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The Saturday Comics: Gotham City Uncensored

26 Feb

February 26, 2014

Saturday Comics on a Wednesday?  Why not? After all, new comics don’t come out on Saturday either.

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The Brave and the Bold 197 (1983), written by Alan Brennert, is one of my favorite Batman comics. With all of the changes in DC continuity over the last few years (OK, decades) this story is way, way out of continuity, but at one time it filled in an important part of DCU history. This is a tale of the Earth 2 Batman. Earth 2 was once the home of the Justice Society, as well as older versions of Batman and Superman. This was also the exclusive home of Huntress and Power Girl. This story tells of an older Batman, nearing retirement, and how he fell in love with and married Selina Kyle, Catwoman. The story is so good it was even reprinted in a volume of the Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told. Regardless of whether or not it fits into the current New 52 era, this issue is great reading and worth if for the Joe Staton art. For some reason it has been going up in value. You can’t find an issue on eBay for less than $10. But if you are a comics or Batman fan, this issue is worth it.

If you prefer, for just a little more, you can get the hardcover collection that contains this story and a few more, but be warned, you’ll be missing out, since there is a very slight (but interesting) change to the artwork.

Joe Staton inserted a joke into the splash page. He never expected it to get printed. He fully expected the editor to catch it, have a laugh, and take it out. But it somehow made it into print.

This scan is from my own copy.

This scan is from my own copy.

See it? Staton put in a pedophile joke, right there on the shoebox.

I don’t see how the editor missed it. I’ve had this issue for years and I spotted it long ago. But I never knew the story behind it before and luckily, Comic Book Resources already got to the bottom of it. Via CBR, here is the explanation from Joe Staton himself:

Actually I think the label was more “PED-ophile”.  Commission Gordon was holding a shoe box and at the time I thought is was funny that you might see “pedophile”  as meaning “foot lover,” not a good pun, but not such a bad name for a shoe company.

Anyway, I put it in, but back then, DC had a pretty tight editorial process so stupid jokes and personal bits were normally caught and properly disposed of.  Unfortunately, not in this case.  My stupid joke was actually inked and even printed.  Most people seemed not have even noticed it, but it looked tacky.

Later when editor Mark Waid told me that the story was going to be in a collection, I asked him to erase the label and he was happy to do so.  It was my stupid joke and I’m very grateful to Mark for letting me set it right, especially since this was one of my best jobs, on one of the very best scripts that ever came to me, with one of the very best inking jobs I ever got.

Thanks for letting me clear that up.

Mystery solved!

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“S” is for Superman!

12 Feb

February 12, 2014

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While I was researching yesterday’s blog, in which I pointed out that Sesame Street used to be indefensibly filthy, I stumbled across some rarely seen Filmation cartoons, made especially for Sesame Street, in which Superman teaches the alphabet and Batman and Robin teach safe street crossing.

Here’s a typical day’s work for Superman, saving shipwrecked sailors on storm-savaged seas, and salvaging a stellar ship from space. (See? I took my “s” lesson seriously.)

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Next, Batman and Robin teach abstract concepts while Batman shows off some trick batarang work.

Lastly, here’s the Dynamic Duo again, this time almost letting the Joker get away because of their stiff adherence to “cross at the green, not in between.”

They call Batman a vigilante? The guy won’t even jaywalk!

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The Saturday Comics: Darkseid Likes To Sit Down

8 Feb

February 8, 2014

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Darkseid is DC’s biggest baddie. At least he was until the New 52. It seems like anything goes around the DC Universe now. Is Darkseid a little girl now? Does he even still exist? Maybe G’Nort is the big bad guy of the DCU.

Anyway, for a guy who rules a whole planet and shoots killer beams out of his eyes, Darkseid sure seems lazy. Take a look at all these images of Darkseid lazing around in a comfy chair or spread out on a soft sofa. This the guy who enslaved the Legion of Super Heroes? Seriously?

Click on the thumbnails to enlarge.

And while were making fun of him, here’s Darkseid about to get his ass kicked by a couple of guys from Subway.

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And lastly, here’s Darkseid working part time at McDonald’s.

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