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Batman: Gotham Adventures #2
May 31st, 2014 by Rusty

Batman: Gotham Adventures #2 cover

Batman: Gotham Adventures #2

Date: July 1998
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $1.95
2014 NM Value: $3.00
Stats: 22 color pages
Writer: Ty Templeton
Artists: Rick Burchett, Terry Beatty, Lee Loughridge, Tim Harkins
Notable Notes: In which we get a glimpse of Two-Face’s dysfunctional family!

Father Issues?

Trouble with one’s parents seems to make for good story lines. This issue shows the problems Two-Face had with his old man, but we can also look to other comics for this common theme. Daredevil had minor issues with his father, and so did Peter Parker. I guess Clark Kent got along pretty well with his dad – in fact, maybe I’ve got this all backwards! Maybe fathers played a big, important role in most heroes’ lives. You know – just like real-life dads do!

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Batman #227
Apr 12th, 2014 by Rusty

Batman #227 cover

Batman #227

Date: December 1970
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: 15¢
2014 Price Range: $15 – $350
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, “Letters to the Batman”, Direct Currents, 1 page Casey the Cop story and Daily Planet Extra.
Writer: Denny O’Neil
Artists: Irv Novick and Dick Giordano
Notable Notes: Batman rescues Alfred’s niece!

A Difficult Comic to Collect!

Last fall I decided that I wanted to collect and read some of the Batman issues in the early 200s. I started with #224 and worked my way up from there. This one, #227, proved the most difficult and expensive to get so far. I didn’t realize it before, but it has a few things going for it that makes it so collectible. First, the awesome cover art is a swipe from Detective Comics #31, which itself is the classic “Batman over castle” image from 1939. Second, the cover is by the great Batman artist Neal Adams. And third, there is a wonderful classic Batman story inside by none other than legendary scribe Denny O’Neil! Put those three things together and you can see why I spent weeks on eBay bidding for copies, and finally ended up paying $50 for a mid-grade copy. And you know what? I am totally happy with it too!

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Batman #226
Feb 17th, 2014 by Rusty

Batman #226 cover

Batman #226

Date: November 1970
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: 15¢
2014 Price Range: $6 – $80
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, “Letters to the Batcave” and 4 page backup story
Writer: Frank Robbins
Artists: Irv Novick and Dick Giordano
Notable Notes: Origin of The Man with Ten Eyes!

Blind – But Not Powerless

Would being blind be so bad? I’m not saying I want to try it, just that blind people seem to live incredibly full lives – especially in comic books. I’ve mentioned before that when I was a little kid I would wrap a blindfold around my head and play for long stretches of time while pretending to be blind. And Daredevil doesn’t do too bad does he? In this issue Batman is temporarily blinded, and has a tangle with another blind man – but the other man has a secret that Bats doesn’t know about!

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Batman: Gotham Adventures #1
Jan 18th, 2014 by Rusty

Batman: Gotham Adventures #1 cover

Batman: Gotham Adventures #1

Date: June 1998
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $2.95
2014 NM Value: $4.00
Stats: 38 color pages
Writer: Ty Templeton
Artists: Rick Burchett, Terry Beatty, Lee Loughridge
Notable Notes: Joker gets a big, big price on his head!

A Smarter Way To Catch The Joker?

The rational, non-fun, part of me has always been a little bit disappointed that the Joker is still running around being crazy after all these years. It seems like if Batman isn’t able to put the kibosh on this villain, then maybe there is another, better way? This issue addresses that very topic, and shows us that one dedicated and vengeful man can come up with a clever method for bringing down the Joker once and for all!

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Batman #225
Nov 17th, 2013 by Rusty

Batman #225 cover

Batman #225

Date: September 1970
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: 15¢
2013 Price Range: $6 – $80
Stats: 24 color pages plus ads and “Letters to the Batcave”
Writers: Denny O’Neil and Mike Friedrich
Artists: Irv Novick, Dick Giordano and Mike Esposito
Notable Notes: Batman the murderer?

When Good Heroes Go Bad!

It’s not a unique idea – in fact it is quite common – when good guys become the bad guys… or appear to do so! I think that it would be every legitimate peace-keeper’s fear that a powerful superhero would turn into their worst enemy. That is what happens in this issue… well, almost, anyway. This time it turns out that Batman is framed, and he must use all his Bat-skills to evade the police long enough to prove his innocence!

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Batman #224
Oct 8th, 2013 by Rusty

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.

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The Man of Steel #3
Mar 14th, 2013 by Rusty

The Man of Steel #3 cover

The Man of Steel #3

Date: 1986
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: 75¢
2013 NM Price: $4.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads
Writer & Penciller: John Byrne
Other Artists: Dick Giordano, Tom Zuiko, John Costanza
Notable Notes: 1st appearance of Magpie the jewel thief!

Superman and Batman Together for the First Time?

I would love to read the actual comic book where Superman and Batman meet up and work together for the first time. I did a little bit of web searching and it seems like that might have been in issue #7 of All Star Comics back in 1941. I just hope that they took on a better criminal than they did in this issue!

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Batman: The Killing Joke
Dec 15th, 2012 by Rusty

Batman: The Killing Joke cover

Batman: The Killing Joke

Date: 1988
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $3.50
2012 Price Range: $2 – $20
Stats: 48 color pages (but listed as 52 pages)
Writer: Alan Moore
Artists: Brian Bolland, John Higgins, Richard Starkings
Notable Notes: The issue where Joker cripples Barbara Gordon.

The Beginnings of Oracle

Have you ever wondered why Barbara Gordon / Oracle is in a wheel chair? (Or at least “was”, until the New 52 re-launch) Here is the infamous story from the late 1980s in which we find the disturbing answer to that question.

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Batman: The 10-Cent Adventure
Dec 1st, 2012 by Rusty

Batman: The 10-cent Adventure coverBatman: The 10-Cent Adventure

Date: March 2002
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: 10¢ (duh!)
Current NM Price: $3.00
Stats: 22 color pages, plus ads
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artists: Rick Burchett, Klaus Janson, Willie Schubert, Lee Loughridge
Notable Notes: Intro to the Bruce Wayne: Murderer” cross-over event.

It Is Only 10 Cents!

I have a collection of about 1,000 comics or so, and not one of them is a 10 cent issue… well, except for this one. Too bad I don’t own one of the Batman comics that originally sold for 10 cents back in the day! Oh well, I can dream right? And maybe that is something I need to put on my comic bucket list!

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