Monday, September 15, 2014

Today in Comics History: Batman progressively walks closer to you until you can see he's carrying FOR PETE'S SAKE BATMAN PUT THAT THING DOWN

Yes, today, September 15, is when a phone vote to assassinate a comic book icon determined the fate of Batman comic books forever. Don't ask who it is that killed Jason Todd: as Mick Jagger sang, "after all it was you and me."




"Some Will Die" ads from DC comics cover dated September-December 1988, pencils by Jim Aparo

Yep, this happened:


Page from Batman #428 (Winter 1988), script by Jim Starlin, pencils by Jim Aparo, inks by Mike DeCarlo, colors by Adrienne Roy

And not this...


Alternate art from Batman #428, script by Jim Starlin, pencils by Jim Aparo, inks by Mike DeCarlo

(Here's a color version of that alternate history:)


Panel from Batman Annual #25 (May 2006), script by Jim Starlin, pencils by Jim Aparo, inks by Mike DeCarlo, colors by Alex Sinclair, letters by John Costanza

All because of this:


House ad from Batman #427 (December 1988), art by Jim Aparo

Yep, Jason Todd died today. Ignore the fact that it says something different on his death certificate. They're always pullin' that stunt over at the Gotham City coroner's department.


Panel from Batman Annual #25 (May 2006), script by Judd Winick, pencils by Shane Davis, inks by Mark Morales, colors by Alex Sinclair, letters by Travis Lanham

So, in conclusion...we have no one to blame but ourselves for not spending 50¢ to prevent the creation of Red Hood and the Outlaws.



Assistant Editor's note from Batman #428


Bonus: J. L. Bell has some great commentary on Robin and the death of Jason Todd (click on other inks to explore lots of additional Robin posts), and no conversation about the crowbar-beatin', big explosion death of Jason is complete without Mike Sterling's iconic animated gif seen at the bottom of the post here.

1 comment:

Blam said...

I've always hated that headline because it's contradictory. It should read "Robin Will Die... Unless You Prevent It"; "Robin Will Die… But You Can Prevent It" makes no sense unless maybe we're talking about time-travelers visiting us to ask us to change the course of history. I know I've complained about this before, so if I've done so here I apologize.