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Happy Birthday to the great Nick Cardy! 🦇 Although he’s best known for his classic interior work in the pages of Teen Titans and Aquaman, Cardy also drew some gorgeous Bat-covers as well. Here’s a few that are in keeping with the holiday spirit 🎃 #nickcardy #batman #detective #detectivecomics #capedcrusader #maskedmanhunter #darkknight #darkknightdetective #brucewayne #worldsgreatestdetective #comic #comics #comicbooks #dccomics #talesfromthebatcave
Our page from Superman #6 came back from the framer’s today! Patrick Gleason’s pencils and Mick Gray’s inks are truly super and out of this world. Gleason does one of the best Batmen! #patrickgleason #mickgray #dcrebirth #dccomics #batman #superman #wonderwoman #superboy #jonkent #art #comic #comics #comicbooks #talesfromthebatcave #darkknight #darkknightdetective #capedcrusader #manofsteel #dianaprince #originalart
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Here’s a villain who’s just begging to be used as a Halloween costume idea! The Eraser is one of Batman and Robin’s most bizarre Silver Age villains. His real name, Lenny Fiasco, is just as memorable as his alias. The Eraser first appeared in 1966’s Batman #188 and was created by writer John Broome and artist Sheldon Moldoff. Fiasco was a college classmate of Bruce Wayne’s who was ridiculed for always making mistakes and having to carry along his trusty eraser. After his crush chose Bruce over him, Fiasco was led into a life of crime. He promised to “erase” all evidence of criminals’ wrongdoing for 20% of their hauls from devilish doings. His shoes had “pencil” blades in them while his eraser head was used to make evidence disappear. As the ever-observant Robin says, this guy sure is “camp”! #eraser #theeraser #lennyfiasco #fiasco #johnbroome #sheldonmoldoff #batman #robin #brucewayne #dickgrayson #darkknight #detective #darkknightdetective #maskedmanhunter #capedcrusader #dynamicduo #boywonder #silverage #silveragecomics #comic #comics #comicbooks #dccomics #camp #halloween #halloweencostume #talesfromthebatcave
“I don’t know if it’s art, but I like it!” The 1989 Batman film has a scene where Vicki Vale’s photo portfolio is perused by the Joker. Her Time magazine “pics” of the Corto Maltese war zone are of particular interest to the macabre clown prince of crime. This fictional country didn’t originate in the film, however. It first appeared as a South American island in Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns. In the book, president Ronald Reagan sends Superman to Corto Maltese in order to quell an uprising. Miller named the country after Hugo Pratt’s comic series titled Corto Maltese. In DC Comics’ January solicitations, it was announced that writer Joshua Williamson is having Flash travel to the island in his series. The island has been mentioned in the TV shows Smallville, Arrow, and Supergirl. I always wondered why, in the 1989 film, Vicki is spelled with a y. Oh, and Time magazine would never use the word “pics”. But, despite those glitches, it’s still art to me...and I like it! #cortomaltese #darkknightreturns #batman1989 #batman89 #vickivale #vickyvale #time #timemagazine #superman #batman #joker #darkknight #darkknightdetective #capedcrusader #maskedmanhunter #comic #comics #comicbooks #dccomics #warnerbros #warner #timburton #gothamcity #talesfromthebatcave
It’s been a long time since I read Batman and Dracula: Red Rain. After reading it tonight, I’m reminded of why this is such a beloved Bat-classic. The masterful duo of writer Doug Moench and artist Kelley Jones (two of my favorite creators) crafted a story in 1991 that I devoured over and over as a boy. Jones’ art is much more restrained (for him!) than usual, but still impeccable. Now on to its sequel, Batman: Bloodstorm! Do you, fellow Bat-lovers, place this book among the Bat’s best? #kelleyjones #malcolmjonesiii #lesdorscheid #dougmoench #batman #dracula #batmandracula #redrain #halloween #horror #dccomics #comic #comics #comicbooks #darkknight #darkknightdetective #detective #capedcrusader #maskedmanhunter #talesfromthebatcave
What’s one of the biggest dreams of any Bat-fan? To meet, the Caped Crusader himself, of course! In 1988, during the filming of the 1989 Batman film, Starlog magazine asked its readers to write a poem in 50 words or less why they wanted to meet the world’s greatest detective. The winner would get flown to the set of the film and given a role as an extra. The lucky winner was future prop designer Andrew Seward Duncan from Riverdale, Georgia. He sent in his poem on a piece of paper that he made himself which was also in the shape of a batarang! To further express his Bat bona fides, he even quoted Batman #400 at the end of his poem. His walk-on role in the film can be seen as he’s running through the streets during Joker’s parade. Did any of you fellow Bat-family members turn in your own poem to Starlog? #batman #batman89 #batman1989 #michaelkeaton #starlog #starlogmagazine #1989 #dccomics #warnerbros #warner #poem #poetry #capedcrusader #darkknight #darkknightdetective #maskedmanhunter #talesfromthebatcave
Happy Birthday, Jim Starlin! This famed writer/artist has written two Bat-stories that I pored over and read over a million and half times as a little kid: Death in the Family and The Cult. With those two stories, he broke Batman’s heart and mine as well. His Cosmic Odyssey had some cool Bat-moments and his drawing of Bat-ears in Batman #402 are almost as long as those by Kelley Jones. What’s your favorite Starlin tale, Bat-family? #jimstarlin #jimaparo #mikemignola #berniewrightson #batman #deathinthefamily #thecult #batmanthecult #cult #cosmicodyssey #darkknight #darkknightdetective #detective #capedcrusader #maskedmanhunter #superman #manofsteel #brucewayne #clarkkent #comic #comics #comicbooks #dccomics #talesfromthebatcave
Batman has many spooky villains but the one that might cause the most fright is the diabolical Doctor Crane a.k.a. The Scarecrow. Crane first appeared in 1941’s World’s Finest #3 and was created by writer Bill Finger and artists Jerry Robinson and Bob Kane. Batfans of the Golden Age were obviously not clamoring for the return of Scarecrow during the Golden Age because he only appeared once more during this time. He appeared for the first time in the Silver Age in 1967’s Batman #189 where writer Gardner Fox and artist Sheldon Moldoff introduced Crane’s famed fear gas. One of my favorite Scarecrow stories is the one by Mike Barr and Alan Davis in Detective #571 , which was the villain’s first Post-Crisis appearance. Plus, we get a premonition of Jason Todd’s death in that final panel! Alan Davis proves, as he has time and again, that he’s one of the best Bat-artists. Before we got Christopher’s Nolan’s interpretation of Scarecrow, Joel Schumacher was going to interpret the villain in a third Bat-film titled Batman Unchained. Before that fell through, some names bandied about for the role of Crane were Nicholas Cage, Steve Buscemi, and Jeff Goldblum. What is your favorite Scarecrow comic or film/cartoon? #scarecrow #jonathancrane #batman #darkknight #darkknightdetective #detective #detectivecomics #maskedmanhunter #capedcrusader #robin #jasontodd #boywonder #dynamicduo #chum #alandavis #billfinger #jerryrobinson #bobkane #comic #comics #comicbooks #dccomics #talesfromthebatcave
Fellow ‘90s comics readers will be jumping for joy when they see this sweet Patrick Gleason art just released at Brian Michael Bendis’ spotlight panel at NYCC! The Young Justice ongoing title will have my (and many of yours!) favorite Robin in the series. Tim Drake has more of his classic look AND just a single R on his chest. Does that mean he’s going to go by Robin? Maybe him and Damian will share the name? And it’s super exciting to see Conner Kent back and in his classic outfit! Bart is awesome too, of course! Are you, Batfamily, as excited as I am? Do you love these suits? Patrick Gleason rules #patrickgleason #brianmichaelbendis #robin #redrobin #timdrake #superboy #connerkent #impulse #bartallen #youngjustice #nycc #nycc2018 #newyorkcomiccon #newyorkcomiccon2018 #talesfromthebatcave #batfamily #batman
Here are some snazzy Jason Fabok designs of the three Jokers and some of the Bat-family for Geoff John’s and Fabok’s upcoming Three Jokers miniseries that will be under the Black Label. They were unveiled today at New York Comic Con and just tweeted by Fabok. In his tweet, he said he was influenced by the 1989 film, Brian Bolland’s Killing Joke, and “the classic art of DC Comics past, which stands the test of time.” I couldn’t agree more! After Sean Murphy’s homages to Batman ‘89 in White Knight, it’s nice to see even more homage from another great artist. What do you think of the designs, Batfans? #jasonfabok #threejokers #batmanthreejokers #jacknapier #batman89 #killingjoke #batman #darkknight #darkknightdetective #capedcrusader #maskedmanhunter #brucewayne #batgirl #barbaragordon #jasontodd #robin #redhood #comic #comics #comicbooks #dccomics #newyorkcomiccon #newyorkcomiccon2018 #nycc #nycc2018 #newyork #talesfromthebatcave
Holy freeze frame, Batman! If it wasn’t for the Batman ‘66 TV show, we wouldn’t have gotten the name Mister Freeze. His alias in the 1959 debut appearance of Batman 151 (written by Dave Wood with art by Sheldon Moldoff) was Mister Zero. However, the Batman TV producers changed the name and, in his second appearance in the comics nine years later (!), the switch was also made to Mister Freeze. That story was in Detective Comics 373 (written by Gardner Fox with art by Chic Stone and inks by Sid Greene) and features Robin exclaiming something pretty cheeky about the name change (holy last pic in this post!). The TV series featured three actors that played Freeze: George Sanders, Otto Preminger, and Eli Wallach. Which was your favorite? And which name do you prefer? Mister Zero or Mister Freeze? #batman #capedcrusader #darkknight #darkknightdetective #maskedmanhunter #misterzero #misterfreeze #mrfreeze #freeze #gardnerfox #chicstone #sidgreene #georgesanders #ottopreminger #eliwallach #batman66 #1960s #comic #comics #comicbooks #dccomics #talesfromthebatcave
Happy 29th anniversary to one of my favorite Bat-books! Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth was released on this day in 1989. Coming right on the heels of the Tim Burton Batman movie, it ended up being a massive hit. Like The Dark Knight Returns a few years earlier, Arkham Asylum was a crossover hit with non-comic book readers. Writer Grant Morrison has said his book was in response to DKR. He wanted to bring a new take to the Bat mythos like Frank Miller had done. Morrison has also said his first choice to draw Arkham Asylum was Killing Joke artist Brian Bolland. The art by Dave McKean was a little too abstract for Morrison. Although Bolland would have done an amazing job, McKean did make an impact with his horrific approach. The article I wrote about Arkham Asylum for the website Comics Authority that I run with my husband (which we’ll get back to updating in the future!) has been cited by Wikipedia! Here’s a link to the article: https://comicsauthority.com/2013/10/31/review-batman-arkham-asylum-a-serious-house-on-serious-earth/ What do you guys think of this Bat-classic? #grantmorrison #davemckean #batman #arkham #arkhamasylum #serioushouseonseriousearth #darkknight #darkknightdetective #capedcrusader #maskedmanhunter #detective #horror #fear #joker #rorschach #comic #comics #comicbooks #dccomics #1989 #clownprinceofcrime #talesfromthebatcave
You would think Batman and vampirism would go together like Batman and Robin. Well it did! And right off the...bat with one of the caped crusader’s first adventures. In 1939’s Detective Comics #31 , we’re introduced to the Monk (or the Mad Monk), who purports to be a vampire. However, he also calls himself a werewolf, with writer Gardner Fox (and Monk co-creators Sheldon Moldoff and Bob Kane) somehow mismatching the two horror fixtures. Maybe the Monk was a werewolf who became a vampire? This would make it Batman’s first werewolf story as well! Detective 31 is also the first appearance of Bruce Wayne’s fiancée Julie Madison, and the first appearance of the Batgyro and Baterang (with the Batarang spelling coming later). The Monk has appeared in other stories as well, most memorably in ones I voraciously read by Gerry Conway when I was a kid. What’s your favorite Monk story? #sheldonmoldoff #bobkane #gardnerfox #themonk #monk #madmonk #batman #darkknight #darkknightdetective #capedcrusader #maskedmanhunter #detective #detectivecomics #juliemadison #batarang #batgyro #goldenage #goldenagecomics #comic #comics #comicbooks #dccomics #talesfromthebatcave
Henri Ducard is a name that non-comic book fans will recognize from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. Portrayed by Liam Neeson, the character is revealed at the end of Batman Begins to actually be renowned arch-nemesis Ra’s al Ghul. However, this cinematic portrayal isn’t the first appearance of Ducard and is drastically different from his cinematic interpretation. Created by Batman ‘89 writer Sam Hamm (!) and artist Denys Cowan, Ducard first appeared in the 3 part Blind Justice arc that ran through 1989’s Detective Comics #598 -600 (which was timed to lead up to Burton’s film). In the story, we’re introduced to a man who aided in training Bruce before he wore the mantle of the Bat. In Blind Justice, Ducard comes to Gotham many years later and figures out Bruce is Batman and wonders if his protege is deserving of the Worlds’s Greatest Detective title (as shown in the first panel above). Ducard’s next appearance after Blind Justice is in the third Robin Tim Drake’s first miniseries. In that tale, Ducard is hired by the British government to kill King Snake. Things don’t go as planned, however. More recently, the New 52 Batman and Robin series by Pete Tomasi and Patrick Gleason featured a great arc (which is no surprise, considering that title was one of the best to come out of the New 52) starring a villain named Nobody. The villain, who is Ducard’s son, leaves a young daughter who takes up the Nobody mantle and goes on adventures with Damian Wayne a.k.a. Robin, son of Batman. I recently read Blind Justice and it still stands up as a great Batman story. What is your favorite story featuring Henri Ducard? #samhamm #denyscowan #batman #darkknight #darkknightdetective #capedcrusader #maskedmanhunter #brucewayne #henriducard #blindjustice #batmanblindjustice #batman89 #batmanbegins #liamneeson #comic #comics #comicbooks #dccomics #talesfromthebatcave
Mike Parobeck, like Norm Breyfogle, is another artist that we lost way too soon. Before his classic run on Batman Adventures, his distinct art style appeared in El Diablo, the Impact Comics title The Fly, and the Justice Society of America. Parobeck then took over the art reins from Ty Templeton on Batman Adventures with issue 7 and worked on it until his death at age 30. The 12th issue featured the first appearance of Harley Quinn in a comic book. Parobeck said that issue 14 was his favorite because of his huge Robin fandom. Every issue he did was brilliant, with his cartoony yet extremely emotion-filled style matching that of the animated series. It’s definitely the most underrated title of the 90s and one that deserves to be placed within the canon of greatest Batman tales ever told #mikeparobeck #batman #batmanadventures #brucewayne #darkknight #darkknightdetective #detective #batsignal #robin #dickgrayson #boywonder #batgirl #harley #harleyquinn #joker #comic #comics #comicbooks #dccomics #talesfromthebatcave
Norm Breyfogle’s first published work was in 1977 with Batman Family #13 . He was 17 years old and already a pretty good artist after having began private art lessons at the age of 12. Breyfogle’s submitted Robin design is on the bottom left #normbreyfogle #batman #batmanfamily #robin #dickgrayson #batman #brucewayne #darkknight #darkknightdetective #capedcrusader #maskedmanhunter #dynamicduo #comic #comics #comicbooks #dccomics #talesfromthebatcave
It was just announced that my favorite Batman artist, Norm Breyfogle, passed away this Monday. After first experiencing his art as a kid, I delved into back issue bins to get every Batman back issue with his name on it. Breyfogle drew the first appearance of Tim Drake in his Robin duds and that moment he comes out of the shadows in the Batcave is one I’ll always remember seeing for the first time. He illustrated the amazing Holy Terror Elseworlds story. His work in the Shadow of the Bat title was stupendous and all his other work with writer Alan Grant in the main Bat books were instant classics. He contributed to the Knightfall saga. I could go on all night with my love for Breyfogle’s art. Instead, we should all go rediscover (or discover for the first time!) the magic he brought to the page. What are some of your favorite Breyfogle books? #normbreyfogle #batman #darkknight #darkknightdetective #capedcrusader #maskedmanhunter #robin #boywonder #brucewayne #timdrake #alfredpennyworth #nightwing #dickgrayson #detective #detectivecomics #comic #comics #comicbooks #dccomics #talesfromthebatcave
Happy national comic book day! Every day is comic book day for us Bat fans. Which comics made you a reader for life? Some of the first books I got as a precocious child of 8 years old were Dark Knight Returns, The Killing Joke, and Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth. I brought these comics EVERYWHERE. Although I probably didn’t understand everything going on in these books when I was a kid, they (and comics in general) felt like my bible. I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity to meet my favorite writer, Grant Morrison, a few times. I got to tell him at San Diego Comic Con a few years back how much Arkham Asylum affected me as a kid. He jokingly apologized for warping my mind. Here’s to all the writers and artists that have warped and expanded our minds for the good #nationalcomicbookday #comicbookday #batman #darkknight #darkknightdetective #capedcrusader #maskedmanhunter #joker #arkhamasylum #darkknightreturns #killingjoke #frankmiller #klausjanson #lynnvarley #grantmorrison #davemckean #alanmoore #brianbolland #comic #comics #comicbooks #dccomics #talesfromthebatcave
Writer Brian Michael Bendis’ first DC Comics work wasn’t Action Comics and Superman. It was a short Elseworlds-type story in 2000’s The Batman Chronicles #21 . Like 1994’s Legends of the Dark Knight Annual #4 by Mark Waid, Brian Augustyn, and Joe Staton, the short story by Bendis references the 1941 classic film Citizen Kane directed by Orson Welles. Bendis’ story was illustrated by his frequent collaborator Michael Gaydos. It was recently reprinted in the first issue of Bendis’ miniseries titled Cover. Bendis began his Batman story this month in the Walmart-exclusive Batman 100-Page Giant with the great Nick Derington. Have any of you read these Bendis tales yet? I need to grab that Walmart exclusive! #brianmichaelbendis #michaelgaydos #batman #batmanchronicles #capedcrusader #darkknight #darkknightdetective #maskedmanhunter #talesfromthebatcave #elseworlds #dccomics #comic #comics #comicbooks
Although issue 323 of World’s Finest declares the end for this titanic team-up title, it wasn’t originally meant to be the final nail in its coffin. As editor Janice Race notes in her letter to the reader, the higher ups at DC were going to bring the book back at a later date. That, however, was not meant to be. Crisis on Infinite Earths was fast approaching and the post-Dark Knight Returns/Year One Batman was just around the corner. An awesome title like World’s Finest didn’t seem to fit the new era, unfortunately. Later on we got Superman/Batman and Batman/Superman, which were fun books in the same vein as this classic title. Do you, dear readers, fall in the category of those who believe the Caped crusader and man of steel should be super friends or in the group who think they should be antagonists? I say super friends forever! #denyscowan #dickgiordano #worldsfinest #superfriends #batman #darkknight #darkknightdetective #detective #capedcrusader #maskedmanhunter #brucewayne #superman #manofsteel #manoftomorrow #clarkkent #upupandaway #dccomics #comic #comics #comicbooks #talesfromthebatcave #theend #finalissue
Did the Batman ‘60s show chisel Joker, Catwoman, Penguin, and Riddler upon the Mount Rushmore of Bat rogues? It clearly did within the general popular (non-comic book reading) public consciousness. Generation after generation has grown up with the show and, because of that, has expected those villains to appear in the next Bat film or show. Do you think the show had a huge influence on these villains’ popularity (not to mention Batman’s!)? I think so. The show clearly influenced the comics as well as vice versa. Do you consider these villains to be the definitive cream of the crop Bat-villains? Who should be added to the list? If Two-Face had appeared on the show (as was planned), maybe his popularity would have been just as phenomenal #batman #capedcrusader #darkknight #darkknightdetective #maskedmanhunter #detective #joker #catwoman #penguin #riddler #batman66 #frankgorshin #burgessmeredith #cesarromero #julienewmar #classic #roguesgallery #villains #comics #talesfromthebatcave
Happy Birthday to the late, great Joe Kubert! When it came to Bat books, Kubert only contributed interiors to Batman #400 and Batman Black and White #1 . However, he crafted some gorgeous Bat covers. These three shown here are issues that I picked up as a kid and still adore. That straitjacketed Batman is just as powerful now as it was to my young self #joekubert #batman #capedcrusader #darkknight #darkknightdetective #maskedmanhunter #brucewayne #comic #comics #comicbooks #dccomics #covers #talesfromthebatcave
Curiouser and curiouser... Batman may be the superhero with the most villains based on characters from Alice in Wonderland. The first was the Mad Hatter, who debuted in Batman #49 (1948) and was created by Bill Finger and Lew Sayre Schwartz. The character was a thorn in the sides of the dynamic duo on the Batman ‘66 TV series. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum debuted in Detective #74 (1943) and were created by Don Cameron, Jerry Robinson, and Bob Kane. Humpty Dumpty was created by Dan Slott and Ryan Sook and first appeared in Arkham Asylum: Living Hell (2003). Dumpty also appeared in the Beware the Batman animated series (which deserves more love). And then we have even more recent additions to the Bat rogues gallery such as the White Rabbit and the Wonderland Gang (which includes Mad Harriet as a member). Batwoman even has her sister and arch enemy who goes by Alice and is obsessed with the Wonderland stories. Why does Batman attract these Wonder-crazed characters? Only by going down the rabbit hole will we ever know. Who is your favorite Wonderland villain? #batman #darkknight #darkknightdetective #capedcrusader #maskedmanhunter #dynamicduo #robin #boywonder #madhatter #tweedledeeandtweedledum #humptydumpty #bewarethebatman #batman66 #dccomics #comic #comics #comicbooks #alandavis #talesfromthebatcave
Happy Birthday, Mike Mignola! He supplied the art for Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, which happens to be the first unofficial Elseworlds tale and one of my favorite childhood books. His covers for Detective Comics #583 and Batman/Judge Dredd: Vendetta in Gotham are some of my favorites and powerfully batty indeed #mikemignola #batman #judgedredd #detective #detectivecomics #gothambygaslight #darkknight #darkknightdetective #maskedmanhunter #capedcrusader #elseworlds #dccomics #comic #comics #comicbooks #bat #bats #brucewayne #talesfromthebatcave
Even though everyday is Batman Day, Happy Batman Day! Here is just a sampling of my favorite childhood Bat-artists. The art by all these artists drips with emotion. Nobody could do facial expressions and anatomy like Jim Aparo. Kelley Jones brought a horror vibe to the Bat world unlike anyone else. And Norm Breyfogle’s Batman has a sleek majesty that was unrivaled. What were some of your favorite Bat-artists growing up? #jimaparo #kelleyjones #normbreyfogle #batman #robin #nightwing #darkknight #darkknightdetective #maskedmanhunter #capedcrusader #dynamicduo #comic #comics #comicbooks #dccomics #batmanday #batmanday2018 #everydayisbatmanday #dickgrayson #timdrake #talesfromthebatcave
The influencer meets the influenced! When Batman creator Bill Finger was writing the first Bat-story, he has said he used the Theodore Tinsley-penned Shadow pulp story “Partners of Peril” as inspiration. Finger also said that “Batman was originally written in the style of the pulps.” Batman #253 (1973) and #259 (1974) were the only times both these heroes were to ever meet. Bat-writer and editor extraordinaire Denny O’Neil wrote both stories while the art was supplied for both by Irv Novick and Dick Giordano. In the first issue, Batman is able to tell his hero that he was his greatest influence. In the second, we get a flashback scene where the Shadow had saved Thomas Wayne and a young Bruce Wayne. I’ve had issue 253 since I was a kid but still need to comic store bin dive for the other. The success of the recent Batman/Shadow teamups might give us hope that these two issues will be available to us all. Only the Shadow knows! #irvnovick #dickgiordano #dennyoneil #batman #shadow #theshadow #brucewayne #lamontcranston #detective #capedcrusader #darkknight #darkknightdetective #bat #bats #maskedmanhunter #comic #comics #comicbooks #dccomics #teamup #noir #talesfromthebatcave
So you think YOU’RE Batman’s biggest fan? Think again! That distinction and honor goes to Bat-Mite, who first appeared in Detective Comics #267 (1959). Created by Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff, this imp from the fifth dimension visits the Caped Crusader in order to nudge him into insane predicaments. He just wants to see his hero in action! Bat-Mite was created in response to the popularity of Superman’s villainous imp, Mister Mxyzptlk. Bat-Mite also appeared in the 1970s cartoon The New Adventures of Batman and looked nothing like his comic counterpart. His recurring tagline was “All I wanna do is help!” Bat-Mite’s appearance in an issue of Legends of the Dark Knight (or mite, as the issue so aptly said on the cover!) and the Batman: Mitefall one-shot were two comics I adored as a kid. Do you like Bat-Mite as much as he likes Batman? You should! #billfinger #sheldonmoldoff #marshallrogers #detective #detectivecomics #batmite #fifthdimension #batman #capedcrusader #darkknight #darkknightdetective #maskedmanhunter #bat #bats #robin #boywonder #dynamicduo #thenewadventuresofbatman #cartoon #animation #comic #comics #comicbooks #dccomics #silverage #silveragecomics #talesfromthebatcave
The first few years of the Justice League of America comic rarely featured the DC big two of Batman and Superman because editors didn’t want the heroes’ popularity to diminish from appearing in books that were not their own. After the Bat-editor changed, this rule also changed a bit as well. Then the Batman 60s show debuted and Batmania spread across the country (and world!) As you can see from these gorgeous covers, this led to Batman being featured quite prominently. This is just another example of the power of the Batman 60s show #mikesekowsky #joegiella #murphyanderson #batman #batman66 #justiceleague #justiceleagueofamerica #jla #darkknight #darkknightdetective #capedcrusader #maskedmanhunter #comic #comics #comicbooks #dccomics #zatanna #team #talesfromthebatcave
Who here among us thinks that Aunt Harriet was created for the Batman 60s TV show? That’s an incorrect assumption, old chums! Aunt Harriet first appeared in Detective Comics #328 in 1964 (two years before the show!) and was created by writer Bill Finger and artist Sheldon Moldoff. After Alfred Pennyworth dies in the comics (long story!), Dick’s maternal aunt comes to stay with the boys and perform butler-like duties. When the TV show came along, Madge Blake was cast as the clueless aunt. The TV series did influence the comics, however. The last name of Cooper and the fact that she was a widow was added in Detective #373 (1968). Recently she appeared, naturally, in the Batman ‘66 comic. What are some of your favorite zany Aunt Harriet moments? #batman #capedcrusader #darkknight #darkknightdetective #maskedmanhunter #detective #bats #bat #robin #boywonder #dynamicduo #brucewayne #dickgrayson #auntharriet #harrietcooper #madgeblake #billfinger #sheldonmoldoff #dccomics #comic #comics #comicbooks #batman66 #adamwest #burtward #talesfromthebatcave
One of the earliest weapons in the Dark Knight’s arsenal is also one that is still ubiquitous in Bat comics and other Bat media: the Batarang (originally spelled Baterang). This weapon is first utilized in 1939’s Detective Comics #31 , which was written by Gardner Fox and drawn by Bob Kane and Sheldon Moldoff. It also happened to be the first appearance of the Batgyro. In 1957’s Detective Comics #244 , we’re introduced in a flashback to Australian circus performer Lee Collins. This is the man who taught Batman the art of boomeranging and also built him his very first Batarang as a gift. The issue was written by Bill Finger, drawn by Sheldon Moldoff, and inked by Charles Paris. We’ve gotten loads of different types of Batarangs in the comics over the years while every cinematic Batman uses this weapon to deter his villains. Do you think this is the Caped Crusader’s most indispensable weapon? #gardnerfox #bobkane #sheldonmoldoff #billfinger #charlesparis #leecollins #batarang #batman #capedcrusader #darkknight #darkknightdetective #maskedmanhunter #batgyro #dccomics #comic #comics #comicbooks #talesfromthebatcave #brucewayne #gothamcity #gotham
As superhero comics’ first sidekick, Dick Grayson a.k.a. Robin, the Boy Wonder is one of the most influential characters in all of comicdom. Debuting in 1940’s Detective Comics #38 , Robin was created by writer Bill Finger and artists Jerry Robinson and Bob Kane. Finger has said Robin was meant to be the Watson to Batman’s Sherlock Holmes. Kane wanted to put a boy in the comic who kids could identify with. Robinson came up with the name and look of Robin and was inspired by the book The Adventures of Robin Hood and it’s illustrator, N. C. Wyeth. If not for Robin’s creation, we would not have gotten such characters as Bucky Barnes, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, Speedy, or even Batgirl. We also would not have gotten such rich sagas as Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s New Teen Titans and Ed Brubaker’s Winter Soldier storyline. More importantly, we wouldn’t have more than one Robin to choose from as our favorite! Who is your favorite sidekick and what’s your favorite sidekick storyline? #georgeperez #robin #boywonder #robintheboywonder #dickgrayson #sidekick #partner #batman #dynamicduo #darkknight #capedcrusader #speedy #buckybarnes #wondergirl #batgirl #wallywest #kidflash #dccomics #marvelcomics #comics #comic #comicbooks #talesfromthebatcave #jerryrobinson #billfinger #bobkane #barbaragordon #wallywest #royharper #donnatroy
Before the Batcave, there was Batman’s Hall of Trophies! Debuting in 1942’s Batman #12 , this trophy room was a place where Bruce and Dick could reminisce over their newly blossoming crime fighting career. Writer Don Cameron and artist Jerry Robinson gave us the precursor to the Batcave, which itself debuted less than two years later in Detective Comics #83 after first debuting as the Bat’s Cave in the 1940s movie serials #jerryrobinson #doncameron #batman #robin #dynamicduo #boywonder #capedcrusader #darkknight #darkknightdetective #maskedmanhunter #halloftrophies #batcave #comic #comics #comicbooks #dccomics #talesfromthebatcave
Before Rocket Raccoon, there was...Roxy Rocket. Unlike Harley Quinn, Roxy Rocket was a villainess who first appeared in the comics and subsequently appeared in animation form. Roxy’s debut comic, however, happened to be one based on the Batman: The Animated Series and written and drawn by the creators of Harley and the show. Writer Paul Dini and artist Bruce Timm introduced Roxy in 1994’s Batman Adventures Annual #1 . Dini and Timm liked her so much that they put her in a New Batman Adventures episode that aired on September 14, 1998. Roxy is a former Hollywood stunt double who is fired for making her stunts too dangerous and so turns to a life of crime to catch some thrills. She also appeared in an episode of Superman: The Animated Series. Dini eventually wrote her within DC continuity with Detective Comics #822 . She has appeared in other comics as well: Batgirl #6 -7 (battling Stephanie Brown’s Batgirl), Batman Black and White, Lil’ Gotham, and most recently in Batman: White Knight. What do my fellow Bat-fanatics think of Roxy Rocket? And what’s your favorite Roxy appearance? #brucetimm #pauldini #roxyrocket #btas #batmantheanimatedseries #batmanadventures #batmanadventuresannual1 #newbatmanadventures #batmananimated #animation #cartoon #villainess #batman #darkknight #darkknightdetective #maskedmanhunter #capedcrusader #talesfromthebatcave
Batman: The Animated Series pounced into our lives on this day in 1992. I vividly remember going to my Grandma’s house after school to watch it and being in awe. They finally fully realized what the comics were like on film. And how awesome was it that they used Man-Bat for the debut episode? What are some of your guys’ favorite episodes? Are you excited for the Blu-ray set next month? #btas #batmantheanimatedseries #batmananimatedseries #kevinconroy #batman #manbat #darkknight #darkknightdetective #capedcrusader #maskedmanhunter #gotham #gothamcity #brucewayne #1992 #punch #pow #talesfromthebatcave
Happy 67th Birthday, Michael Keaton! Although many doubted you could pull off playing the Caped Crusader, you proved them wrong! #michaelkeaton #batman #brucewayne #batman89 #batmanreturns #timburton #keatongivesbeatings #darkknightdetective #darkknight #capedcrusader #maskedmanhunter #warnerbros #movie #film #bat #talesfromthebatcave
Batman was missing in the first two DC Comics card sets of the 1990s for one big reason: the Tim Burton Bat-films. Impel had the rights to the DC characters of the non-Bat family persuasion while Topps had Batman. So while we had two awesome Batman film card sets, it was even more awesome to see my favorite characters and stories given the spotlight when Skybox’s Batman: Saga of the Dark Knight card set was released in 1994. Focusing on Post-Crisis Batman, these cards also heavily leaned toward the Knightfall saga because we were right in the middle of it. We got artistic contributions from such greats as Jim Aparo (who fittingly did the Death in the Family cards), Rick Burchett (who did the Year One cards and succeeded at homaging David Mazzuchelli’s style), Mike Mignola, Matt Wagner, and Brian Stelfreeze. Dave Dorman, known for his Star Wars art, contribute some stellar work as well. The set consisted of 100 cards and included the chance to find five Spectra-Etch cards (1:18 packs) and the Batman SkyDisc (1:240 packs). I even bought a whole box of the cards back then and failed to procure one rarity. The only glaring omission is the failure to add any Norm Breyfogle art, considering he was one of the big Bat-artists of the time (and my favorite!). Who else remembers these little treasures? #skybox #tradingcards #cards #dccomics #batman #darkknight #darkknightdetective #capedcrusader #maskedmanhunter #mikemignola #mattwagner #brianstelfreeze #davedorman #penguin #rasalghul #killercroc #ventriloquist #scarface #joker #nightwing #talesfromthebatcave
Holy Simpsons of Springfield, Batman! Adam West, the Bright Knight of Gotham himself, guest starred on three episodes of The Simpsons while Burt Ward (Boy Wonder!) was on one. West guested on episodes 9 and 14 of season 4, while West and Ward guested together on episode 9 of season 14. In that episode, Bart and Milhouse watch a sixties Batman episode (where Krusty the Klown plays the villain ClownFace and has henchmen names Ho, He, and Ha!) and attempt to copy a merry-go-round stunt performed by the dynamic duo! Here’s a link to a hilarious scene: https://youtu.be/On9eG5xKEec ! Are any of you Bat-fans also Simpsons fans as well?! #simpsons #thesimpsons #batman #robin #capedcrusader #darkknight #darkknightdetective #maskedmanhunter #dynamicduo #boywonder #batman66 #adamwest #burtward #dccomics #bartsimpson #talesfromthebatcave #oldchum #merrygoround #hoheha
The Dark Knight! It’s a nom de plume that has been used to describe our hero for so long that we don’t even stop to think of the first time it appeared. Naturally, that first time was in the Joker’s first appearance in 1940’s Batman #1 . Over the decades it’s been used throughout comics and other media. We’ve gotten the classic comic Dark Knight Returns from Frank Miller, Klaus Janson, and Lynn Varley. The third ongoing book featuring Batman was called Legends of the Dark Knight. We got ANOTHER comic that was simply The Dark Knight. And we’ve gotten Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. He’s been called many things besides the Dark Knight, however. From caped crusader, world’s greatest detective, masked manhunter to simply Bats, which is your favorite Bat-nickname? #billfinger #bobkane #dccomics #darkknight #darkknightdetective #capedcrusader #bats #bat #worldsgreatestdetective #maskedmanhunter #comic #comics #comicbooks #talesfromthebatcave #joker
A penny for my thoughts you ask? Well, why does Batman have a giant penny in his Batcave? The reason unfolds in the story of “The Penny Plunderers” from 1947’s World’s Finest #30 . It was written by Batman creator Bill Finger with art by Bob Kane and Ray Burnley. The tale is a doozy and it’s not even the Silver Age yet! A crook named Joe Coyne (get it?) blames all his troubles on coincidences involving pennies. For example, he only made pennies on his paper route as a kid and he gets arrested for robbing a cash register that only had...pennies. While robbing a rare one-cent stamp at a stamp exhibition, a giant penny that is also present comes between him and the dynamic duo. Now, that penny is a required piece of Batcave decor #billfinger #bobkane #rayburnley #batman #robin #boywonder #capedcrusader #darkknight #darkknightdetective #dynamicduo #goldenage #goldenagecomics #giantpenny #penny #joecoyne #pennyplunderer #dccomics #comic #comics #comicbooks #comicbook #trophy #trophyroom #batcave #talesfromthebatcave
Before the Legion of Doom, there was...the Super Foes! Two years prior to the Legion first appearing in 1978’s first episode of Challenge of the Super Friends (which was the third Super Friends series), the Super Foes made their grand entrance in the first issue of the Super Friends comic book in 1976. The lineup features Bat-foes Penguin and Poison Ivy as well as Cheetah, Toyman, and the Human Flying Fish(!). They even had protégés that, despite sounding ridiculous, fit their M.O.s: Chick, Honeysuckle, Kitten, Toyboy, and Sardine. E. Nelson Bridwell was the writer of the issue and the art was supplied by penciller Ric Estrada and inkers Joe Orlando and Vince Colletta. If the cartoon could have Wendy and Marvin assisting the Super Friends, these villainous minions should have been given a chance as well! #superfoes #justiceleague #superfriends #penguin #poisonivy #batman #capedcrusader #cheetah #toyman #humanflyingfish #legionofdoom #chick #honeysuckle #kitten #toyboy #sardine #dccomics #cartoon #comic #comics #comicbooks #villain #villains #badguys #talesfromthebatcave #dctv #saturdaymorning #saturdaymorningcartoons
Batman! The Incredible Hulk! Joker! Shaper of Worlds! All came together in 1981 for the third crossover between DC and Marvel Comics. Titled “The Monster and the Madman”, this stunningly gorgeous tabloid-size spectacular was gorgeously drawn by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, inked by Dick Giordano, and written by Len Wein. The first two crossovers between the companies both featured Superman and Spider-Man. Even though the story by Wein is pure inventive fun, it’s Garcia-Lopez’s art that makes it a must-read for every comic reader. The facial expressions and anatomy are so expressive that they appear to leap off the page. Just look at that first page in this post. His Joker may be the best Joker and is just one example why DC made a style guide for other artists to work off his designs. DC and Marvel need to come together (it can happen!) and release all their original crossovers in the Absolute Edition that is befitting work like this #batman #hulk #capedcrusader #darkknight #darkknightdetective #incrediblehulk #brucebanner #brucewayne #joker #shaperofworlds #dccomics #dc #marvel #marvelcomics #joseluisgarcialopez #dickgiordano #lenwein #comic #comics #comicbooks #themonsterandthemadman #talesfromthebatcave #gotham #gothamcity #harlequinofhate
Today is the 101st anniversary of Jack “the King” Kirby’s birth. Although he didn’t contribute much to the Batman mythos (aside from the Super Powers miniseries in the 1980s), here is the wraparound cover that Kirby did for the 100th issue of The Comics Reader in 1973. And even though he wasn’t a Batman artist, I HIGHLY recommend you read his Fourth World stuff. It is creative to the nth degree and gorgeous to the eyes. What are some of your favorite Kirby works? #jackkirby #jackkirby #kirby #jackthekingkirby #theking #comic #comics #comicbooks #dccomics #batman #superman #captainmarvel #shazam #captainamerica #comicsreader #cover #wraparoundcover #talesfromthebatcave
This is cool! #Repost @talesfromthebatcave (@get_repost ) ・・・ Everyone knows Bruce and Clark are the world’s finest duo. But when did they properly meet in the comics? They first met on a comic cover with New York World’s Fair Comics that was released at the (obviously) 1940 New York World’s Fair. Robin was there as he would be when the three of them would have regular adventures in the World’s Finest series. This cover was another first as well: it was the first time that two separate comic characters who had their own separate worlds appeared together at all. The first time Batman and Superman actually teamed up inside a comic was 1952’s Superman #76 . In the issue, the duo also discover each other’s secret identities while sailing on a luxury cruise ship! It’s surprising it took so long to bring these two together. But, from here, we get the beginning of a relationship that gave us some great super play dates. Which World’s Finest issues are your favorites? Or which super team ups with these two in general do you love? #batman #robin #capedcrusader #darkknight #darkknightdetective #boywonder #brucewayne #dickgrayson #superman #manofsteel #clarkkent #worldsfinest #worldsfinestcomics #newyorkworldsfair #dynamicduo #comic #comics #comicbooks #dccomics #talesfromthebatcave
Everyone knows Bruce and Clark are the world’s finest duo. But when did they properly meet in the comics? They first met on a comic cover with New York World’s Fair Comics that was released at the (obviously) 1940 New York World’s Fair. Robin was there as he would be when the three of them would have regular adventures in the World’s Finest series. This cover was another first as well: it was the first time that two separate comic characters who had their own separate worlds appeared together at all. The first time Batman and Superman actually teamed up inside a comic was 1952’s Superman #76 . In the issue, the duo also discover each other’s secret identities while sailing on a luxury cruise ship! It’s surprising it took so long to bring these two together. But, from here, we get the beginning of a relationship that gave us some great super play dates. Which World’s Finest issues are your favorites? Or which super team ups with these two in general do you love? #batman #robin #capedcrusader #darkknight #darkknightdetective #boywonder #brucewayne #dickgrayson #superman #manofsteel #clarkkent #worldsfinest #worldsfinestcomics #newyorkworldsfair #dynamicduo #comic #comics #comicbooks #dccomics #talesfromthebatcave
Here’s the story of one obvious homage and one not so obvious to director Tim Burton. The obvious one is from Batman Forever, where actor Rene Auberjonois portrayed the wacky-haired Arkham Asylum Dr. Burton. At the end of the film, Burton informs Chase Meridian that Edward Nygma knows Batman’s secret identity. There’s also a deleted scene from the beginning of the movie where Dr. Burton discovers that Two-Face has escaped from his Arkham cell and written “The Bat Must Die” on the wall with the blood of a hanged guard. As an aside, Auberjonois also voiced Dr. March in the Batman: The Animated Series episode On Leather Wings. The not quite so obvious homage to Tim Burton would be that the Robin Tim Drake was partially named after him. However, it makes sense when you consider the immense success of the ‘89 Batman film #robin #boywonder #timdrake #batman #batmanforever #capedcrusader #darkknight #darkknightdetective #doctorburton #drburton #reneauberjonois #dccomics #comic #comics #comicbooks #timburton #warnerbros #talesfromthebatcave
One of the many cornucopia of great elements in the 1989 Batman film was its Danny Elfman score. Elfman, however, had issues with the audio mixing that was done by English techs who he said had shown no care with his score. It sounds pretty great to me though! Plus, he won (rightfully!) his first and only Grammy award for Best Instrumental Composition for the Batman title theme. Elfman, before the release of Justice League, was asked by Spanish website Reporte Indigo if he was going to use the Hans Zimmer Batman theme for Batman v Superman. He scoffed, implying that his theme is the best and said that you’ll hear his 1989 theme when you see Bats on screen and that “Batman has only had one theme”. I don’t na na na na na na na na na know about that. What do you think, winged freaks? #batman #batman89 #batman1989 #dannyelfman #batmantheme #moviescore #capedcrusader #darkknight #darkknightdetective #justiceleague #batwing #michaelkeaton #brucewayne #warnerbros #film #gotham #gothamcity #talesfromthebatcave
Artist Russ Heath, who is known for his war stories at DC Comics among many other works, has passed away. I know him from the four part Legends of the Dark Knight story “Heat” that was written by the great Doug Moench back in 1993. Which of Heath’s works would you recommend delving into? #russheath #batman #legendsofthedarkknight #darkknight #darkknightdetective #cat #bat #catwoman #capedcrusader #dccomics #comic #comics #comicbooks #talesfromthebatcave
Happy birthday to the late, great Jim Aparo! He’s rightly considered one of the definitive Batman artists and was one of my favorites ever since I started reading comics way back when. The Joker story from Batman #450 -451 (which the first above panel is from) was just one story with his art that I reread tons of times growing up. My Death in the Family trade I got when I was 8 is lovingly used up. His art never decreased in quality and stayed gorgeous until his last comic. His Knightfall work is just as good as his Brave and the Bold and Batman and the Outsiders. What are some of your favorite Jim Aparo works of art? #jimaparo #batman #darkknight #darkknightdetective #capedcrusader #joker #clownprinceofcrime #clownprince #dccomics #comic #comics #comicbooks #talesfromthebatcave #legend
Before the name Vicki Vale was a mantra in Prince’s Batdance song, the famous Gotham City reporter debuted in 1948’s Batman #49 in a story titled “Scoop of the Century!” The issue was written by Bill Finger, drawn by Bob Kane, and inked by Lew Schwartz. Her early stories usually revolve around her thinking she’s deduced that Bruce Wayne and Batman are one and the same. In the 1989 Bat-movie, however, she didn’t have to think over that mystery one bit. Alfred just let her waltz into the Batcave. Vicki made numerous appearances in the comics up until Detective Comics #320 in 1963. It was then that, you guessed it, she became one of the characters axed from the Bat books by editor Julie Schwartz. She’s been in comics and other media since that time but hasn’t been seen since the New 52 weekly series Batman Eternal. Here’s a piece of Batman: The Animated Series trivia for you: another red headed reporter takes Vicki’s place in the guise of Gotham Live reporter Summer Gleason. Do you think Vicki needs to make an appearance in today’s comics? Where does she rank among Bruce’s love interests? #vickivale #batman #capedcrusader #brucewayne #darkknight #darkknightdetective #kimbasinger #billfinger #dccomics #comic #comics #comicbooks #talesfromthebatcave #gothamcity #batcave
Today’s Detective Comics 987 won’t be the last we see of writer Bryan Hill or the characters in his short Detective run. It was announced today in a Washington Post interview with Hill that he’ll be writing a Batman and the Outsiders miniseries starring Black Lightning, Orphan, Signal, and Katana. The first issue of the Outsiders is slated for release this December and will be illustrated by Dexter Soy. Here’s the cover to issue one by Tyler Kirkham. Are you Bat-chums excited for this classic team to band together once again? #tylerkirkham #batman #outsiders #batmanandtheoutsiders #katana #blacklightning #signal #orphan #darkknight #darkknightdetective #capedcrusader #dccomics #comic #comics #comicbooks #talesfromthebatcave
Even a Catwoman needs a car. Detective Comics 122 (1947) introduced us to Selina Kyle’s Kitty Car. Joker got his Jokermobile (and Joker signal!) a year before. In the final season of the 1960s Batman TV show, Eartha Kitt’s Catwoman drove the Catmobile. Car designer Gene Winfield, who designed cars for moves and TV shows such as Blade Runner and Star Trek, designed the outrageously campy car. Which cat car do you think is deserving of the cat thief extraordinaire? #catwoman #selinakyle #batman #capedcrusader #darkknight #darkknightdetective #detective #detectivecomics #cesarromero #earthakitt #batman66 #comic #comics #comicbooks #talesfromthebatcave
Yvonne Craig, who debuted in season three of the ‘60s Batman TV series, starred in an unaired 7-minute “pilot” that featured the origin of Batgirl. It was meant to introduce the television audience to Babs Gordon but was only ever showed to ABC executives. In it, she rescues Batman and Robin from the clutches of Killer Moth played by Tim Herbert, who also happens to be the first villain she defeats in the comics. We also get a look at a mask that thankfully was different from the series. The clip can be found on the Batman 66 Blu-ray collection. It would have been pretty awesome if the Batman series continued after 1968 AND we got a Batgirl spinoff. If only.... #batgirl #yvonnecraig #timherbert #adamwest #burtward #batman #batman66 #killermoth #raygun #capedcrusader #dynamicduo #robin #boywonder #dccomics #tv #show #talesfromthebatcave
Screenwriter John August (screenwriter of both Charlie’s Angels movies, Big Fish, and Frankenweenie) tweeted today with the hashtag #shareyourrejections about how he wrote a pitch back in 1998 for a Catwoman movie based on the Selina Kyle from Batman Returns. August had yet to release the film Go which put him in Hollywood’s crosshairs. In the excerpts of his pitch that he tweeted, we find out Selina is upset with lower-tier baddies getting so much attention in Gotham City. On Halloween night, one of those baddies (a new villain weirdly named Knightfall) blows up a building while she’s out being a cat thief and knocks her out a window like in Batman Returns. The fall causes her to lose her Catwoman “powers”. In the script, August would introduce us to Selina’s family and also have Bruce Wayne involved in her life. August also says Warners, sacrilegiously, wanted Sarah Michelle Gellar to take over the role of Selina. Do you think this pitch would have made a solid movie? If it was made back then, only Michelle Pfeiffer should have worn the suit #catwoman #johnaugust #selinakyle #batman #darkknight #darkknightdetective #warnerbros #dccomics #movie #pitch #capedcrusader #talesfromthebatcave #cat
Some may roll their eyes at such Silver Age goodness as issue 241 of Detective Comics. I, however, love fun and consider this a classic Bat-story written by Edmond Hamilton and drawn by the great Sheldon Moldoff. The imagery from this issue has been immortalized in an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold and a pretty recent set of amazing toys (which I own!). In the 1957 comic, Batman must use multiple Batsuits to distract Gothamites from Robin’s injured arm. Eagle eyes could deduce Robin’s identity by thinking, “Hey, didn’t Dick Grayson hurt that same arm saving a fellow citizen?” Do you Bat-followers love this iconic issue and it’s imagery? Or do you prefer another Bat-suit such as the Zebra Batman costume? #batman #brucewayne #robin #dickgrayson #boywonder #dynamicduo #capedcrusader #darkknight #darkknightdetective #detective #detectivecomics #dccomics #comic #comics #comicbooks #silverage #silveragecomics #rainbowbatman #talesfromthebatcave
2019 is almost here. #Repost @talesfromthebatcave ・・・ Next year is a big one, folks! DC released this snazzy logo today that will adorn all things Bat-related in 2019. It’s only natural that they would go back to where it all began with this image. What do you guys think of the Bat-logo? #batman #capedcrusader #darkknight #darkknightdetective #brucewayne #gothamcity #dccomics #warnerbros #comic #comics #comicbooks #talesfromthebatcave #batstuff #1939 #bobkane
Happy 85th birthday to the greatest Catwoman! Julie Newmar was stunning in the Batman ‘66 show and deserves praise for performances that had subtlety and depth as well as cat-like playfulness. Is Miss Newmar your favorite Catwoman? And if not, that’s purrfectly unacceptable! #julienewmar #catwoman #batman66 #batman #capedcrusader #dccomics #darkknight #darkknightdetective #bestcatwoman #talesfromthebatcave #cat #purrfect
Surprisingly, Batman Returns was the first Batman movie to be promoted at McDonald’s and not Batman ‘89. But, after the huge success of the first film, McDonald’s jumped at the chance to ride the Batmania bandwagon. What they and parents didn’t know, however, is that Batman Returns ended up being far from a kid-friendly film. Some parents (not cool ones like mine who had no qualms over me seeing and obsessing over this movie at age 11!) were outraged and pushed the toys to be pulled. McDonald’s said, laughably, that the toys weren’t meant to promote the film but to celebrate Batman himself. The toys offered were the Batmobile, Batman’s Press and Go Car, Catwoman’s Cat Coupe, and the Penguin Umbrella Roto-Roadster. Sadly, I don’t remember if I ever had these toys (which I want now!) but I do remember having the cups. The Taco Bell cups were cool too! Sadly, the kerfuffle over the McBatToys and the lower gross of Batman Returns might have soured Warner Bros’ faith in Tim Burton. But, the next two Bat-films were Happy Meal-friendly! Did any of you have these wonderful toys or have them still? #batman #batmanreturns #happymeal #mcdonalds #happymealtoys #cup #batmania #1992 #warnerbros #dccomics #catwoman #penguin #gothamcity #batsymbol #darkknight #darkknightdetective #talesfromthebatcave
Happy Birthday, Batfleck! Although Michael Keaton will always be my favorite movie Batman, Ben Affleck fit the role perfectly for a late-in-his-career Bruce Wayne. He had the look, the voice, and the suit. What did you guys think of Batfleck as Bruce and Bats? #benaffleck #batfleck #batman #brucewayne #batmanvsuperman #dawnofjustice #justiceleague #warnerbros #dccomics #batsignal #gothamcity #talesfromthebatcave
Next year is a big one, folks! DC released this snazzy logo today that will adorn all things Bat-related in 2019. It’s only natural that they would go back to where it all began with this image. What do you guys think of the Bat-logo? #batman #capedcrusader #darkknight #darkknightdetective #brucewayne #gothamcity #dccomics #warnerbros #comic #comics #comicbooks #talesfromthebatcave
Holy game night, Batman! One of the licensed products to be released during the first season of Batman in 1966 was, naturally, a board game. Released by Milton Bradley, the game allows 2-4 players and the object is to capture such Bat-villains as the Joker and the Riddler. You must land on a square that contains part of the Batmobile in order to capture one of the six villains. The person who captures the six villains wins! Those six villains are Mr. Zero (pre-Mister Freeze), the Calendar Man (who looks nothing like the Calendar Man I know), Penguin, Joker, the Riddler, and Blockbuster. Because it’s one of the first board games based on Bats, it’s considered a prized possession! Has anyone here defeated these dastardly villains through this vintage game? #batman #batmangame #miltonbradley #boardgames #boardgame #game #gamenight #batman66 #robin #joker #penguin #riddler #calendarman #blockbuster #mrzero #dccomics #talesfromthebatcave #batmania #keytofunandlearning
Before the 24 hour comic book news cycle. Before the internet. There were house ads that actually built excitement for upcoming events in our heroes’ lives that we didn’t know were coming. And some of those events hit us hard. Knightfall and the subsequent Knightquest and Knightsend definitely shocked and excited my young 12 year old mind as Batman’s biggest trials were just beginning. I can vividly remember the buildup to the breaking of the Bat and can recall reading each weekly chapter in this ongoing saga. Who else can recall the excitement that came while reading this classic ‘90s tale? #batman #brucewayne #robin #darkknight #darkknightdetective #bane #knightfall #knightquest #knightsend #brokenbat #dccomics #ad #ads #comicbookads #comic #comics #comicbooks #talesfromthebatcave #azrael #azbats #jeanpaulvalley
Before there was Kate Kane a.k.a. Batwoman there was Kathy Kane a.k.a. Batwoman. The first Batwoman appeared in 1956’s Detective Comics #233 and was created by Edmond Hamilton and Sheldon Moldoff. The Bat-editor at the time, Jack Schiff, wanted to grow the Bat-family and make it as full as the Superman family was becoming. We not only got Batwoman, but characters such as Batgirl (who also has two iterations), Bat-Mite, and Ace the Bat-Hound. Batwoman was also utilized as a way to show the dynamic duo weren’t a romantic item, which was stated in the despicable anti-comic book screed Seduction of the Innocent from the ‘50s. 1964 came, Julius Schwartz became Bat-editor, and Batwoman and company were erased from the Bat-books. Years later, Kathy appeared in 1979’s Batman Family #10 and assisted Babs Gordon’s Batgirl to help defeat Killer Moth and Cavalier. But, that same year, she was killed off by the League of Assassins in Detective #485 . Grant Morrison, in his classic run, brought her back to great effect and gave her an amazing origin in 2011’s Batman Incorporated #11 (which I won’t spoil here!). Will Kathy ever return? Should she? You tell me, Bat-fanatics! #batwoman #kathykane #batman #robin #dynamicduo #darkknight #darkknightdetective #detective #detectivecomics #sheldonmoldoff #edmundhamilton #dccomics #comic #comics #comicbooks #talesfromthebatcave #silverage #silveragecomics
Happy Birthday, Jim Lee! His best work, in my opinion, is Hush and the covers for The Dark Knight III: The Master Race. What do you Bat-fans think? #jimlee #artist #batman #darkknight #darkknightdetective #capedcrusader #robin #carriekelley #darkknight3 #dk3themasterrace #dynamicduo #talesfromthebatcave #pencils
Batman on Broadway? It could have happened and the planning was just beginning back in 1998. That year, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures hired Jim Steinman to compose the songs and David Ives to write the book for the musical. Tim Burton was allegedly asked to direct, yet the Bat-director has denied any knowledge of that ever happening. Steinman is known for producing the melodramatic Bat Out of Hell albums by Meatloaf. The lyrics for Batman: The Musical (which was the working title) can be read on the fan page for the deceased show called Dark Knight of the Soul. Judging by the lyrics, it might be a good thing this musical was never made. Here’s a sampling: “Where's Mommy? Daddy? Where'd they go? They've left us here alone And with all the arts we've mastered And all the things we've known Who's going to take us home?” The final nail in the coffin for this Batman’s debut on the Great White Way probably came when Steinman’s adaptation of the Roman Polanski movie The Fearless Vampire Killers (titled Dance of the Vampires for the stage) closed after only 56 performances on Broadway. What do you guys think? Is Batman ripe for the stage? Or should he stick to non-musical shenanigans? #batman #robin #broadway #musical #dccomics #warnerbros #darkknight #darkknightdetective #capedcrusader #dynamicduo #talesfromthebatcave
Holy shark-infested waters, Batman! Or should we say alien-infested waters?! The Batman 66 film was not the first time the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder utilized the Shark Repellent Bat Spray! Eight years earlier, in 1958’s Batman #117 , writer Arnold Drake and artist Sheldon Moldoff had the dynamic duo fend off a purple alien beast beneath the waters of an alien world with the handy spray! As Batman says, it was definitely his most wildest and dangerous manhunt ever! #sheldonmoldoff #batman #robin #boywonder #capedcrusader #darkknightdetective #darkknight #batman66 #sharkrepellent #sharkrepellentbatspray #alien #comic #comics #comicbooks #dccomics #talesfromthebatcave
Meow! 🐈 In honor of International Cat Day, I recommend reading one of my favorite issues of all time featuring my favorite villainess/anti-heroine: 1983’s Brave and the Bold #197 . “The Autobiography of Bruce Wayne” recounts the life of Earth 2’s Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle and how they decided to help heal each other, love each other, and marry each other. It’s a moving story and one that I’ve reread at least once a year since I was 8 years old. I discovered it in the first volume of the Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told, which wasn’t lying with that title. Written by Alan Brennert and with art by Joe Staton (with inks by George Freeman and colors by Adrienne Roy), this is one story every Bat-fan should read. It should melt the hearts of even the superstitious and cowardly. Who else has read this classic? #joestaton #braveandthebold #batman #darkknight #darkknightdetective #capedcrusader #earth2 #catwoman #selinakyle #internationalcatday #dccomics #comic #comics #comicbooks #talesfromthebatcave #cat
I’m a sucker for blueprints, especially when it comes to Bat-gadget/vehicle blueprints. This week’s Detective #986 variant comes courtesy of Mark Brooks. I love the nod to Batman ‘89! The issue itself is more setup for an Outsiders team, with the introduction of an obvious and integral member that’s sure to excite fans of the original iteration of the team. What did you guys think of this week’s Detective? #markbrooks #batmobile #detective #detectivecomics #batman #capedcrusader #darkknight #darkknightdetective #blueprint #dccomics #comic #comics #comicbooks #wonderfultoys #talesfromthebatcave
Two-Face must have been a very popular guy since he had three (not two?!) imposters after his debut! The first one, Wilkins, was Harvey Dent’s butler and appeared in 1948’s Batman #50 . After Harvey’s face is patched up, Wilkins decides to use makeup in order to impersonate a re-disfigured Two-Face and go on a raging crime spree! The second imposter appears in 1951’s Batman #68 . Paul Sloane becomes disfigured on the set of a film where he’s playing the role of Two-Face. The third imposter, George Blake, makes his appearance in Detective Comics #187 . Blake is a petty criminal who slips up and wears his Two-Face makeup on the opposite side of where it’s supposed to be. Batman eventually realizes it can’t be Harvey committing these crimes and ends the fledgling imposter crime career. One has to wonder why Harvey emboldened these copycat evildoers 🤔 #batman #capedcrusader #darkknight #darkknightdetective #dynamicduo #robin #boywonder #twoface #harveydent #rogue #dccomics #comic #comics #comicbooks #talesfromthebatcave
1942’s Detective #66 was the first appearance of Harvey “Apollo” Kent a.k.a....Two-Face? Yep, Two-Face. His last name changed to Dent after it was thought people could mistake him for a Superman relation. And that nickname Apollo was given to him for his debonair and dashing good looks. Two-Face only appeared three times in the 1940s and twice in the 1950s (which doesn’t include his imposters, whose stories can take up a post itself!). He then appeared in World’s Finest Comics 173 in 1968. It wasn’t until Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams updated the character in 1971 that he became a more essential part of the Bat-mythos. One of my favorite Two-Face stories/origins was in 1990’s Batman Annual #14 , which was written by Andrew Helfer and drawn by Chris Sprouse and Steve Mitchell. The tragic backstory, haunting Sprouse visuals, and mature storytelling made it a story that gained more depth as I got older and continues to move me to this day. What’s your favorite Two-Face story, my Bat-tastic friends? #chrissprouse #nealadams #twoface #harveydent #batman #capedcrusader #darkknight #darkknightdetective #batvillain #foe #dccomics #comic #comics #comicbooks #talesfromthebatcave
Actress Ruby Rose, who made her big break on Orange is the New Black, will be playing Batwoman on the CW. Kate Kane will be making her big debut in this year’s crossover between Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. If the CW decides to give her a show, we should expect to see Batwoman soaring over Gotham (?) in the 2019-2020 season. Greg Berlanti and Geoff Johns would be some of the people involved in the new show. What do you Bat-acolytes think? I love this character and she is definitely deserving of her own show. Now we just need a proper Batman show 🦇 #batwoman #katekane #rubyrose #thecw #cw #dccomics #tv #television #batman #talesfromthebatcave #cwtv
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