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Superman #10 Cover (2016)

Superman #10-In The Name of the Father-New Release November 2, 2016

The newest Superman #10 features the Man of Steel, his son, and Batman and HIS son hitting your local LCS on November 2, 2016.   Superman #10 Cover (2016) Superman #10-“IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER” part one! For the first time, the Man of Tomorrow and the Boy of Steel team up with the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder in a father-son adventure you won’t want to miss! Damian Wayne has been hearing a lot about this mysterious new Superboy, and now’s his chance to find out who he is…

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Detective Comics #934-Bat Signal

Detective Comics #934 Comic Book Review

Detective Comics #934 Comic Book Review   As a part of the new DC Comics Rebirth movement, the new Detective Comics #934 is a powerful re-launch of the original Batman title, with Batman forming a new team of Bat-Heroes, with Batwoman (Kate Kane), in a leading role on the new team.   Coming on the heels of the new Batman: Rebirth #1, this latest Detective Comics, issue (titled “Rise of the Batmen: Chapter One”), sets itself (as a title and series) apart from the “solo” Batman title, in that here we see Batman realize he faces a danger that is targeting not just him, but the other “vigilantes” of Gotham City.  Basically, this issue shows the process whereby Batman assembles a team of Bat-Heroes who are already active in Gotham (plus one surprise addition–we will get to that in a bit), to face this new and mysterious threat. Detective Comics #934-Batwoman Overall, this comic is pretty darned interesting!  The art by Eddy Barrows is perfect for these Bat-Characters, and the writing of James Tynion IV, (see Batman Eternal), is great.  And now, for our usual SPOILER warning…   At this point, we warn you, we write about the plot and details of the story, i.e. BAT-SPOILERS ahead (and not just the character named Spoiler, if you get our drift…) Detective Comics #934-Spoiler   We open the issue seeing Azrael being hunted down by a bad guy, whose silhouette makes  him look a lot like Batman, to the point that when the real Bats shows up and asks “Who did this to you?” Azrael responds with “You…YOU did.”  Additionally, Batman finds a drone that is, as he says, at least ten years more advanced than anything he or the military could put together.  All of this greatly concerns Batman, who, of course, has a plan on how to deal with the situation. Detective Comics #934-Batman and Azrael We then see Batman begin recruiting other heroes to his banner (err, I mean his Bat-Signal), to deal with this issue.  Plus, as he points out, the drones are also following his allies. His first recruiting visit is with Kate Kane, AKA Batwoman, and the dialogue and interactions between them are very well done, as he reveals to Kate why he trusts her…(If you REALLY want to know this big old SPOILER, then scroll down to see the last image on this page.  Longtime Batwoman and Batman fans probably already know the connection between these two characters, but this is a significant development in the relationship between these two). Detective Comics #934-Batman and Kate Kane Batman then basically tells her that she is not to be a subordinate to him, but a co-leader, and that he wants her to train the others on his recruitment list.  He mentions that he has already “taken in…Duke Thomas,” (in Batman: Rebirth #1), and we then see Batman and Batwoman meet up with the others on the list: Red Robin, Spoiler, Orphan (Cassandra Cain) and, the most intriguing of all, the villain Clayface (Basil Karlo). This is a bold move by Tynion to add a classic Batman villain (first appearing in Detective Comics #40, in June of 1940) to the roster of his new team.  Batman and his new team approach a rather pitiful-looking Clayface, who accidentally terrorized the patrons of  a movie theater because he wanted to watch an old movie starring himself before he became Clayface.  In this scene, James Tynion effectively puts a “human face,” as it were, on a character who is usually presented as a stereotyped villain.  Given a chance at redemption, Clayface agrees to join up.  We use the word redemption here very purposefully.  Note the panel where Batman finds Azrael in a church (shown above).  The crucifix and image of Christ (often referred to as “The Redeemer”), is a used as central image.  And now, we find Batman offering a chance at redemption to a long-standing villain.  Again, the partnership and synergy between the writer and artist is compelling, and this Bat-book is filled with religious symbolism. Tynion’s college major was Creative Writing, and anyone who has studied American or English literature is aware, inserting religious symbolism, Christ imagery, and related analogies and metaphors is a common means of showing the struggle between good and evil.  I fully expect future issues to hint at a devilish imagery of the villain, as we get to know more about him.  Overall, this is a great re-launch of the Post-New 52 Detective Comics, and, as a long-time DC fan, I am very pleased to see this title (and also the new Action Comics), revert to the old numbering system that hearkens back and connects these titles to their origins in the late 1930s. Pick up Detective Comics #934.  It is a very good read!   Detective Comics #934-Bruce Wayne and Kate Kane  

Detective Comics #934-Batman Family

James Tynion IV Comicography of the Batman Books

James Tynion IV Comicography of the Batman Books     Batman and Batman-Family related comic books and comic book runs written by James Tynion IV. Tynion (born December 14, 1987 in New York City) is a writer for DC Comics and is best known for his work writing various Batman titles.  Though he was born in New York, he grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he attended Marquette University High School. Tynion studied Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College, where he met comic book writer Scott Snyder, who encourage Tynion to write for DC Comics. Tynion began writing back-up stories for the New 52 Batman series, beginning with Batman #8 in 2012. His best-known story arc to date was the Batman Eternal series, which began in 2014. His most recent (2016) work is the re-launch of Detective Comics #934 (with the series returning to the original numbering which had been stopped with the advent of the New 52 in 2011).  This issue is a part of the DC Comics “Rebirth” reboot.   Detective Comics #934-Bat Signal Batman Books by James Tynion IV Detective Comics #934- (2016-Ongoing Series) Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1-6 (2015-2016) Batman and Robin Eternal #1-26 (2015-2016) –written along with Scott Snyder, Tim Seeley, Steve Orlando, Genevieve Valentine, Ed Brisson, Jackson Lanzing, and Collin Kelly Batman Annual #4 (2015) Batman Eternal #1-52 (2014-2015) NOTE: This was a weekly series written with Scott Snyder, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley, John Layman, and Kyle Higgins, 2014-2015) Batman #0, 8-16, 18-25, 28, 35-39 (2012-2015) Batman Annual #3 (2014) Red Hood and the Outlaws #19-28, Annual #1 (2013-2014) Talon #0-14 (2012-2013) Batman and Robin #23.2 “Court Of Owls (2013) Batman and Robin #23.3 “Ra’s al Ghul” (2013) Detective Comics #0, 12, 19 (2012-2013) Batman Annual #1 (2012) -Co-written with Scott Snyder

The Joker

The Joker’s First Appearance-Review of Batman #1

The Joker’s First Appearance-Review of Batman #1 The Joker first appeared in two stories in Batman #1 in April, 1940.  We review those first Joker stories for you, and we take a look (in our attached video review) at some of the artwork by Bob Kane and the writing of Bill Finger, the co-creators of Batman, Robin, Joker, and many more.   As we all know, the Joker is perhaps the most iconic and well-known supervillain in the DC Comics Universe, and perhaps in all of comics. This Harlequin of Hate first appeared in Batman #1, published on April 25, 1940. At this time, America was still in the throes of the Great Depression, and over a year and a half away from entry into World War Two.  Batman had first appeared in Detective Comics #27, published in 1939, and had quickly gained fame and recognition.  By the Spring of 1940, DC Comics (then called National), decided to give him his own title, while also continuing his star turn in Detective Comics. Joker 1st Appearance   While Joker was not the first code-named villain to fight Batman, he was perhaps the most maniacal.  In Batman #1, we find five separate stories.  The first, a short re-telling of Batman’s origin, sets the stage for the other four stories, all of which feature soon-to-be iconic Batman villains.  The second and fifth stories feature the Joker, a crazed, white-faced, green-haired murderer with a penchant for stealing jewelry and art.  He is also a scientific genius, using his chemistry lab to concoct his now-famous Joker Gas (kills victims and leaves their bodies with a crazy Joker-like smile, referred to in the comic as the “ghastly grin, the sign of death from the Joker!”) and knock-out gas. The third story features the second appearance of Dr. Hugo Strange, while the fourth story shows the first appearance of a female jewel thief called “The Cat.”  This of course, is Selena Kyle, the Catwoman. But, back to the Joker.  These first two stories with Joker are connected, as the second Joker story picks up two days after the first story.  In their first encounter, Joker gets Batman’s attention by killing several well-known citizens of Gotham by various secret means, using several poisons of the Joker’s design, as well as a handgun.  Batman and Joker’s first battle takes place in Joker’s red car as he attempts to escape, and on a bridge, where Joker manages to physically best Batman and kick him into the water. Robin, who is in his third comic book appearance here, follows Joker to his lair, where he is captured (of course), and tied up by Joker.  Batman, who followed Robin’s trail by means of the “luminous chemical that glows only in the light of the Infra-Red Lamp,” (another Bat-Gadget created by Batman), that Batman and Robin coat their footwear with, rescues Robin and battles the Joker again, knocking him out and capturing him.  This first Joker/Batman story ends with Joker in jail. Joker-Batman #1 1940 In the second Joker story in Batman #1takes place, according to the narration, two days later, where we see Joker is still in jail, wearing purple prison clothes, and plotting his escape by means of two false teeth in his mouth, where, Joker says, “inside each tooth is a chemical which when mixed together, forms a powerful explosive,” which he uses to blow up the jail. We see Joker enter his secret underground laboratory (hidden in a cemetery), where he again plots his crimes.  As in the first story, we see citizens listening to their radios when Joker interrupts the show with a threat to kill the Chief of Police. Joker succeeds in killing Chief Chalmers, and two more citizens (while stealing art and jewelry).  As Joker attempts to rob the Drake Museum, Batman intervenes, and again is bested by the Joker in a fistfight. Just as Joker is about to kill Batman, the arrival of police reinforcements causes him to flee.  The police find the unconscious Batman and begin to unmask him, when Batman regains consciousness and knocks out the police.  Remember, at this early stage of Batman’s career, he is a vigilante operating outside of the law, and is wanted by the police, to the point that one policeman tries shooting Batman as he flees out a window. Joker vs Batman-Batman #1 Joker continues his murderous crime spree, and to set a trap, Batman meets with Commissioner James Gordon in his guise as millionaire socialite Bruce Wayne.  Wayne and Gordon are friends, and, since Batman is still a fugitive, Batman’s plan to trap the  Joker has to come from Wayne, who gives Gordon an idea of how to lure Joker into a police trap. Joker falls for the trap, which is not a very good one from the police perspective, as Joker kills several officers before fleeing.  Robin follows Joker and they fight, with Robin knocked off a roof, seemingly to fall to his death.  Here we see Robin’s acrobatic training (he was, after all, raised as a circus acrobat in his pre-Robin career), as he saves himself by grabbing onto a flagpole. On the ground below Robin, Batman and Joker is about to shoot Batman (and, in reference to the first Joker story, Joker remarks, ” I know you wear a bullet-proof vest…this time I’m going to shoot at your head…the Joker is still trump card.”  Robin then drops down onto Joker, knocking the gun from his hand.  Batman then starts hitting Joker, who then draws out a knife.  Batman’s punch knocks Joker into a wall, causing the knife he is holding to pierce his own chest. Batman and Robin leave the scene, believing that Joker is dead.  Later, in the ambulance, a doctor tells a policeman that the Joker is still alive. Interestingly,  we see the Joker’s body in the ambulance with his jacket and shirt off.  The skin of his torso and arm are clearly as pasty-white as his face, indicating that his odd coloring is not due to clown makeup, but is perhaps his actual skin color.  At this point, we do not have any hint of  an origin story for the Joker. The Joker would survive (of course), and appear again in Batman #2, where he teams up with The Cat. To a reader living in the […]

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Why So Serious, Joker?

Came across this post/picture on Facebook.  In the picture we see a VERY serious-looking Cesar Romero in the forefront, with Adam West as Batman in the background with a surfboard.  This is probably one of the campiest of the Batman TV show episodes, but it was fun (Bat-Shark Reppellent, Yvonne Craig in a bathing suit!), but this is a shot of The Real Joker. Joker Serious Posted by on Monday, September 7, 2015 This picture is from Batman TV Show, Season 3, Episode 10, titled “Surf’s Up! Joker’s Under!” Oh, and here is that picture we mentioned of the beautiful Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl. Yvonne Craig (Batgirl) in Bathing Suit in Batman Episode

Bat Signal in Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Comic-Con Trailer

Comic and Movie fans all “Squeed” with joy at the release of the new Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice movie trailer at the San Diego Comic-Con this week. See the trailer below, then read our commentary and analysis of this great piece of superhero video. Cool, eh? In this video, we see a lot of detail that explains the whole “Why are Batman and Superman fighting” question. We see a U.S. Senator (Holly Hunter) decry Superman as a threat; we see a helpless Bruce Wayne watch as Kryptonian eye beams (from either Superman or Zod, we cannot tell), lance through buildings in Metropolis (the big battle from the last Man of Steel movie). We see an angry Bruce Wayne cradling a victim of the battle, with a logo from a Wayne Enterprises building in the rubble next to him. His building! Other scenes are of people literally worshipping Superman as their savior, and of Batman preparing to take down this alien god-like being. Some of the best shots are of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), and frankly, she looks pretty much like an Amazonian warrior here. Any concerns that the relatively slender Gadot could pull off the Wonder Woman image are, we think, now put to rest. Another cool scene is where Superman wrecks the Batmobile as he confronts an armored Batman. As to villains, (assuming of course, that Supes is still a good guy here), we see a younger version of Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) with HAIR! Hmmm…and, we also catch a reference to the Joker…very interesting. This new trailer has sparked a LOT of interest around the globe in this latest superhero movie. Fans were hoping and expecting a new trailer from DC at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and thankfully, DC, Warner Bros. and director Zack Snyder did not disappoint. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set for a May 25, 2016 release date in the U.S.

Superman and Batman Agree That YOU Should Subscribe to This Newsletter

Superman and Batman Really Encourage YOU To Sign Up For …

Batman and Superman both agree that YOU need to sign up for our new comics-news Newsletter. The World’s Finest heroes are imploring you to sign up now for the Comics Historyguy’s Newsletter in order to strengthen your comics knowledge.   Find and use the Subscribe box toward the top of the right sidebar—————–>——————————–>————————->————————————->   Superman and Batman Agree That YOU Should Subscribe to This Newsletter What is in this newsletter, the perceptive comic book fan may ask?  Well, we are just getting this newsletter off the ground, but the idea is that the staff here at will curate, collect, and publish news, links, and reviews related to comic books, superheroes, comic-book related movies and shows, and other related stuff. We will never sell or transfer our email newsletter lists to any third party. The newsletter is free, and you can unsubscribe at any time, though we will be really sad if you do that. The news and links that we share are culled from our journeys into mystery around the internet and the main (and the minor) comic book news sources.  Of course, some of these links and news items will originate with our own family of websites, but many will not.  If we think an article or news post is worth reading, we will pass it on, regardless  of whether or not it came from our distinguished competition. We look at both DC and Marvel comics, news, and trivia, and we also occasionally look in on smaller comics publishers and some science-fiction news and reviews as well. Our newsletter will of course have updates on your favorite DC Comics properties, such as the upcoming Superman v. Batman movie, the Arrow and Flash shows, and the new Gotham TV show. And these two super guys really, really, wants you to sign up for our little newsletter.   Thanks!  

Batman: Eternal #3 Cover

Villains in the Batman: Eternal Series

Villains in the Batman: Eternal Series Batman: Eternal #3 Cover In the New 52, DC Comics has continued using tried and true villains such as The Penguin and Carmine Falcone.  In other instances, DC has created new villains, such as Dollmaker and the Imperceptible Man.  Here you can find information on the villains that appear in the popular new Batman: Eternal series that began publication in April, 2014. NOTE:  If you have not read through Batman: Eternal #3 yet, some of these appearances may be spoilers…You were warned!  [xyz-ihs snippet=”TextLinkHorizontal”] Professor Pyg (Lazlo Valentin) First appearance: Batman #666 (July 2007) First New 52 Appearance: Batman #1(2011) Firefly-There have been two known Firefly characters: Garfield Lynns and Ted Carson. The Firefly in the New 52 Continuity appears to be the second Firefly, Ted Carson Firefly 1: Garfield Lynns First appearance: Detective Comics #184 (June 1952) Firefly 2: Ted Carson First appearance: Batman #126 (1959) First New 52 Appearance: Nightwing Annual #1 (October, 2013) Lockup- Lock-Up (Lyle Bolton) is a DC Comics supervillain and an enemy of Batman. He first appeared in one episode Batman: The Animated Series and was incorporated into DC’s mainstream continuity Robin #24 (January 1996). His compulsion/motif is to lock up criminals and his conflicts with Batman, Robin, and Nightwing are usually when they attempt to save his victims from torture and death. First Appearance: Batman: The Animated Series episode “Lock-Up” (First Aired on Television: Nov. 19, 1994) First Comic Book appearance: Robin #24 (January, 1996) First New 52 Appearance: Batman Eternal #3 (April, 2014) Signalman- The Signalman (Phillip “Phil” Cobb) was a criminal who came to Gotham with plans to make it big in the Crime world.  As a nobody, all the other crooks laughed at him when he tried to form a gang. He decided to become a costumed supervillain after realizing that society was governed by signals and symbols, and so he became the Signalman, using signs and symbols as his motif.   First appearance: Batman #112 (December, 1957) First New 52 Appearance: Justice League of America #3 (January, 2012) Cluemaster (Arthur Brown)-Arthur Brown is a failed television game show host, who, when he turned to a life of crime, felt the compulsion to leave behind clues to his crimes, He is also the father of Stephanie Brown (who, in order to stop her criminal father, becomes the hero Spoiler. She later briefly served as one of the Robins, later becoming the third Batgirl). First appearance: Detective Comics #351 (May 1966) First New 52 Appearance: Batman Eternal #3 (April, 2014)   Penguin-Oswald Cobblepot, who has a similar appearance to a particular short, fat, and waddling Antarctic bird, took the codename Penguin as his moniker as a criminal in Gotham City.  One of Batman’s oldest and most intractable foes, the Penguin is one of the more durable and ruthless crime lords in Gotham.  Unlike many other Bat-Foes, the Penguin is not insane.  He is simply a criminal out to make a buck and accumulate power in Gotham’s criminal underground.  He is a mortal enemy of Carmine Falcone, another of Gotham’s crime czars. [xyz-ihs snippet=”whitetexthalfbannerforcontent”] First Appearance: Detective Comics #58 (December 1941) Among Penguin’s henchmen: Imperceptible Man- First Appearance: Detective Comics #6 (April, 2012)   Mr. Mosaic First Appearance: Detective Comics #5 (March, 2012) Hypnotic First Appearance: Detective Comics #6 (April, 2012)   Mr. Combustible First Appearance: Detective Comics #6 (April, 2012)   Carmine Falcone- Carmine Falcone is a mafia crime boss in Gotham City.  As such, he is a significant foe of Batman and other costumed crime fighters in Gotham.  He is frequently the villain in the background; he devises plots and conspiracies to increase his power in the city and to weaken or defeat Batman.   First Appearance: Batman #404 (1987) First New 52 Appearance: Batman Eternal #2 (April, 2014) The Return of Carmine Falcone in Batman: Eternal