Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Batman's Experiment Involving Adult Criminals and Children

Again, not to blog about blogging, but I've noticed that I find more material in the bigger-named books of yore than their less-known and less-successful competitors.  For example, I read some Golden Age Ray stories and got nothin'.  But then, I get my mitts on a reprint of Batman #1, and it's an embarrassment of riches.

Let's start with a little detail:

Batman's villains are kept in an insane asylum located in Metropolis?  I would think Superman would have had Hugo Strange eating that gun before he made it anywhere near Gotham.  Surely that's just an editing mistake.

Hey!  It's time for Fun with Out of Context Dialogue! (tm!)

This one is so amazing, it takes two panels:


Meanwhile, I know I've mentioned this before, but it always kind of surprises me when Batman has no problem killing people:

Yeah, I don't think he hates it that much, because he does it a lot.

He also doesn't mind putting Robin in danger just to make a point:

That's a good (albeit fourth wall-breaking) message, but isn't he actually encouraging children to pick fights with mobsters?  I mean, he just had Robin do it and then he tells the readers to start fighting them, so... I guess you just have to do the best you can, Timmy!  Batman says so!

See you tomorrow!


Smurfswacker said...

Seeing the "Robin acts..." panel was like meeting an old friend. It was swiped from a 1936 "Terry and the Pirates" It has my nomination as one of the most-swiped panels of the Golden Age. Heck, Sal Trapani was still swiping it in the late 1960s.

Unknown said...

Seeing Batman kill is shocking, but not nearly so much as watching the Golden Age Superman brutally killing people. It's funny how all those 'fans' who claim Batman should kill criminals because it was part of his original characterization never say the same thing about Supes.

Aaron Carine said...

At least Batman strafed those guys in the truck only to save innocents(the baddies were transporting big-ass monsters that they were going to unleash on Gotham). Usually the Golden Age heroes were killing people that they could have easily arrested and taken to jail.

Evil said...

But they weren't yellow. They were eager to fight him. Or did yellow not mean what I think it meant?

Adam Barnett said...

Valid point, Evil!