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Same Hornet Time, Same Hornet Channel

So I’ve lived in Los Angeles for almost twenty years now, and I had no idea the Batcycle was only 10 minutes away from my house. Allow me to explain. I had the pleasure last Sunday night of attending the premiere party for ’66 BATMAN MEETS THE GREEN HORNET, the new comic by Ralph Garman […]

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Animating Batman, Part II

For those who came in late: Last week, we began our examination of Warner Animation’s classic 1992 animated program BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, and its various spinoffs and descendants. We left off having just started our discussion of the series’ treatment of Batman’s Rogues’ Gallery, and so there we begin: Not every character would be […]

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The Bat-Family Begins: Enter Robin and Alfred

In his early days, Batman was very much a loner. Batman’s solitary nature was accentuated by his tragic and brutal origin sequence, a mere two pages in DETECTIVE COMICS #33 (November 1939) which would alter the character forever, elevating Batman from just another pulp hero to a true piece of modern American mythology. Looking to […]

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The Batman Serials

Two Saturday-morning theatrical serials of Batman were produced in the 1940s, and it’s hard to overestimate the influence they had on the character. After all, Hugh Hefner showed these serials at the Playboy mansion and crowd response led to ABC putting on the Batman television show. Not only that, it was the 1943 movie serial, […]

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Becoming the Bat

So. That happened. In these days of massively interconnected social media, it’s always enjoyable to watch the entire Internet completely melt down over something, and I can’t remember one that burned as quickly and as hot as last week when the news broke that Ben Affleck would be taking over the role of Batman in […]

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The Enemies List

While the Joker is clearly at the top of the heap when it comes to Bat-Villains, there are a couple of others almost as closely identified with Batman in the public mind, thanks mostly to frequent appearances in the 1966 ABC television series. Ironically, these two villains are among the least interesting in the lineup, […]

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It’s Evolution, Baby

Much mention has been made in this column about the fact that Superman and Batman are among the few comic-book characters (along with Wonder Woman) to see continuous publication since their inception. That is, since their first appearance, not a month has gone by in 65 years in which there wasn’t a Superman or Batman […]

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The Joke’s on Me

Over the years I’ve written several times in this space about Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ infamous graphic novel THE KILLING JOKE, and about my ambivalence toward it. Back in 2003, I had this to say: But DC wasn’t finished darkening up the Batman character. In the graphic novel BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, by writer […]

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