Thursday, January 26, 2012

Today in Comics History: Down in the street they're all singing and shouting / Staying alive though the city is dead

It's January 26th, so let's all wish a happy birthday to my (and your!) favorite Batgirl, Cassie Cain!

Panels from Batgirl v.1 #33 (December 2002), script by Kelley Puckett, pencils by Damion Scott, inks by Robert Campanella, colors by Jason Wright, color separations by Digital Chameleon, letters by John Costanza

But the fact is, before her incarcerated assassin deadbeat dad tells her this, Cassie has no idea when her birthday is. Barbara Gordon (Batgirl 1.0) comes up with an idea for giving Cass a birthday, and Batman agrees. (Batman concerning himself with such things as birthdays? Where are we, in the Silver Age?!?)

When Cass visits her dad, professional killer David Cain, in prison, she's head over heels at seeing him!

She's got an message and a question. The message is from Batgirl, and the question is from her. Oh, don't give her those blank looks, Cain. Do you want her to repeat the question?

So. in the end, it's a matter of choice. Choose your identity. Choose your birthday. Choose your father figure. Yeah, like you wouldn't pick Batman for that last one.

Whenever it is now, Happy birthday, Cassie. But make sure you get her something she likes.

Panels from Tiny Titans #33 (December 2010), script by Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani; pencils, inks, colors and letters by Art Baltazar

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