wringer", a story produced at the expense of Batman co-creator Bill Finger right around the time that the man passed away. ADDITION: Turns out that like so many, I grabbed a wrong bit of reference right towards teh end of this video. So please refer … Continue reading TBTV: The Cruelty of “Through the Wringer”
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
Comic books for years were considered a juvenile medium, and that sensibility often extended to the behavior of the practitioners in the field. Like those who work in any other industries, not all comic book creators get along, and on occasion some of them have felt the need to take their aggression out in public, … Continue reading 5BC: Five Mean Caricatures of Comic Book Creators
I watched the Hulu documentary BATMAN AND BILL the other night, about the struggle to get credit for Batman's co-creator Bill Finger, and it put me in the mind of this story which saw print in AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS #10, an issue of DC's house-produced fanzine. I have a really strange love/hate relationship … Continue reading The Cruelty of Through The Wringer
Here's another book that was bought for my brother, Ken--it seems as though at this time, he was trying to match me book-for-book. And eventually it ended up with me in any case. That's a pretty dramatic cover by Sal Amendola. I wasn't as wild about his work on the interior of the book--he took … Continue reading BHOC: BATMAN #296