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... let's have a look at the day that Dick Grayson graduated from high school after being held back for thirty years. And the historical implications for the Bat-comics surrounding it as a whole.

For different heroes (and their respective supporting casts) in the DC Universe, the exact moment of transition from "Golden Age" to "Silver Age" varied from "clear as day" - such as in the case of the Flash and Green Lantern, who had entirely new people take over the titles - to "muddled, vague, endlessly-debated mess" - as was the case with Superman and Batman.

The transition from "Silver Age" to "Bronze Age" was just as messy for many heroes, if not moreso. After all, unlike the jump from Golden to Silver, the jump from Silver to Bronze saw no retcon saying "Oh, all the comics published during [insert time period here] took place on this Earth, while the ones you're reading right now take place on this Earth!". A portion of comics fans and/or scholars today even deny the very existence of a "Bronze Age", choosing to lump all of the output from the 1970s to the mid-1980s (a rough approximation, mind you) into the Silver Age.

Still, there were definite changes in tone, art style, and story elements in most of DC's publications once the 1970s rolled around. Clark Kent, for one, became a TV News Anchor, while Oliver Queen picked up his (in)famous rough-edged personality and left-wing ideals (as well as his fabulous goatee).

For me, though, the clearest line in the sand - at least where DC's major heroes were concerned - was the one drawn in the Batman books.

(Note: 7 pages - and a cover - from Batman #217.)

Read more... )
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A little late for Mardi Gras, but we were discussing death in comics over at the Noscans group, and it reminded me of the jazz funeral scene in this Batman story:



Batman #224, 1970: "Carnival of the Cursed!"
8 pages worth of panels from a 24-page story.
Warning: Villain uses some ableist slurs.
Read more... )
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As promised, this is the second mega-posting to celebrate the end of "Dude(s) in Distress Week", dealing with published images... (This is sort of a "Greatest Hits", as much of it has been posted before)

The history of the "Dude in Distress" in graphical literature is a long and noble one... there are probably medieval woodcuts showing that sort of thing, but as that slightly predates most of the usual area of scans_daily, we'll skip to something vaguely more recent... well, relatively speaking.

LOTS of scans under the cut, but I've used smallish thumbnails so as not to kill your broadband completely! Just stun it slightly...

Over a century of Dudes in Distress )
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Bonjour again, Ladies and Gentlemen!

As I promised last week, today you get another dosage of the saga of the Gentleman Ghost and you are going to get a nice treat in this session. Ever wondered what would happen if the world's greatest detective faced the world's greatest thief on a match of wits and resources? Well, today's session will deal with such scenario by pitting the Gentleman Ghost against Batman. Witness in amazement as the Cadaverous Cavalier of Crime confronts the Dark Knight on a series of battles that would make them sworn enemies. The actors are ready and the stage has been set. It's Showtime!

Ghosts and Bats )
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Last time, on Mosconian Invasion:

Two of the greatest heroes in MLJ Comics, the Shield and the Wizard, joined forces the fight against the dastardly plans of the MOSCONIANS, the people so evil they manage to be both Nazis and the Communists. The valiant Wizard raced off to protect Annapolis and West Point, while the Shield went after the Mosconian spy ring in Washington D.C. The Wizard came back to the capital just in time to save his brother, the head of Naval Intelligence, but in their last act of cowardness, the Mosconians filled the building with cement. Will the Wizard and Grover be able to escape from the wreckage? Will the Shield be able to stop the Mosconians? Click on the cut and find out on this installment of the first crossover in comic book history - THE MOSCONIAN INVASION!

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The following story originally appeared in Pep Comics #4. Writing by Harry Shorten, art by Irv Novick

The Shield stops an enemy force from attacking Pearl Habor - in 1940 (11 pages behind the cut) )
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From here;

Here are a few samples from a retailer who attended the DC Retail launch on Friday
Confirmation for what a number of us expected it would seem )

And for legality, a reason why working for Two-Face might have it's little perks when you've just rendered Gotham's finest unconscious...



To borrow one of my favourite Xander quotes from Buffy "Hands! Hands in NEW PLACES!"
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Part 1 of this storyline is here. The TL;DR version: Amnesia and bad continuity have left Wonder Woman unsure of her abilities, so she asked the JLA to monitor her next 12 missions to make sure she's still fit for duty. Now it's The Flash's turn to play peeping tom, in "The War-No-More Machine!"
What's so funny 'bout peace, love, and understanding? )
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Once upon a time Lex went down an all-consuming path, the Joker became a little serious to check him, someone died for a quick joke, and the stuff of power rings was involved.

Yes, it's.. the Joker's ongoing's seventh, whose cover featured its protagonist in peril (as opposed to imperiling or merely contending with the monthly antagonist.)

And which began, in two ways, in media res. )
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Just under the wire!

I wasn't sure I'd ever own a copy of this issue. As it featured the first appearance of Arkham Asylum, copies were out of my price range (unless I'm buying rare back issues for my girlfriend--because I'm clearly the most awesome boyfriend ever, zomg--my limit is five bucks), but I managed to find a ratty-ass copy that was good enough to read and scan. Huzzah!

I'm glad I did, because while the story is dated and rough, it was surprisingly ahead of its time with how sympathetically it treated Two-Face. Sure, he was sympathetic in his original appearance, but that was only up to the point that he was redeemed and had his face fixed. After it got rescarred again, his very few appearances between 1954 and 1971 treated him more like a tragic character who's now just a villain to be stopped, and all sympathy for him died long ago. It's how many still write him.

It's also how Denny O'Neil himself treated the character in his first Two-Face story, Half a Life. I should post that here, both the original version and the recent recoloring, just to compare. But today's post is O'Neil's *second* Two-Face story: Threat of the Two-Headed Coin! from Batman #258 (1974). And this time, O'Neil takes a slightly different approach with the character, one which undoubtedly influenced the writers on Batman: The Animated Series in how they handled villains.

That said, it's still very early Bronze Age, right down to the cracky intro image, where Harvey resembles Wile E. Coyote to an oblivious Dynamic Duo:





Fun with atomic weapons behind the cut )
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Back when I posted Two-Face: Year One--which entirely cut out the character of Harvey's wife, Gilda--one commenter asked if any kind of wife/finance is really needed for Harvey.

Me, I'd argue that Gilda is a character who is absolutely essential to displaying the humanity and core tragedy of Harvey Dent. Unfortunately, she's made very few appearances in comics, which I think is a major reason why Two-Face is so often written as a one-note monster with a cheap gimmick.

That said, Gilda can be a problematic character. When she first appeared in the original Harvey Kent trilogy way back in the 40's, her character was mainly there to be the weeping, faithful, fragile love interest, the pure-hearted woman who could redeem Harvey through the sheer power of lurve.

Two-Face eventually returned, but Gilda did not. At least, not until 1980, after a thirty-six year absence, in the story I bring you today. In this overly-convoluted mystery entitled Double Jeopardy/Twice Dies the Batman, Gilda meets a new love interest with a shady past, and unwittingly becomes involved in a web of lies, murder, and revenge. Why can't there ever be webs of nice things, like puppies and pie?





Plastic surgery does not work that way behind the cut )



In the near future, I'll post the one other story to actually make use of this refreshing new direction for Gilda before she's relegated back to her previous characterization... or worse, in the case of the story from which she's now, regrettably, most famous.
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Hi folks!

Hope your Thursday was good, and everyone is quite recovered.

I'm using "Weakness Week" as an excuse to run a few pages of this character...



Can you guess his secret weakness?

For those of you who haven't met the character before, the Silent Knight was actually Brian Kent, son of Sir Edwin Kent. Sir Edwin was co-ruler of a fiefdom with Sir Oswald. Oswald didn't want to share, and treacherously slew Sir Edwin. Brian realized what had happened, but could not speak out against Sir Oswald, as he was now sole ruler, and Brian was not yet of age. So Brian adopted an identity-concealing set of armor to fight for the common people against Sir Oswald's misrule. One problem--the full-face helmet wasn't going to be enough. Brian had a very distinctive voice, so he couldn't go the standard superhero route of lowering it a notch and speaking gruffly; he had to remain silent or have Sir Oswald prove that the outlaw Silent Knight was the same person as Brian Kent and legally have him put to death.

This is a fairly typical story, "The Three Flaming Dooms!" It was originally printed in The Brave and the Bold #15 in 1957, but this is the 1974 reprint in The Brave and the Bold #112. 3 1/3 pages of ten.

Apologies in advance for the crooked scans. )

Your thoughts and comments?

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creator: Irv Novick
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One of the most distinctive aspects of The Bronze Age of Comics (early 70's to mid 80's) was how it mixed classic superheroics in a greater sense of realism.

Or at least, that was the attempt, more often than not. Even those results that were groundbreaking at the time now read as dated, ham-handed, and/or just plain silly. I mean, I know it's blasphemous, but have any of you recently read the O'Neil/Adams Green Lantern/Green Arrow run?

Due to the popularity of James Bond and other Cold War spy adventures, Batman's stories took on a more global scope, most notably once O'Neil brought in Ra's Al Ghul. Even the classic Rogues got into the espionage game, including Penguin, Joker, and, of course, the focus of today's story:





The surprise identity of today's mystery guest villain behind the cut! )

So obviously Two-Face survives, but we're never given any explanation to how. In fact, this was at least his second sure death during the Bronze Age, the first of which I still have yet to post, and that one wasn't explained away either!

Instead, Harvey returns a mere year later, with no mention of this story whatsoever, in another Novick-drawn tale that not only brings back Gilda, but also directly spins out of the Dave Davis origin. It's Gilda's first appearance since the Golden Age, and the first truly interesting look at the character and why she's so vital to Harvey as a character.
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From Joker #8, a couple of good reasons not to get mixed up in the battle between two Super-Criminals, in this case our favourite circus maniac and his psychiatrist counterpart, the Scarecrow. As it was the big J's first solo series, he actually comes off as incredibly fun and full of ingenious plans...



...And One Or Two Kinds Of Madness, As Well )
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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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Oh my!


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tags: creator: marv wolfman, creator: michael fleisher, creator: irv novick, creator: frank mclaughlin, title: batman, char: batman/bruce wayne, char: nightwing/robin/dick grayson, char: talia al ghul
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tags: creator: don newton, creator: steve mitchell, creator: marv wolfman, creator: irv novick, creator: frank mclaughlin, title: batman, char: batman/bruce wayne, char: nightwing/robin/dick grayson, char: catwoman/selina kyle, char: talia al ghul
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char: batman/bruce wayne, char: nightwing/robin/dick grayson, char: catwoman/selina kyle, title: detective, creator: Steven Englehart, creator: Terry Austin, creator: Marshall Rogers, creator: David V. Reed, creator: Irv Novick, creator: Frank McLaughlin, title: Batman, char: wonder girl/troia/donna troy, char: harlequin/duela dent
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A friend attempts, every year, to get me a couple of Robin based commissions as a Christmas present, and my 2009 presents just arrived, so I thought I'd share

First up is a delightful Hembeck re-do of this classic, cracktastic Irv Novick cover from 1968- Batman 209



"Don't you know who I am? What are you dense or something? I'm the Goddam Tony the Tiger!"

You'll need to click to see both the pics! :P )

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char: robin/nightwing/dick grayson
char: robin/red hood/jason todd
char: ventriloquist/arnold wesker
comic: batman
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You know, it's great that DC is bringing back all these other old Archie heroes, but there's just one name that really makes crime quake in fear: BOB PHANTOM!

Say his name! )

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