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If there's one classic* Batman villain I've come to hate over the past ten years, it's Black Mask.

Thanks to his prominent roles in War Games, he dominated the Bat-books for a couple years, getting big parts in Nightwing, Catwoman, and Under the Hood, thus also appearing in the last one's DVD adaptation, as well as Teh Batman. So I really shouldn't be surprised that this one-dimensional, nasty, pointless, generic, hollow non-character actually has fans. Not surprised, but disappointed.

But why? How the hell did this character become a thing, while better gangster-style villains (the Penguin, Harvey, the Ventriloquist and Scarface) got shoved to the side?

So, as I was already writing about a related Two-Face story from 1985, I decided to check out the original Black Mask appearances by Doug Moench. What I was surprised to discover was that Moench's original Mask in no way, shape, or form resembles the version which DC rose to prominence a few years ago.

I'm not saying he's a good character, mind you. But he's a far more interesting (and cracktacular) character. Hell, just look at the cover blurb:





So yes, prepare for the ultra-modern Batman villain who makes all the other villains look like CRAP! At least, according to Doug Moench.

Push it to the limit (LIMIIIIIIIT) behind the cut )

When Selina killed Roman a second time, I reacted with a weary "finally." But now, after reading Moench's originally stories, I feel disappointed for Ed Brubaker and subsequent writers for wasting what little potential there was for this character, and further distaste for anyone who actually likes the skull-faced version of Black Mask.

Finally, a question: anyone else think that Jeph Loeb ripped off Black Mask when he created Hush? Really, everything that Loeb tried to say with Tommy Elliot, I feel like Moench already said better with Roman Sionis. Just another little way that Moench's original creation has been swept under the rug by DC.




*I hate Hush and Dr. Hurt more, but they ain't "classic" just yet.
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While many have written the DC characters of Steve Ditko, few have actually played with the kind of themes that Ditko enjoyed exploring. Not exactly hard to figure out why.

Among the few to try was Alan Brennert, a TV author and novelist whose career at DC Comics rivals Alan Moore's in the "brief but brilliant" department. Brennert opens the story with the line, "Respectfully dedicated to the talents of Steve Ditko," but I'm not sure if it's faithful to the spirit of Ditko's philosophy, or a subversion of Objectivist thought. Maybe those of you more well-versed in Ditko can help me out here.

In "Paperchase"--from 1981's The Brave and the Bold #178--Brennert uses a Creeper/Batman team-up to explore themes about incendiary psuedo-journalism, and the murky ethics of rabble-rousing TV personalities. Sadly, these themes are still relevant, as we've been reminded lately.

But it's not all serious and ponderous stuff. Especially not when the Creeper's involved:





'Creeper?' 'Yeah?' 'Go back to 'Bats?'' )
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Do you recognise this lady?



If the answer is no, there's no shame, but Adrienne Roy (whose passing at the absurdly young age of 57 is reported here) had an influence that was profound and an output that was astonishing. (A query on comics.org returns over 2000 results against her name and it's estimated she coloured over fifty THOUSAND pages of artwork in her career)

Adrienne was a colourist, in many respects she was THE colourist for a generation of DC comic readers. Chances are if you read a Batman or Titans or any of the high profile DC titles in the 1980's or 90's you've seen her work.

More... )
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Earlier posts here and here dealt more with the delightfully kinky relationship between Dick and his revealed-to-be-a-vampire-paramour Dala, and her quite admirable fetish for tying him up and gagging him whilst he's in his Robin costume. Now we're moving more into the larger, more Bat-centric art, it's still pretty awesome though, and remains uncollected.

Dating the Undead Pt3 )
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Trying to keep my momentum with the story here's the third part of the 9 part epic as only Marv Wolfman and friends could bring you.

Page count is just a bit under 7 pages from a 22 page comic. And yeah I'll be honest trying to cut stuff out was very hard, so many fun little in fighting moments in the issue...

Now...when we last left off... )




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char: beast boy/changeling/gar logan, char: deathstroke/slade wilson, char: pantha/rosabelle mendez, char: red star/leonid kovar, char: robin/nightwing/dick grayson, char: starfire/koriand'r, char: terry long, char: wonder girl/troia/donna troy creator: Marv Wolfman, creator: Kevin Maguire, creator: Will Blyberg, creator: John Costanza, creator Adrienne Roy, publisher: DC comics


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So, in response to this thread and subsequent posts by [personal profile] benicio127 on Jason Todd and [personal profile] icon_uk on Dick Grayson, I thought I'd add a few scans of Tim Drake for comparison purposes along with a couple more of Jason. I hope they don't mind me butting in.

Ouch, these butt puns are getting worse and worse! :P )

Now co-starring Jubilee )

Now here are some Jason scans. Onyx is also in them.
Read more... )

And just to finish things off (and for the community's enjoyment), here's some Babs as Batgirl )

Hope you enjoyed them! :)

suggested tags - char: robin/red robin/tim drake, char: jubilee/jubilation lee, char: robin/red hood/jason todd, char: onyx, char: batgirl/oracle/barbara gordon, creator: alan grant, creator: norm breyfogle, creator: steve mitchell, creator: adrienne roy, creator: ron marz, creator: jackson guice, creator: josef rubenstein, creator: lee loughridge, creator: judd winick, creator: paul lee, creator: cam smith, creator: alex sinclair, creator: doug moench, creator: mike manley, series: gratuitous butt shot week
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tags: creator: marv wolfman, creator: irv novick, creator: frank mclaughlin, creator: adrienne roy, creator: jim aparo, creator: ben oda, title: batman, char: batman/bruce wayne, char: nightwing/robin/dick grayson, char: talia al ghul, char: catwoman/selina kyle
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Now this is one of my most favorite Batman stories of all time, probably my fave if you ever asked me even. Alternate universes and Batman can often feel forced but as it was setup here it was just plain beautiful.

I beg you to wonder. Could even Batman stop the murder of the Waynes?

Exactly 6 and 1/3 pages from a 19 page story )
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From Detective 571, from the marvellously retro run of Mike W Barr and Alan Davis...



As with all good stories this has been a BEAR to trim down and keep the best moments. It has everything I look for in a story like this, a great Batman and Robin dynamic (This was one of the last issues to feature Jason Todd 1.0 (or it might be early Jason Todd 2.0 depending on which side of the cusp you look on this as being), nice simple sinister plot from the villain, and the rest you'll see for yourself as this continues...

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