Tag Archives: Dick Giordano

12 non-Batman covers by Ed Hannigan

A few years ago, I spotlighted a handful of brilliant Batman covers drawn by Ed Hannigan, who is a master at crafting memorable images that both pull you in and encapsulate the spirit of the story inside. As I pointed … Continue reading

Posted in BEYOND BATMAN COMICS | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Elseworlds tales of sword & sorcery

After another season of Game of Thrones, my mind has been on sword and sorcery. I still think the series’ most engaging contributions to this genre take place on the edges of the adventure stuff, as the characters count the … Continue reading

Posted in WEBS OF FICTION | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in THE POLITICS OF BATMAN COMICS | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Have a Gotham 2017

Batman #247

Posted in THE ART OF BATMAN COMICS | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Fun Batman stories

Despite being an unabashed fan of gritty film noir, moody gothic horror, and even some of the dark superhero sub-genre (so far, the Marvel Netflix shows have all kicked serious butt!), every so often I find myself ranting in this … Continue reading

Posted in BATMAN COMICS FOR BEGINNERS | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

13 Batman ghost stories

Because I’m super original, I’m devoting the whole month of October to horror… What can I say, I can’t get enough of gothic comics, especially when they involve Batman battling some restless spirit or a freaky ancient curse! One of … Continue reading

Posted in BATMAN COMICS FOR BEGINNERS | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in WEBS OF FICTION | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

6 villains you definitely won’t find in Batman v Superman

This is Gotham Calling’s 100th post, so I’m celebrating by focusing on one of my favorite aspects of Batman lore, namely the unbelievable amount of obscure, silly villains the Caped Crusader has faced over the years. In Gotham City, it … Continue reading

Posted in GOTHAM CITIZENS | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Adolf Hitler in Batman comics

Comics love (to hate) Adolf Hitler. It’s not just Superman and Captain America – pretty much all the main superheroes have come across the Führer in one way or another. Hell, you don’t even have to be in the top-tier… … Continue reading

Posted in THE POLITICS OF BATMAN COMICS | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spotlight on Mike Grell’s Green Arrow

Every once in a while, I like to shift gears and talk about comics set outside Gotham City that Batman fans should nevertheless enjoy because their genres (crime, superhero, fantastic adventure) are close to the mood of the Dark Knight. … Continue reading

Posted in BEYOND BATMAN COMICS | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment