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When Batman comics meet courtroom dramas

From Jimmy Stewart’s captivating performance in Anatomy of a Murder to the shocking reversals in Witness for the Prosecution, from the noirish colonial atmosphere of 1940’s The Letter to the underdog-getting-his-groove-back formula of 1982’s The Verdict, from the gripping climax … 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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The Dick Sprang challenge

Of Bob Kane’s various ghost artists, probably none was more defining than Dick Sprang, with his bold, clean-cut, upbeat, square-jawed, barrel-chested, Chester Gould-ish depiction of the Caped Crusader. But besides being  one of the most recognizable and stylish Batman artists … 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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Batman comics and World War II

          Although nowadays movies set in World War II have become mostly synonymous with tearjerker melodramas or grim military epics, this wasn’t always the case. The gravitas of that conflict and the overwhelming consensus about who the heroes and villains … Continue reading

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Underrated Batman stories – part 1

If you’re looking for classic Batman graphic novels and must-read stories, there are plenty of listicles on the web to serve your needs. (I’ve provided some tips myself.) But perhaps you’ve already read those and are wondering what to get … Continue reading

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More gold from Batman #50

My post on Golden Age splashes a while back highlighted a great opening teaser page from Batman #50. In fact, that was only one of a handful of funky-looking pages in this (otherwise not exactly a classic) comic. So, for … Continue reading

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Mike W. Barr’s paradoxical Batman

Mike W. Barr’s Batman comics – particularly his work in the 1980s – tend to have a deeply recognizable authorial voice, for two very distinct reasons. On the one hand, you’d be hard-pressed to find a modern Batman writer able … Continue reading

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