Date: 2018-06-19 03:46 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] laughing_tree
Can’t say this is Gaiman at his best. It’s kind of amusing, but not really a gag worth eight whole pages...

Date: 2018-06-19 04:28 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lego_joker
I like the script well enough, but they really should've gotten someone -- anyone -- else to draw it. The central gimmick really needs a "traditional" Batman look to have maximum punch.

Shame Jim Aparo had pretty much retired at this stage; this would've been dope with his art.

Date: 2018-06-19 04:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] laughing_tree
Gaiman talks in some essay about how he always makes sure to know who his artist will be before he starts writing, and by this point he'd have had enough clout to enforce it. So this script was almost certainly written specifically for Bisley.

I assume the effect here is very much intentional, juxtaposing the Joker at his most exaggerated, larger than life Joker-ness against the mundane of what he's saying (and ditto for Batman).

I just don't think it's all that funny.

Date: 2018-06-19 04:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alicemacher
Love this story. I posted it myself a couple of years or so back but it always bears reposting, and besides it may well have been one of the many posts of mine that got image-blanked when Google shut down Picasa.

Date: 2018-06-19 06:37 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silverzeo
Hmm... would it be weird if I say this makes me think of "Canceled Cavalcade"? And dumb of me to ask if anyone has scans of that 'series'?

Date: 2018-06-19 07:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] deh_tommy
I was always fond of this story. There’s something about making the fantastical mundane that amuses me quite a bit (for the most part).

Date: 2018-06-19 12:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bradygirl_12
Reminds me of the Warner Brothers cartoon with the coyote and sheepdog punching a time clock in and out and inquiring about the wife and kids in between the coyote trying to blow the sheepdog up.

Date: 2018-06-19 02:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lordultimus
Wonder what this would look like today?

Date: 2018-06-19 03:52 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lego_joker
That's a good point, actually.

Some of the details here seem almost quaint by modern standards - the Joker's "in-story" plot, for example, feels more Bronze Age than anything. And I think even at the time, Mr. Freeze had been lifted far beyond C-Lister Limbo by Batman: The Animated Series.

(Or is Gaiman riffing on the fact that Batman & Robin, which would've been fresh in recent memory, kicked poor Freeze back down to C-Lister Limbo?)

Date: 2018-06-19 05:36 pm (UTC)
alicemacher: Lisa Winklemeyer from the webcomic Penny and Aggie, c2004-2011 G. Lagacé, T Campbell (Default)
From: [personal profile] alicemacher
Poor Freeze indeed... I think of Morrison's penultimate Animal Man issue (from 1990, thus before B:TAS), in which Buddy visits Comic Book Limbo, where forgotten characters are trapped until someone writes and draws them again. Among others, he meets (but doesn't recognize) Mr. Freeze, who says he's been there so long he can scarcely recall what a human face looks like.

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