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He masked himself like another Strange, with dark hair streaked grey.

Five years later, there was a reciprocal reference.

It was in Moon Knight #17, written by Doug Moench and drawn by Bill Sienkiewicz.

It wasn't one that fit at all in the story.

It was a jarring one. )
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For no reason other than I found this issue in a longbox not long ago, I bring you one of my favourite "bits" of Bat business from.... oh bloody hell... over 30 years ago Now I feel old....

Batman 370


LOVE that cover with layouts by the legendary (and underappreciated IMHO) Ed Hannigan who did a LOT of very clever and striking cover layouts. Look at the larger image in the link to see if you can spot where he appended the title to include the co-star! :)

Read more... )

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From The Batman Chronicles #3: "Riddle of the Jinxed Sphinx". A criminally underrated little Riddler tale, if I do say so myself. I find the art (a rather interesting collaboration between Bill Sienkiewicz and Brian Stelfreeze) to be rather hit-and-miss, but goddamn it all if Doug Moench didn't write one of the best Eddie portrayals ever.

The general plot: Riddler decides to do away with his riddles once and for all, and begins to hire himself out as a generic mastermind to various crime bosses in Gotham. Mind you, this doesn't mean that he totally abstains from riddles - just that he won't send them to law enforcement anymore. Like the Eddie we all know and love, he still performs his crimes with that overly complex supervillain flair.

Nice diner you got here... shame if something happened to it... )

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So, what does a super-villain do while waiting for the brave hero to arrive at his secret lair?
Play video games, it seems. One where the ghosts chase you, then you chase the ghosts. Rather appropriate, in retrospect.
From Marvel's SHANG-CHI: MASTER OF KUNG-FU #5.

Triple Banana? )
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In my never-ending quest to prove that 90s Batman comics weren't the mess of gloom, doom, and violence that everyone says they were, I present several instances from the Bat-comics of that period that genuinely made me laugh. These cover all three periods of the nineties - early, mid, and late.

Civic-minded serial killers, killer sandwiches, and Swords of Damocles behind the cut! )

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BATMAN #484 may have been the earliest example of how Bruce was suffering exhaustion even before Bane came to Gotham.

Bruce meets an old girlfriend )
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This is a longer than usual post as it's a three part story, and I'm never sure about posting three parters; do I do one chapter at a time and probably forget to go back and do at least one chapter... or do I post it all in one go and risk boring you all. Good news, I've gone for risking boring you rigid! :)

This also counts as another entry in my painfully sporadic "The Original Origin of the original non-original Robin" posts, detailing the introduction and career of Jason Todd 1.0!




This story is full of drama, exotic locations and Vicki Vale being more awesome than usual... )
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I've noticed a tendency in my recent posts that, when discussing the DCnU, my tone tended towards the whiny... This is not good, this is not why I read comics, and this is not why I come to s_d. So whilst acknowledging anyone else's perfectly valid right to rage, I've decided that I'm not going to do that (or at least cut back, I need SOME snark in my life after all).

So I'm going to dig through the long boxes and pull out old stories I enjoyed, and share them, because if we're not sharing the love, then it's not nearly as much fun.

First up....

Don Newton's Batman )
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Yes, believe it or not I do have something to add to "Cute Romance Week"... and not a rope, shackle, or piece of duct tape in sight... honest! :)

These two instances both refer to Jason 1.0, the circus performer, not the street-punk revamp.

This first one is from 1983's "New Teen Titans #33"

Jay meets someone for the first time )

And from Detective Comics 561 in 1986 comes a 15-page story from Doug Moench and Gene Colan which has been messy to cut down because it covers two interesting plot strands in one story and I'd love to showcase both; Bruce and Jason discuss drug use, and Jason gets a girlfriend. I veer more towards the latter than the former given the theme, but I thought it worth mentioning the other too...

And then there was Rena... )

Oh, and some last minute theme approriate Valentine cards perhaps? )

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