Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lions Charge at Black, Flapping Things! So Sayeth the Batman!

Taking a look at Batman #121, here's a public service announcement what bears repeating:

Now more than ever, libraries simply kick ass.  Not only do they have books, but they also have movies, CD's, graphic novels.... if you haven't been to your library in a while, check it out.  Heck, they probably have a web site.  Support your local library so everyone can enjoy what's out there.

Back to Batman....

Well, it's Batman fighting a lion, so... SCORE!  But I'm not at all sure about what he's saying there.  I got on The Google to see if lions went all catnip on black flapping objects (insert your own tasteless joke here), and I got nothin'.

Anyhoo, this issue had the first appearance of Mr. Freeze.  He was originally known as Mr. Zero:

And frankly, that outfit's color scheme needed some work.  Green and red (the fact that they are traditional Christmas colors notwithstanding) just don't say "Wow, it's cold!"

Note that he also used heat, which is something I think they abandoned pretty quickly.  It didn't make a lot of sense, considering the guy had terrible reactions to anything warm.

Well, if you work in a lab in comics, stuff like that is going to happen.  It just does.

Anyway, when the 1960's Batman tv show came along, the name was changed to Mr. Freeze and it was nothing but smooth sailing for the character from that point forward...

Well, okay.  There was that.  Into every life, a little Schwarzenegger must fall.

See you tomorrow!


BatmanisBw said...

Y think there was an episode of Scooby Doo where Fred did tat black jacket trick too once. Also: Other Times Batman has fought lions for any future reference you might need:

Adam Barnett said...

Well, I'll be danged. Now I have to carry around all sorts of things, at least one of them black and flapping, just in case I encounter a lion!

Patrick McEvoy said...

I wonder who did the art for the "Magic Card" ad? Because that looks more like high-quality 1940's strip illustration than the… er.. somewhat less-sophisticated art we're used to in these Golden Age books. Nice stuff!