Okay, let's take a Superham break and look at the Batgirl story from Detective Comics #482. The year was 1979, and believe it or don't, you could get sixty-eight pages for one dollar on some titles. Yup.
Not that they were sixty-eight pages of top-notch storytelling. Hey, it was less than two cents a page, so you weren't complaining back then.
Anyway, I bought this off the wire rack at a convenience store and the Batman, Batgirl and Robin stories were all continued from the previous issue. But this looked like your standard, "The Protagonist Travels Someplace in His/Her Civilian Identity and Even Though They Have to Put on the Costume, No One Puts Two and Two Together" plots. Thusly:
Now, this struck me as funny, because here is the basis for this accusation:
They found Batgirl's costume. Of course, there is a redheaded American standing right there, but I guess Wo Fong thought that was a bit too obvious. Silly Wo Fong.... never assume anything is too obvious in comics. It will only end in frustrated tears.
So, Wo Fong wants to learn about how to create American super-heroes. Now, one would think that Wo Fong would want to know how to create a Superman or a Metamorpho or something similarly badass.
And one would be wrong.
Can you believe it? He wants to know how to create another Batgirl? Not to slam on Babs, but she's not exactly the varsity squad of the super-hero community. Unless you know you're going to be able to ask questions all day and all night, you might want to see if you can get the goods on someone a little higher up the evolutionary ladder. Like Zeep, the Human Sponge.
And, as you can see, Batgirl appears and no one figures out that it's Barbara.
This is the kind of thing we overlooked when comics were cheap.
Besides, that issue began with Batman fighting a gorilla:
See you Monday!