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During No Man's Land Batman notices that the neon lights are still on in Chinatown, and attracting people to their sex trade even with the rest of Gotham bereft of power. He finds Lynx the only surviving member of the Ghost Dragons gang wiped out by a coalition of gangs and shows her the reason why...

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Batman 50

Mar. 23rd, 2016 08:24 pm
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So we are here, with the last issue of the Superheavy and the penultimate issue fo Snyder's Batman run. The last issue showed us the return of Bruce Wayne and made it clear that it was a tragic event. This issue shows us the clash between Gordon, Duke, Batman and Bloom.

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He pulls out the comic book, and there's this blonde, Anglo-Saxon gym teacher from the Midwest. I said, "Okay, see, it's sort of my point, Julie."

"What's wrong with this?"

"A blonde Anglo-Saxon white guy from the Midwest. Julie, do you ever watch the Olympics? How often have you seen three white guys, you know, gold, silver, bronze, [standing] together? Usually there's a white guy, a black guy and an Asian guy, or two black guys and a white guy. Three white guys, you don't really see it. Maybe in archery. I'm thinking archery we'd see three white guys."

He says, "What your point?"

I said, "I'm just saying if the ring goes out it's just as likely to find an Asian guy and a black guy, and it is not likely that it's going to find another white Anglo-Saxon protestant guy. That doesn't make any sense."

"You want to draw a black Green Lantern don't you?"

"Well, yeah, that's what I was thinking."

He said, "Will you draw it?"

I said, "Yeah, I'll draw it. No problem."

He said, "Fine, I'll get Denny [O'Neil] to write a script."

"Make him civilized, Julie, you know, not a gangster or anything."

"We'll make him an architect."

"Fine, make him an architect. Out of work. Things aren't so good for out of work black architects."

"Okay, fine, get out of here. Get out of my office. I want it dark in my office again."

So then [Denny] does this script, and I read the first page. Sure enough, he's a black out of work architect, and he's defending a couple of guys on the street from nasty cops. And I read the name of the guy, and the guy's name is Lincoln Washington. Oh, Jesus. So I go to Denny O'Neil, and I go, "Denny, look, I know the answer to this question, but I just have to ask you, Lincoln Washington?"

He says, "Not my name. I didn't do it."

I said, "Who did it?"

He says, "Julie."

"Okay, fine." I go to Julie's room and I close the door.

"What is it? Get out of my office."

"Julie, Lincoln Washington?"

"What's wrong with that name? I know lots of guys with names like that."


- Neal Adams, reminiscing on the creation of John Stewart

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In light of the well intentioned but horribly botched history of American magic over in the Potterverse (and the fact that I've been listening to a lot of Hamillton), I thought that I'd post instances of the Founding Fathers messing about with magic in the DCU and Marvel Universes...

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"I told everybody at the beginning that it wasn’t going to be, you know, individual stories, that it was gonna be a novel, and so you have to read the whole thing, and you’re gonna get chapters. And people on the internet started hockin’ me like crazy, ‘He didn’t explain this, and he didn’t tell us this, and what’s going on with this, I don’t understand!’ I don’t understand?! Fuck you. You don’t understand? That’s because you haven’t read the thirteenth chapter! I mean what the hell’s wrong with you, is that the way you read a book – you read a chapter and then you bitch at the author? I don’t think so! So, I’m trying to let people know ahead of time that you gotta read all thirteen chapters so you know what the hell’s going on. And they didn’t wanna wait, those guys on the internet. They just jumped all over my ass. Now the thing is finally collected in a book and you can read the whole thing but when you do something new? Boy, y’know, you become a target." - Neal Adams

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"Guys I’m sorry, fuck you but I’m the target. Go shoot your arrows. Try to get me. I’m runnin’ across the hill over there. And I had a great time! I did a book that I’m tremendously happy with and what’s happening is now people are coming up to me at conventions and stuff going [whispers] ‘I really liked Batman Odyssey. I loved it. Wow it was great.’ Why you whispering? ‘I don’t want anybody to hear me. I’m not supposed to like it. But I loved it.’" - Neal Adams

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"I've done almost as much writing as I've done drawing, but people just don't know it because people are so enamored of the art. But if you think about it, if you care about my stuff at all, which is totally unnecessary, one of the things you have to look at is I'm a pretty good storyteller. Over and above the image itself, I'm telling a story. That's what I do. I'm an artist who tells stories. I'm not an artist who draws to decorate the Sistine Chapel or something. I'm a storyteller. So I write. I write scripts and advertising and comic books.

"Maybe it's a little harder for an artist to write, but I haven't seen anyone write Deadman to my satisfaction since I did it, honestly. And the X-Men stories I plotted have stood the test of time, because my initial 10 issues was the plot of the first X-Men movie, with Magneto turning humans into mutants. That was the basic plot of my first series of X-Men stories. I've seen now my Batman turned into the last two Batman movies. Yes, things have changed, but there's Ra's Al Ghul up in the mountains with the snow, so it's very, very reminiscent of my Batman. And the Green Arrow I helped to define is now on Smallville, and Hal Jordan is going to be in the Green Lantern movie. So what's happened is that much of my old stuff has ended up on film or television, so it's time for me to jump back in and play with these things again." - Neal Adams

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Nrama: You mentioned "Frank" earlier, and I'm assuming you mean Frank Miller. Wasn't he originally supposed to be involved in this project?

Adams: He was, and he's gotten kind of busy, and it didn't seem to be all that necessary, although he has demanded that he gets to see the stuff before other people. [laughs] And I'm sure he'll give me some sage advice, just like I used to give him sage advice. But it's not really necessary at this point. I write a very tight script.


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"If a T-rex could merely walk, its most abundant prey would have such an easy time evading T-rex, unless they too shambled along the way science used to think they did. Your and science’s refusal to consider a growing Earth dooms the dinosaurs to this gigantic shambling world of walking beasts. Only one factor need be changed to make it all make sense, a growing Earth. THEN, everything falls into place."

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"Artists, animators, engineers and such know that T-rex ran. It’s not even a question. It’s one of those jokes that one day will be laughed about. EVERY SINGLE BIT OF T-REX’S ANATOMY SCREAMS A FAST RUNNING BEAST, Head to Achilles tendon to tail. Will experts in one area seek help from experts in other areas whose standards they decry...? No! Even if right? No!"

- Neal Adams

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Batman 49 came out this week, setting up Bruce Wayne's return as Batman for the big next issue. And what a path it was to that point in this issue, so much that I kind of felt the need to post that return in the last three-ish pages because it was a thing of art.

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"You will be the laughed at, generation of geologists who believed in the subduction theory. Just like those who believed the Sun went around the Earth or the Earth was flat and you could fall off the edge. You are the duped generation of geologists. Let me rip at your heart and brain for a few minutes, and give you a chance at redemption. As a geologist did you ever sit and contemplate a group of geodes? Some, cut apart, or one, simply together, as a rock? Fascinating, aren't they? Humble things, geodes? Hmmmmm?

"What if I told you that a geode was a model for the Earth, all planets, moons and even suns? I mean even without deep discussion, you do see the similarities yes? They're round for the most part. They have a crust of many types of material. Then under that crust it's more crystal, but the crystal is randomly angled as if it were adjusting to new random angles, but further in the angles are clearly pushing outward (and inward) perpendicular to the surface, unlike the near-surface angles.

"These crystals, as you know, are straight sided like, say, basalt or iron. Straight-sided crystals aiming outward are in an odd place being in a ball. Because the ball shape resists the straight sided being larger on the outside, smaller on the inside. So the crystals are irregular lengths going inward. They all can't grow inward regularly, can they? They would compress tighter and tighter. So they accede to their neighbor longer shafts going in.

"Yes, molecules do add to the inner ends creating compression and having no inward release they must push outward. This is growth without life! (A stepping stone for life, perhaps.) Now this is physics, of course, and you geologists don't talk to physicists much, so you wimp out. They would tell you if straight sides grow within a sphere, inward they will push outward and as a result the geode will grow outward! So, a geode grows! It does? It must!! That's physics!!!" - Neal Adams

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"I will admit that although I enjoyed some of the colourful clowns at one time or another, I think they have a mildly negative effect on the Batman franchise." - Neal Adams

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"It’s the first chapter of a BOOK and you’re not going to know what the book is about until you get to the last chapter. And then, when you get to the last chapter, you’re going to have to read it all over again because I set all these plot strings up from the beginning. Every single thing that’s in there, ends up being resolved at the end of the book." - Neal Adams

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