Category Archives: WEBS OF FICTION

Between Gotham City and Casablanca

I’m pretty sure I’m not breaking any new ground by stating that Casablanca is one of the most enjoyable films ever made. This 1942 classic about heartbreak and antifascism in a French colony bursting with contraband and political intrigue manages … Continue reading

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Elseworlds’ gothic homages

When coming up with alternative takes on Batman – usually as part of DC’s Elseworlds line – many authors have looked for inspiration in classic works of gothic literature and film. The reason this tends to work so well, I … Continue reading

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Remaking Night of the Stalker!

A few weeks ago, I talked about remakes in comics. The thing about this medium, though, is that a lot of the time remakes are not explicit. In fact, it’s not unusual for storylines to share (and usually extend) a … Continue reading

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Remaking The Case of the Chemical Syndicate

As far as remakes go, I’m of the school of leave-good-works-alone-and-remake-the-bad-ones-instead. To use John Carpenter’s oeuvre as an example (as I often do), I can understand the financial urge to bank on title recognition, but artistically I see no point … Continue reading

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Covers with movie homages

Back when I listed 10 great Catwoman covers, I regrettably didn’t include this homage to the poster for the awesome crime movie Bullitt:           That image was part of a cool stunt DC pulled a few months ago, in which … Continue reading

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The Mark of Zorro

The Dark Knight Returns It’s been fully established by now that Bruce Wayne’s parents watched The Mark of Zorro with him shortly before they were killed. Well, at least in the comics – on the big screen, Tim Burton changed … Continue reading

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Alfred Hitchcock homages in Batman comics

The amazing thing about Alfred Hitchcock isn’t just that he directed what the latest Sight & Sound poll considers the greatest film of all time (Vertigo), or that on top of that he was behind numerous other classics, but that … Continue reading

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Nods to the 1960s’ Batman TV show

          It’s not exactly a secret that one of the most fun Batman comics currently coming out is Batman ‘66, based on the sexy pop art TV series which originally aired from 1966 to 1968, starring Adam West as … Continue reading

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Smells Like Will Eisner’s Spirit

Detective Comics #600 In terms of stylish, offbeat crime stories featuring a masked vigilante and a pipe smoking, irresponsibly lenient police commissioner, it’s hard to beat Batman comics. However, while The Spirit didn’t have such an engaging protagonist, such a … Continue reading

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