We haven't checked in on Batman over in Detective Comics for a while, have we? Let's see what's going on in the world of the intellectual chess match that is detective work:
Oh, yeah. We were in that era, weren't we?
Well, believe it or don't, this is the last issue before the "new" Batman days began. But before we bid adieu to the "weird Batman" days, let us taste that bittersweet fruit one last time:
They sure made it easy, didn't they?
Here's a little "it ain't cheatin' if the referee doesn't see it" moment from the J'Onn J'Onzz story from that very same issue.
Of course, this guy has powers very similar to Cyclops, including the need for special glasses to keep him from accidentally blasting things. So, being the ace journalist that I am, I took a look to see which came first.
The winner: Cyclops. He was, of course, introduced in X-Men #1, which had a publishing date of September, 1963, a good six months before this ish of Detective came out. I don't know how far ahead folks put together comics back in the day, so it's entirely possible that this story was either deep in the process or even in the can by the time Cyclops came about. Still, it's interesting that such similar afflictions showed up within months of one another.
Of course, Cyclops is still going strong while this guy was never heard from again as near as I can tell, so there's no doubt as to who wore the powers better. And let's face it: Comics, like movies and television, borrow and recycle ideas all the time. It's not about originality, it's about how entertaining the end result is.
See you tomorrow!