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Happy Batman Day!

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Nana, nana, nana, nana, Batma… oh hey there, my bodacious bat-brethren, do please excuse my reciting of the classic Batman theme from Adam West’s sixties extravaganza, now that was a time when the curmudgeonly creature of the night actually enjoyed fighting crime, he even joked and (unbelievable I know) SMILED!

Of course, the swinging sixties was very much a different time and place, in fact Silver Age Batman smiled, joked, cajoled and inherently enjoyed being the Caped Crusader, this variant of the character was a million miles away from the grimdark version of the Dark Knight. Though, sixties Bats was an anomaly caused by the Comics Code Authority that cracked down hard on the various adult storylines contained within comics such as Batman and Detective Comics.

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When the sensational seventies hit, ol’ Batsy was reinstalled back to his rightful place as the creepy creature of the night who revelled in hunting down vile villains, and thrashing the dastardly and deadly denizens of Gotham to within an inch of their lives. Yet, there have been a number of lightheated and fun moments since his return to the despair and darkness that envelops his being, so for this particular anniversary post, let’s turn Batman’s frown upside down and celebrate his cute and cuddly side…

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Not Sure If Superman Forcing Bats To Smile For A Selfie Counts, Yet Here We Are!

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Ah Yes, The Legendary Bat-Smirk, This One Is Particularly Delightful ‘Cause He Just Managed To Relieve Green Lantern Of His Power Ring, Without Him Realising! 

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Yeah, That Would Creep Me Out Too!

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Aww, Harley Loves Batsy Really, Look at Her, Sharing The Cupcakes…

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He’s Just A Cuddly Costumed Vigilante Really, He Even Keeps Lollipops In His Utility Belt! 

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See, He’s Not Scary At All… Unless You’re A SuperVillain, And Then You’re Gonna End Up In Traction For Six Months!

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Ok, This One Genuinely Made Me Laugh Out Loud, Maybe Bats Should Take Up Stand Up Comedy!

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Love This Exchange Between Batman And Black Orchid From The Justice League Dark Animated Movie, Pure, Dry Batman Brilliance!

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Sure, Joker May Be Laughing Right Now, But Just Seconds After This, Batman Kicked The Crap Out Of Him… Again!

So there you go, fellow Bat-Fans, a lighthearted look at the Masked Manhunter in celebration of Batman Day! That said, as jovial as he seems here, one thing you should never, ever do is criticise his choice of transport, he hates that!

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Happy Batman Day!

We Can ‘Harley’ Believe That It’s Been 30 Years Since Ms Quinn’s Debut…

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That’s right, it’s been three dynamic decades since the psychedelic psychopath of print was first unleashed onto an unsuspecting comic book universe, much to the chagrin of The Batman, but conversely to the delight of millions of comic book fans, for Harley truly is… one of the greatest comic-book characters ever conceived, and if you don’t agree, then her beloved mallet would like to have a word with you!

Former psychiatrist, Dr Harleen Quinzel was originally an Arkham Asylum intern who, after prolonged psychology sessions with crazed clown The Joker, was coerced into thinking that Batman was the ultimate cause of Joker’s insanely murderous high jinks. Slowly falling in love with the irascible psychotic, Harleen eventually aided the mirthful murderer to escape the asylum and joined him on his insane crusade to dispense madness, murder and mayhem on the populace of Gotham City.

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Ms Quinn was created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm and actually made her first ever appearance outside of the comic book format, on the critically acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series, in an episode titled “Joker’s Favour” which aired on the 11th September 1992.

Actress Arleen Sorkin was Paul Dini’s original inspiration for the clown princess of crime, after he caught her appearance in an episode of Days Of Our Lives, in which she appeared in a dream sequence wearing a Jester outfit. Dini and Sorkin had been friends since college, and he even incorporated certain facets of Arleen’s personality into the character (and, of course – Arleen/Harleen)

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Though initially brought in as a throw away character, Harley proved so massively popular with the DC fanbase that she was ultimately ushered into DC Universe continuity in the 1994 graphic novel “Batman Adventures: Mad Love” which recounted her wild and wacky origin tale, written and drawn by her original co-creators Paul Dini and Bruce Timm.

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Harley of course has, since that time, become a fantabulously fun force to be reckoned with both on and off the comic-book page, starring in both animated and live action movies, and is also without a shadow of a doubt, THE most most popular choice for depiction amongst cos-players across the globe. 

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Harley and Ivy Discuss… erm, Beavers!

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Enough Already! My Ribs are Beginning To Ache!!

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And So, Happy 30th Anniversary To That Marvellously Maniacal Mistress Of Mayhem – Harley Quinn!

*Please Note: No beavers were hurt during the production of this post, just tossed, stuffed, kidnapped (beaver-napped?) and made fun of… so that’s alright then!*

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Comic Cover Of The Week: Wonder Woman #790

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Well hey there, fellow fans of fantastic fiction, and welcome to yet another cool, compelling and creatively compulsory – Comic Cover Of The Week. The star of this week’s post is none other than Canadian artist supreme, the great Yanick Paquette and his rather stunning JG Jones homage for this months Wonder Woman #790.

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JG Jones much loved cover classic was the first image that greeted Wondy fans when they got their fevered mitts on the fantastic 2002 Greg Rucka penned graphic novel – Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia. The Hiketeia was a standalone story by Greg Rucka and JG Jones that weaved the tale of a young woman named – Danny Welles invoking the ancestral rite of “The Hiketeia” which found Diana  honour bound to protect and care for Danny by ancient Amazon tradition.

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But, when Wonder Woman learns that Danny has sought out and killed the drug dealers who murdered her sister, it casts her into a tumult of indecision, which gets even worse when that curmudgeonly creature of the night – The Batman – turns up to bring Danny to justice. Wonder Woman is now faced with breaking her sacred oath to protect Danny or turning her back on injustice.

Though, ol’ Batsy made a huuuuge mistake when he came gunning for Wonder Woman, as he notoriously gets a bit too big for his Bat-boots, and Wondy unceremoniously puts him in his place – face deep in the mud! Moral of this tale – don’t upset the overtly powerful, millennia old demi-god, even if you are The Batman!

Wonder Woman #790 Is Available From Your Local Comic-Book Emporium Right Now!

Daily Dose Of DC…

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56 years ago – July 1966 – “Batman” was released in cinemas, starring Adam West as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Burt Ward as Robin/Dick Grayson.

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          “Some days, you just can’t get rid of a bomb!”

Legendary Comic-Book Writer – Alan Grant – Passes Away At 73

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It is with great sadness that we relay the tragic news that legendary British comic-book writer – Alan Grant passed away on July 20, 2022, at the age of 73.

Alan is one of my absolute favourite comic-book authors of all time, I first discovered his inordinate writing talent through Brit comic anthology – 2000AD, where he regaled the readers with his stunning takes on legendary characters such as Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog. But it was his acclaimed run on DC Comics’ Batman and Detective Comics that sealed him as a personal fave in the wonderful world of comics, alongside mainstay artist, the late Norm Breyfogle, Alan produced some of the my favourite tales of the Caped Crusader, it was during this run that he also co-created the rogues gallery characters – Anarky, Victor Zsasz and The Ventriloquist.

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Alan was born in Bristol in 1949, but grew up in Scotland. After fleetingly working in a bank, Alan took a trainee position at a local newspaper. At 18 he joined publisher – DC Thomson, home to another classic Brit anthology comic – The Beano, it was during this tenure that he met lifelong comic-book cohorts – Pat Mills and John Wagner.

He moved to London in 1970, and joined publishing giant – IPC, where he worked as a writer and sub-editor, it was here that he was offered an editorial position on 2000AD. Going forward he became one of 2000AD’s most prolific writers with hard edged, anti-authoritarian tales like – “John Cassavetes Is Dead” and “Letter To A Democrat” his writing was inspired by left wing ideology, anarchism and Eastern philosophy. It was in the late 80s’ and throughout most of the 90s’ that Alan worked for DC Comics on their venerable Bat titles and also wrote the celebrated – Judgement On Gotham, the awesome Judge Dredd/Batman crossover alongside Scottish artist – Simon Bisley.

Our thoughts go out to Alan’s family and friends at this very sad time.

Daily Dose Of DC…

When the Batmobile runs out of fuel and you’ve misplaced your grapnel gun…

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(Daily dose of DC is a brand new series of posts where we’ll share our per diem adoration for DC Comics through a lighthearted and occasionally poignant quotidian of illustrious images featuring the world’s greatest superheroes. So, we’ll meet you here again on the morrow for even more levity and laughs, my lovelies!)

Comic Cover Of The Week: Battle Of The Bats!

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That’s correct, old chum, these burly, brawly bodacious Batmen are battling it out once again, to see which of these utter comic cover classics end up on top of the veritable bat-pile! Delightful and dazzling DC have bestowed upon us, humble comic book fans, another perfect plethora of pictorials starring everyone’s favourite curmudgeonly creature of the night – The Batman, but which of these cool and compelling covers will win out in the end… only YOU can decide.

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Batman/Catwoman #12 – Cover By Clay Mann –

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Batman 89 #6 – Cover By Joe Quinones –

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Batman: Killing Time #5 – Cover By David Marquez –

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Batman Beyond: Neo Year #4 – Cover By Max Dunbar –

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Batman #125 – Cover By Jorge Jimenez –

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And so, fellow fans of fantastic fiction, which of these magnificent masterpieces is your fave? Personal pick is the Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle wedding portrait by the great Clay Mann, the image depicting the varying versions of the Dark Knight and Catwoman from their decades long courtship celebrating the long anticipated sealing of the Bat-knot brought a gleeful grin and warmth of heart to this particular batfan. But which do you pick… let combat commence in the comments below.

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Precinct1313 Breaking News: Batman Caught Walloping Wildlife!

Yep, it appears that The Batman is such a bad-arse that when he isn’t out fighting crime he spends his day punching tigers… PUNCHING TIGERS!

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Now, look here Bats, we love ya man but is it absolutely necessary to pick on those poor defenceless tigers?

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Oh, after a little digging around it appears that this isn’t a single time incident, the dark and surly one has been whomping wildlife since the beginning, and apparently even found a way to go back in time for some dinosaur dunking!!

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Ye Gods Man! Can You Stop Already!!

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(Disclaimer – I’m sure there was a very good reason ol’ Batsy had for these ( ever so slightly) out of context actions… oh, and I’m a member of PETA and love their work)

 

Eight Years In Precinct1313 – An Anniversary Special

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Welcome, fellow agents of Precinct1313, to our ebullient eighth anniversary! That’s right, the majestic mansion of mystery first materialised unto this plane of existence in 2014, it’s mission (which we absolutely chose to accept) was to provide you with some decidedly delectable DC Comics documentation, whilst behind the scenes we continued to map out the convoluted corridors, herculean hallways and colossal comic crypts that compose this recondite residence.

Shortly, as is our tradition, we shall be making our merry way down to the Precinct’s fabled – Great Halls Of Quaffing – to celebrate in style, along the way though, we shall take a short excursion and visit the abstruse anomaly known as the – Scrying Chamber – whence sits, upon a single stone table, a stygian black crystal ball. So why not join me, fellow fans of fantastic fiction, as we stare deep into its sanguine depths and re-live some of our favourite posts from the past eight enthralling years…

World’s Finest – Interview Series

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A mainstay of of the Precinct over the years (and my absolute favourite posts to write) was the – Worlds’ Finest: Interview – series, where each episode we would invite our most treasured – Superheroes, SuperVillains, Costumed Crimefighters, Dimension Dwelling Demons, and, of course, Super-Pets to answer a quotient of quintessentialy quirky questions about life, the universe and cake (’cause everyone loves cake!)

Classic characters such as – Circe, Harley Quinn, and Cheetah have darkened the Precinct’s media studio, and have – harassed, bludgeoned, nibbled and vexed our poor hapless interviewer, with his deadly denouement happening at a final, fatal interview with Judge Death, almost two years past. I’m very happy to announce the imminent return of World’s Finest and, also, our original interviewer! thanks to Ra’s al Ghul’s much appreciated offer to plonk him in his Lazarus pit! So keep your eyes peeled for World’s Finest: Series 2, which will include interviews with the likes of Rorschach, Zatanna, and The Scarecrow!

Ace, Krypto and Streaky Too!

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One of our more recent posts, and one that was without a doubt absolutely massive fun to write was this post dedicated to the awesomely adorable animals that populate the DC Universe. These super-powered pets include such dynamic delights as – flying felines, detective deducing dogs and, yep, even a Bat-Cow!! You can peruse (and pet) this perky post – Right Here.

Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed

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As you’re all probably bored of hearing right now , ’cause we never, ever shut up about it (and never shall!) we love Wondy here in Precinct1313, she is our favourite comic book creation of all time! And just recently the glorious gods of Olympus once more bestowed upon us mere mortals yet another thrilling tale of the Themysciran Titan with the fabulous Laurie Halse Anderson penned opus – Tempest Tossed – a sublime celebration of the wondrous one, and you can read our rapturous review of this titanic tome – Right Here.

The Bat Loves The Cat

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The Bat most assuredly does love the cat, in fact they’ve been dancing around each other emotionally for the past eight decades! Yep, that’s eighty years of perfect passion procrastination! No character has had a more emotive impact on the Dark Knight’s melancholic life than sultry Selina Kyle aka -Catwoman! Why not re-live their tender tale of romance – Right Here.

Phew, thanks for sticking with us as we shared some of our personal favourite posts we have submitted to the WordPress world over the past eight years, and as we near the great Halls of Quaffing for mucho merriment, allow me to say a massive THANK YOU to all of the Precinct’s followers, readers and fellow bloggers… it is YOU that makes this joyous journey worthwhile.

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Oh, And As Ever – Make Mine DC!

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DC Comics Unveil June Pride Issues

Well hey there, fellow fans of fantastic fiction, and welcome to the very first day of the 2022 Pride Month celebrations, it’s lovely to see you all gathered here in the Precinct’s legendary Comic Crypts to help us celebrate diversity and inclusion.

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Pride Month is imperative in raising awareness of the LGBTQ+ community and other societal implications. The month of June was originally chosen for it’s context to the 1969 Stonewall riots, where the LGBT community of the time held a series of protests and demonstrations against an unjust raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich village.

DC Comics themselves have a long standing within the LGBTQ+ community, with a number of their heroes and villains being gay, trans and bisexual, beginning with their first ever gay character – Extrano – the magical based Superhero created by Joe Staton and Steve Englehart in 1987. Since that time DC have led the way for inclusionary characters with, quite possibly, their most famous being Kate Kane aka – Batwoman.

 

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From the 7th of June you’ll be able to get your majestic mitts on a variety of outstanding proud comic cover classics from a perfect plethora of DC’s very best artistic auteurs, featuring a compelling cast of DC’s leading LGBTQ+ characters including Nubia, Jon Kent, Harley and Ivy, Jackson Hyde and many more…

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Plus, alongside all this comic cover loveliness, DC will also be releasing a 100 page anthology comic featuring 13 all new stories spotlighting their LGBTQ fan favourite characters written and illustrated by some of the very best writers and artists in the comic-book field including – Devin Grayson, Stephanie Phillips, Alyssa Wong, Zoe Thorogood Jen Bartel, Phil Jimenez and even ol’ Batsy himself, the awesome – Kevin Conroy (legendary voice artist for the Dark Knight in Batman: The Animated Series)

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DC Comics’ Pride 2022 #1 Will Be Available At Your Local Comic-Book Emporium From June 7th.

DC Comics Showcase Summer Swimsuit Specials!

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Merciful Minerva! DC Comics, that bodacious bastion of superlative superheroics, has (literally!) unveiled it’s pantheon of costume clad crimefighters, and villains, in an upcoming comic cover event that sees their finest heroes and enemies peel off their spandex and show some skin in a sassy, sinewy summer swimsuit showcase special!

That’s right, fellow fans of fantastic flirty fiction, some of DC’s most popular characters will be donning their saucy speedos and bodacious bikinis in a new variant cover series releasing this August. Yep, even the notorious curmudgeonly creature of the night known as The Batman will don his bat-trunks to kick sand in the face of The Joker! alongside another nine naughty but nice heroes and villains including Nightwing, Nubia, Supergirl and Deathstroke.

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These vivacious variants are brought to you by some of the very best artists working in the wonderful world of comics today including – Nicola Scott (Nightwing #95 variant), Derek Chew (Nubia #3) Mikel Janin (Batman #126), Emanuela Lupacchino (Black Adam #3) and many more.

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So why not brush the sand from between your toes, pull on your flip flops and make your way down to your local comic-book emporium this August to bask in the radiant rays of these captivating covers!

Legendary Comic-Book Artist – Neal Adams – Passes Away At 80

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It is with a sense of great sadness that I relay the news that the legendary Neal Adams passed away on Thursday April 28 from complications with sepsis. Neal was one of the most highly regarded artists in the comic-book medium, and was a standard bearer to his peers always pushing for creator rights and fair pay.

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Neal’s first dalliance in the comic book world was in 1967 with DC Comics, where at the time he mostly drew War comics. In 1968 he was tasked with redesigning the Batman, after over a decade of camp silliness, DC decided they wanted to bring back the dark, brooding detective version of the character more in line to his original 30’s and 40’s variant. Neal’s artistic style was the perfect choice for this assignment, his hyper realistic artwork fit the characters of Batman canon beautifully. Alongside the late, great Denny O’Neil, Neal gave us some of the greatest Batman, Green Lantern and Green Arrow stories ever told, with Neal’s stunning art always in perfect synergy with Denny’s scripting, they were literally the original Dynamic Duo of comics, and the comic book world is a much, much poorer place without them.

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It was Neal and Denny who first introduced me, not only to the Caped Crusader, but the wonderful world of comics themselves, as a wide eyed six year old. My many thanks to them both for my enduring love of comic-books and especially The Batman. Our thoughts go out to Neal’s friends and family at this very sad time.

Comic Cover Of The Week: Battle Of The Bats!

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Welcome, my cool and compelling comic collecting cohorts to another Comic Cover Of The Week, and “Holy Bat Bust-Ups, Batman!” it seems we have the mother of all bodacious bat beatdowns, as these brawly bat brethren go (pointy eared) head to (pointy eared) head in a month that sees no less than five Bat-tacular covers released. But which of these creatively charming Chiroptera covers will claw its way to the top? That, my Bat-tastic buddies is up to YOU!

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Whether it’s the 60’s Adam West ‘Kapowing’ criminals, or 80’s Keaton ‘getting nuts!’, 2000’s Bale’s broody belligerence, Affleck’s vengeance fuelled vigilante or Robert Pattison’s grim and gothic variant, you can be sure there’s a Batman out there for every taste and the same can be said for these stunning covers, personal favourite is the Batman 89 cover in all it’s Michelle Pfeiffer-tastic glory, but which of these fabulous five is your favourite, well why not sound off in the comments below!

Batgirls #5 – Cover By Jorge Corona

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Batman 89 #5 – Cover By Joe Quinones

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Batman/Catwoman #11 – Cover By Clay Mann

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Batman: Urban Legends #14 – Cover By Karl Mostert

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I Am Batman #8 -Cover By Stephen Segovia

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So, which of this breathtaking battalion of  brush-stroked Bats is your fave, my bodacious bat-buddies? You know what to do… oh and don’t forget to tune in again next week for another comic cover classic. Same Bat-Time, Same Bat-Channel!

Batman, Catwoman, Batgirl,  And All Imagery Are Copyright: DC Comics.

Comic Cover Of The Week: One Cover To Rule Them All!

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Felicitations, fellow fans of fantastic fiction, and welcome once more to our crazy cavalcade of cool and compelling comic cover collectables!

And, hoo-boy, there is an astonishing array of illustriously illustrated issues available at your nearby newsstands this week, so many in fact that it was impossible to pick just one. So here, for your decidedly delightful delectation, are my four fantabulous favourites…

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I’m a sucker for absolutely anything Starfire, so naturally I fell in love with this captivating cover the moment I laid eyes upon it’s marvellous magnificence! Cover artist in question for this bodacious beaut, is the amazing Jamal Campbell, with interior art handled by by Jose Luis and Jonas Trinidade.

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Another DC Comics’ red-headed revelation is the beguiling Batwoman, and this gorgeous painterly piece of Kate Kane by Irvin Rodriguez is utterly stunning! Interior art is handled by Fernando Blanco and Max Raynor, with a tantalising tale by one of my current fave authors, the magnificent Mariko Tamaki.

I Am Batman #6 –

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I Am Batman #6 is penned by 12 Years A Slave screenwriter – John Ridley, and follows the unfurling destiny of the new and mysterious variant of The Batman – Jace Fox. This is yet another tremendous tale by Ridley who wowed us recently with his Black Label masterpiece series for DC – The Other History Of The DC Universe. The commendable cover is by Olivier Coipel, and interior art by Ken Lashley and Rex Locus.

Strange Love Adventures #01-

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Love is most definitely in the air again, and good ol’ DC Comics are here to warm the cockles of your heart, and brighten your soul with eight enthralling tales of… strange love? including a burly, brawly bodacious bromance between Peacemaker and his elegant Eagle sidekick – Eagly! The compelling cover is by Yanick Paquette, with interior art lovingly crafted by – Geraldo Borges, Jon Sommariva, Scot Eaton, and Pablo M Collar.

Personal pick of the bunch this week is Titans United #6, thanks to it’s radiant cover star – Starfire, but which of the featured foursome is your fave, why not sound off in the comments below!

Happy Batman Day!

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Over eight decades ago, the smoking gun barrel of Joe Chill unleashed unto the unsuspecting denizens of Gotham City a nocturnal nightmare of which they had never seen. The tragic murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne, before the innocent eyes of their young son, Bruce, created a force of vengeance and justice that has been preying on Gotham’s criminal underbelly with furious anger ever since… The Batman!

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Created by the peerless pairing of Bill Finger and Bob Kane, the creepy and curmudgeonly creature of the night’s first ever appearance was in DC Comics’ revered Detective Comics in May of 1939. Since that time, the dark and surly one has gone on to become, quite possibly, the most popular and renowned Superhero ever conceived, with his fame spreading across every single known entertainment medium, from comic-books through video-games, television shows, movies, toys, clothes, novelisations, and so, so much more, firmly cementing his place in heroic history!

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But what is it that compels readers to immerse themselves in a vengeance driven man-hunter, a being that has devoted his life to bringing his own brand of Bat-justice to a corrupt and dystopian city seething with criminal detritus? I absolutely believe that it’s his inherent vulnerability and pathos, you see, unlike the vast swathe of caped crusaders, Bruce is, ultimately, just a man in a costume… he can’t leap tall buildings in a single bound, or deflect bullets with bracelets, he’s not capable of reaching the speed-force, or even talking to fish! but what he does possess is the inherent belief in his own righteousness and decency, it’s his integrity and moral fortitude that has enabled him to rise above the sea of costumed crimefighters and be the best he can be, no matter the adversity or lack of powers thereof… the mark of a true hero (of course, billions of dollars, an unsurpassed mastery of myriad martial arts, genius level intellect and a compendium of glorious gadgets also, sort of, helps!)

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And So… Happy Batman Day! What will you be doing to celebrate the Dark Knight? Why not sound off in the comments below, fellow Bat-fans.

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