Author Archives: I.M. Baytor

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Solo #7

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Kelley Jones’ technological Batman

When I did a post on Kelley Jones’ eccentric Batman art a couple of months ago, I talked about Jones’ flair for the grotesque, the gothic horror influences, the exaggerated capes and shadows, the neat chapter headings and preview blurbs. … Continue reading

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Spy comics: revisiting World War I

If you read the last posts, you know that this month I’ve been discussing cool spy comics.   Historically associated with imperial rivalry and pointless carnage in the public imagination, World War I doesn’t seem to have inspired nearly as … Continue reading

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Spy comics: black ops

As you’ve probably noticed by now, this month at Gotham Calling is all about spy fiction.           The thing about spy yarns is that the tradecraft can be the real star of the story. Even when the leads aren’t … Continue reading

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Spy comics: badass thrillers

          As I explained last week, throughout July I’m recommending various spy comics here at the blog, trying to show that stories of espionage can serve both as a way to expose hidden processes taking place around us and … Continue reading

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Spy comics: revisiting the Cold War

Every once in a while, I like to shift gears and spotlight comics or films set outside Gotham City. Once a year, I take this one step further and devote a whole month to non-Batman comics. This time around, I … Continue reading

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On the beat with Renee Montoya and Harvey Bullock

Detective Comics #691 Man-Bat (v3) #2 Detective Comics #702 Detective Comics #705 The Joker – Devil’s Advocate Detective Comics #708 GCPD #1 Nightwing #23 Batman #547 Batman vs Predator III #1   NEXT: Spy comics.

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Kelley Jones’ horrific Batman

Kelley Jones is one of the most divisive Batman artists. His Dark Knight has absurdly long ears that look like devilish horns and fingers that look like claws. And it’s not just Batman who feels like a nightmarish hallucination: most … Continue reading

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Things you can learn from Barbara Gordon comics

Besides kicking ass as Batgirl, over the years Barbara Gordon has been a librarian, a member of Congress, and a first-rate hacker who – under the codename Oracle – supplied intelligence to the crime-fighting community of Gotham City. The combination … Continue reading

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Scars of Vietnam in Gotham City

As an embodiment of changing fads and obsessions of US pop culture, Batman’s adventures could hardly stay immune to the social impact of the Vietnam War. And while the Caped Crusader’s TV incarnation could initially be seen advertising war bonds, … Continue reading

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