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Batman #224
October 8th, 2013 by Rusty

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Batman #224 cover

Batman #224

Date: August 1970
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: 15¢
2013 Price Range: $6 – $80
Stats: 24 color pages plus ads and “Letters to the Batcave”
Writer: Denny O’Neil
Artists: Irv Novick and Dick Giordano
Notable Notes: Batman travels to New Orleans to avenge a Jazz man’s death!

Time for Some Classic Batman!

I’ve been wanting to read some classic Batman stories lately. After doing a little bit of research I decided that I could financially delve into some of the popular Denny O’Neil stories from the early 1970s. Here is my first foray into a character I really enjoy, but haven’t read a lot of – at least in pre-modern comics.


“Carnival of the Cursed” : On a rainy New Orleans evening jazz legend “Blind Buddy” is brutally murdered by a gang of thugs. When Batman finds out he decides to attend the funeral incognito – but is quickly discovered when he sheds his disguise to battle some crooks who disrupt the procession. Batman gets his clock cleaned by a freakish man who flees the scene when the crowd jumps in on the Dark Avenger’s side. Later, as our Bat detective does some digging, he discovers a group of criminals being led by a man in a wheelchair, and he decides to keep a close eye on on them. This nearly proves to be his downfall as he is tied to a paddle-wheel and left to die! Oh no! But, using all his bat-wits, he escapes only to discover that wheel-chair man is actually the freakish man from the funeral fight! The two duke it out again, but Batman prevails this time as he learns the criminals were after a treasure map on Blind Buddy’s trumpet.

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 3 stars – The story was good, but a little bit far-fetched and too contrived. It was interesting seeing Batman out of his usual setting in New Orleans, though.
  • Art: 4 stars – Very cool, with some excellent details incorporated into the panels! Probably my favorite part of the book.
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars – The unusual setting, great art and pure “Batman-ness” of this issue made it fun to read!

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