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A quick note: I first sought out this issue (Batman 392) after reading about it here: No Place for a Girl: Batman Comics of the 1980s

It's a cute story, in which Batman and Catwoman try to have a date, but keep being interrupted by crimes. Because, you know, it's Gotham. They try to have dinner, go dancing, walk in the park, but everywhere they turn, the city needs help. The running gag is that she keeps using pieces of her cat-o-nine to tie up the bad guys. Meanwhile, Bullock is arguing with Gordon about how bad the Catwoman is.

Reposting this for fun and by request. It's much edited, but can be found in its entirety along with nine other stories in Catwoman: Nine Lives of a Femme Fatale

A Town on the Night
Batman 392
Written by Doug Moench
Pencils by Tom Mandrake
Inks by Jan Duursema

From the splash page:

"Crisis on Infinite Earth is over. But a new crisis, one confined to an alley backing a block with five bars and no bookstores, is just beginning..."

They break up another crime, and hang on... wait for it... Batman gives a compliment. Also, she calls him 'Spooky'.

The inset doodle page is Gordon's work, back at his office.

Date: 2009-04-20 02:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 13thcell.insanejournal.com
Them walking hand in hand and dancing while in their costumes is just hysterical! ;D

But some good moments there.

Date: 2009-04-20 03:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zhinxy.insanejournal.com
Would you believe a guy comes up and tries to sell them coke? No, really. It's great...

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Date: 2009-04-20 03:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zhinxy.insanejournal.com
Was just about to post from this one! You be readin' mah mind mysteryfan!

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Date: 2009-04-20 03:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] runespoor7.insanejournal.com
*loves on* Aw. Awwww. Awwwwww. zomg on a date like schoolkids with a crush. Batman staring at Selina's legs. Working together. Metaing on Batman's rep of a loner. This is gold.

Awwwwwwww ♥

Date: 2009-04-20 03:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zhinxy.insanejournal.com
The lonely gods page, by the way, is quite good, but I feel it elides some of the stronger work done on Selina's character in the mid-to-late seventies (It was a mixed bag, but the stronger stuff is there.) particularly by Dennis O'Neil, who took pains to bring her into a more independent modernized version under his long, definitive tenure as a Bat-Writer. (O'neil's Batman actually declared clearer feelings for HER than she did for him, come to think of it. )

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Date: 2009-04-20 04:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uadlika.insanejournal.com
This is so cute I had to run over and get a special icon just for it.

Thank you :)

And yes please, I second whoever said we need to repost bat/cat stuff from old s_d

Date: 2009-04-20 04:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tsuki_the_geek.insanejournal.com
YAY BAT/CAT! If only these two could work out like Clark/Lois, then we could all be happy... seriously, Batman:HUSH seemed like it came SO close and then everything went to &$%#!

Date: 2009-04-20 04:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zhinxy.insanejournal.com
We'll always have earth-2, well... Something like Earth 2, anyway!

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Date: 2009-04-20 05:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 13thcell.insanejournal.com
Or he finally tells her he loves her, and then he of course must die/be transported to past/wherever, so it can't lead to anything.

Date: 2009-04-20 06:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] octopussoir.insanejournal.com
So far the closest we've had is Heart of Hush where Bats admitted that Selina is the only woman who he really loves/loved. It's aww-worthy and some of the last good Batman before the whole 'Fight For the Cowl' shenanigans.

Date: 2009-04-20 06:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scottyquick.insanejournal.com
They will, in the end. There's absolutely no doubt in my mind that twenty five years from now, they'll wind up together. But for as long as comics are being published, I want to see that game of cat and bat ;)


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Date: 2009-04-20 04:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vignettelante.insanejournal.com
Tooo damn cuuute. They've made Batman so dysfunctional lately (and also, um, dead) that I can't picture him acting like this...especially sharing pizza with Gordon and Catwoman, which just seems like a nice little touch of comradery. I guess it's that he's gone to such great lengths to build up his mystique (to the point where he's an urban legend) that he wouldn't do something as...human, as sitting down and eating with someone, in his Batman identity at least. Well...maybe in the Watchtower, or the Batcave, or some other private super-space, but not in a "mundane" location like Gordon's office.

But anyway, this whole thing was just so sweet. Especially the panel with Batman putting his cape around her (incidentally, Catwoman with a cape just seems odd).

"a block with five bars and no bookstores" gave me a chuckle.

Date: 2009-04-20 04:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] parsimonia.insanejournal.com
LOL, Jim. I don't know why, but I get such a kick out of him, Bruce and Selina all sitting back with their feet up, chilling out.


That panel is just priceless.

Date: 2009-04-20 04:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zhinxy.insanejournal.com
yes, yes, so much yes!

There's also a priceless moment from this run where Gordon goes up to the roof to turn on the Batsignal and finds she's already turned it on and catches them making out... DAMMIT, I'M POSTING THAT RIGHT NOW!

Date: 2009-04-20 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dustbunny105.insanejournal.com
Aww, so cute! That facepalm panel is brilliant, and I love Bat, Cat and Gordon sitting around the desk with their feet up (to say nothing of Gordon's, er, notes).

Date: 2009-04-20 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zhinxy.insanejournal.com
Playing "Hang Harvey"... There's darkness lurking in Gordon. Deep deep darkness. That's why the Bat and Cat know to placate him with Pizza once in a while.

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Date: 2009-04-20 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] killermoth1.insanejournal.com
Batman, Catwoman and Gordon all sitting in a police office eating pizza to me is the equivalent of finding a large chunk of unearthed awesome and tapping directly into it. I also love the forehead slap at the man robbing the store, just a perfectly captured moment.

Date: 2009-04-20 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scottyquick.insanejournal.com
I can't wait to buy this trade. I LOVE a good Bruce/Selina

Date: 2009-04-20 09:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] retro_nouveau.insanejournal.com
Yes! One of the first icons I made was from this post from SD 1.0. Thanks for putting it up again. :)

Gotham City, for all its problems, has a place where you can get pizza 24 hours a day. Nice.

This must be one of the reasons that I like the broody kid and the purple kid having a Zesti after breaking up a convenience store robbery, and broody has to remind purple to pay up before they leave... *double facepalm*

Got any plans for tomorrow night, Spooky?

Date: 2009-04-20 09:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chipsnopotatoes.insanejournal.com
i can't tire of this story no matter how often i read it. they should have more date nights!!

Date: 2009-04-21 12:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] killermoth1.insanejournal.com
This is in a trade!? I demand to know if the other stories in the trade are good as well!


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Date: 2009-04-22 03:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] superfan1.insanejournal.com
Aww what a cute story with them together and sweet ending. This is what I love about there relation, with them being themselves and laid back.


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