The Death of Batman

July 1, 2017

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R.I.P William West Anderson   19/09/1928 – 09/06/2017

Nuff Said 66

May 1, 2017

I’ve just had to check the date. Is it May 1st or is it still April 1st? It’s bad enough that the once-mighty Adam Strange has recently been teamed with Johnny Quest and gang. But a team-up between Batman and Top Cat (?!?) is just too much. It’s not Brave and it’s not Bold. It’s not big and it’s not clever. It’s just silly.

Batman paperbacks

September 1, 2016

Batman Front

Before the advent of the TV series, Batman books were few and far between. The Atlas annuals weren’t very easy to locate. Once Batmania took hold Batmerchandise was everywhere. The first Batman paperbacks I saw were these from 1966 which featured a handful of fun late 1940s/early 1950s stories at one or two panels per page.

Batman Back

Joker Front

There was another New English Library/4 square Batman paperback at the time featuring The Penguin along with a novel entitled “The three villains of Doom”.

Joker Back

These English paperbacks had front covers that were slightly different to the American versions upon which they were based.

Signet Joker

Dinasaur?

August 1, 2015

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How do you spell Dinosaur? Yes, I thought so. Back in 1958 DC comics evidently didn’t proofread the covers.

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But they got it right inside on the splash page.

Detective

When Atlas produced their second Batman Annual at least they got the cover spelling of “dinosaur” right. But then they go and change the word “death” into “mystery”. When DC comics got round to re-printing this same story (in Batman Annual 6) they too corrected the spelling and this time changed the title to “Doom in Dinosaur Hall”. Evidentally “Death” was no longer allowed.

Mystery of Dinosaur Hall

It’s interesting to note that the first DC comics Batman Annual came out in the summer of 1961. Our first (1960) Atlas Batman Annual would have appeared in the autumn of 1959 beating them by more than 18 months. Of course Atlas had already been producing Superman Annuals for years.

Batman Annual 1960-1961 Atlas UK

Batman Annual 1960-1961 Atlas UK

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November 1, 2014

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Coming round again

February 1, 2014

It’s well over two years since DC comics re-launched most of their titles. So, it was inevitable that Detective Comics No 27 would come round again. Of course, the May 1939 Detective Comics No 27 is famous for featuring the first appearance of Batman. Now, a mere 75 years later the character has entered folklore and appears in more monthly titles than you can shake a stick at.

Detective 27

It’s probably time to shake a stick at Marvel Comics too. This month a number of their titles have re-booted back to number ones. I can’t get too excited. It’s not like it’s the first time. Flicking through a few of the new issues they look as unreadable as ever. I will pick up the new She-Hulk No 1, but the current creators have some very big boots to fill……

Batman Postcard

December 16, 2010

Due to my habit of slipping newspaper cuttings etc inside books I do tend to stumble upon some odd things. This tatty Postcard dropped out of a NEL Batman paperback (which was probably the first place I ever saw a few of Batman’s Golden Age adventures in black and white one panel per page !).

The drawing pin hole evidentally signifies that this card was pinned upon my bedroom wall in 1966 !! Interestingly the reverse states that it was printed by Gerald G. Swan. He was of course famous in the late 1940s/1950s for pulp magazines and some extremely odd UK comics. Although I have a Wells Fargo book of his dated 1964 I am surprised his company was still in business as late as 1966 (although checking the Interweb I see he would only have been 64 years young then).