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Oh Holy Dark Knight, Part Two

Batman and Christmas!  It’s like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a slice of pineapple in it!  No, seriously, that specific combination is fantastically delicious. We’ve been taking a look back at Batman and his holiday-themed misadventures, starting things off with the BTAS episode “Christmas with the Joker.”  Together we watched as Joker flew […]

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Oh Holy Dark Knight

When I mention Christmas, you automatically think of snow, candy canes, Die Hard, (as you should), eggnog, that jolly fat guy, and Batman, yes? Not Batman? Well, shame on you!  Our hero has a lot more in common with the holiday spirit than you might think.  Let us we revisit all the best Christmas-themed tales […]

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A Return to Greatness

A Return to Greatness

By the mid-1980s, the BATMAN books published by DC Comics were mired in what could charitably be called a bit of a slump. The Denny O’Neal/Neal Adams-inspired renaissance the character had undergone in the 1970s, which had restored much of the darkness and mood to the series, had been gradually slipping, with several years of […]

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Getting Your DC Fix

Are you like me? With the new 52 books still not really being to my taste these days, you might be wondering here to turn to in order to get that regular dose of the DC Universe. Luckily for me, there are a couple of sources I can turn to, for brand-new stories (at least […]

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Worth the Wait

Hard to believe it’s been twenty-six years since Frank Miller’s groundbreaking BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS first hit comic-shop shelves. And ever since then, almost immediately upon its publication, fans have been clamoring for a film adaptation. And while elements and influences of DARK KNIGHT RETURNS can be seen in everything from Tim Burton’s BATMAN […]

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Farewell and Godspeed to the Brave and the Bold

Editor’s Note: Once again, I’m behind the eight-ball on deadlines this week (on really exciting new projects for next year that I can’t wait to talk about, but one thing at a time), so we’re going to recover another lost entry from the Comics 101 Archives, this time talking about my favorite Batman artist of […]

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Historically, superhero trilogies in film have not gone well. Usually, by the time a superhero film series gets to the third installment, either the folks responsible for the original superior films have moved on, or are running out of steam and substitute quantity for quality: more villains, more special effects, less smarts and heart. SUPERMAN […]

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Why So Serious, Batman?

Oh, Batman. I’ve spent a month digesting trades such as Hush, The Killing Joke, Batman in the 70s, A Death in the Family, Strange Apparitions, Year One, The Long Halloween, and The Dark Knight Returns. I’ve seen Batman at varying levels of gritty, broody, pensive, and serious. However, he doesn’t crack a smile very often. […]

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Heroes and Villains

Welcome back. We’re in the middle of our seemingly endless discussion of DC Comics’ Batman, probably the most popular and widely known character in comics. When last we met, we had been discussing the Batman’s long parade of partners, sidekicks, teammates and hangers-on, closing with Dick Grayson’s decision to give up the yellow cape and […]

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Hush Lives Up to the Hype

I’ve heard and know of Batman’s extensive rogue’s gallery. Besides the various television shows and movies that include the likes of villains such as the Joker or the Riddler, I also see costumes depicting the baddies at conventions. For the longest time I only knew that Harley Quinn was one of his foes, but I […]

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The Friendliest Loner in Town

For someone who’s supposed to be a dark, brooding avenger of the night, Batman is actually rather sociable. This wasn’t always the case. Even after the 1940 introduction of Robin, the Dynamic Duo tended to be something of a solo act. Batman made a cameo appearance (along with Superman) in ALL-STAR COMICS #7 as an […]

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Batman Does Halloween

After experiencing the heavy hitter that is The Killing Joke last week, I headed for some lighter Batman tales. I wanted to marvel at the character and his powers rather than ponder whether he’s crazy (even though that’s still in the back of my head). The stories in Batman in the Seventies seemed to do the […]

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Welcoming the Future, Treasuring the Past.