Sunday, July 01, 2012

366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth, Day 183

Let's kick off the second half of 366 Days with Alfred Pennyworth with one of my favorite Alfred stories: the return of Alfred Beagle!

It's the middle of that universe-rebooting, best-Legion-creating DC crossover Zero Hour, and characters from various alternate earths keep popping up! Which might explain that evil, red version of Ambush Bug from Earth-3. But in this case it's the return of (hey hey hey!) Fat Alfred from Earth-2, as seen in the earliest Alfred appearances!

The Alfred of the 1940s, as we've seen several times in the first half of 366 Days with Alfred, wanted to be a detective, and this version is no different: following and aiding modern-day Batman and Robin on an adventure.

Pages from Batman: Shadow of the Bat #31 (September 1994), script by Alan Grant, pencils and inks by Bret Blevins, colors by Adrienne Roy, letters by Todd Klein

Occurring during one of those periods when thin Alfred Pennyworth had temporarily left the service of Bruce Wayne, Alfred Beagle admirably serves the Dark Knight and the Boy Wonder, and reminds us of the basic essence of any Alfred there is: a faithful aid and retainer, no matter what universe he's in. Let's all raise a cup of tea to Alfred Beagle and his wish to become a detective! Maybe he's achieved that wish in the new Earth 2!


Blam said...

Yes! This sort of thing was the best part of Zero Hour. Brian Stelfreeze turned in a fun cover, too.
PS: Missing Hostess Cupcakes, indeed... I don't think that you should be the first to cast jellybeans, Bully.

Blam said...

Alfred: "Where do I belong?"
Bruce: "I don't know. Maybe someplace that doesn't exist."
Me: "That's a little harsh."

SallyP said...

Yes, you can always count on Batman to sugarcoat things. Sheesh.

Nevertheless, this is rather on the touching side. I actually LIKED Zero Hour in a lot of ways.