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 To kick off our little tributes to the inimitable Ms. Craig, here's a fun little scene from one of the recent issues of Batman '66, and a glimpse into what might have been had the show been made with more... modern standards.

Admittedly, the story in itself isn't really worth picking up; its being a one-parter means the central joke (imagine Mad Men, only with 200% more Batman villains!) is flat and inconsistent, and I'm not really satisfied with how Barbara ultimately won, even though it was nice to see a story try to emphasize Barbara Gordon's competence over Batgirl's.

But hey, you look me in the eye and tell me one other place where you can see BG beat up four supervillains at the same time.


An imaginary story behind the cut. Aren't they all? )
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Some of you may remember the time I posted that one story where Bruce is depicted as a completely realistic corporate CEO. Well, more realistic than almost any other take, anyways. Good times, good times.

Many of you rightfully called out that portrayal as terrible, and that pondering the "realistic" foundations of Wayne Enterprises misses the whole point of Batman very, very badly. This recent article from Chris Sims on that very topic got me thinking: what would be the total, polar opposite of Batman: Tenses? What story would have Bruce's boundless charity and philanthropy play a central role, not just be relegated to a plot convenience or a fuzzy-wuzzy epilogue?

Ladies and germs, I believe I've found the answer. And the answer may shock you to your very core!



Behind the cut: (the) Batman tackles the real issues )
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... written by Chuck Dixon.

(That said, it's a strong contender for Greatest Joker Story Ever Ever too, at least in my book.)

One of the few Joker-related things done by the New 52 leadership that I absolutely agree with is their including Detective Comics #726 in the Joker: A Celebration of 75 Years TPB. I find Chuck Dixon to be one of the most criminally underrated Joker writers of all time, and they probably couldn't have picked a better representative of his Joker writing than this one (Robin #85, while delightful, is a little too continuity-heavy, and most of the others are too long).

This is a tight little yarn that depicts the Joker at his most primal - no purple suits, no laughing gas, and he doesn't even leave Arkham. And yet he's instantly recognizable in every panel, not just because of the white skin and green hair, but because Dixon gets the heart of the character: that sneering, sadistic edge, always (always) cut with a genuine comedic flair. It's a lesson that certain other Joker writers would do well to take to heart.

Let's take a look.

A Lecter and his Starling, behind the cut )
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"Apparently, a flashback scene was written late into the pre-production game that will introduce Jared Leto’s Joker in BATMAN V. SUPERMAN. The scene would show his torture and murder of the second Robin, Jason Todd, which is still haunting Batsy at the time of BVS."

Source: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/71301


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Another amazing piece from my pal Juliandroid, original concept thought up by me during that whole #ChangeTheCover controversy ages ago. Juli's going to be offering commissions via tumblr pretty damn soon, so snap up those slots if you're interested!

Behind the cut: what might've been on Earth-Not-Quite-The-DCU )

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