Friday, June 02, 2017

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 2: Thomas and Martha Wayne: Who they are and how they came to be (shot)

Hey, since you mention it, my handy Thomas and Martha getting shot Excel spreadsheet reminds me that I've never actually featured the first time (of many) that they got killed by Joe Chill (as opposed to being chilled by Joe Kill):

Panels from "The Legend of the Batman — Who He Is and How He Came to Be!" in Batman #1 (Spring 1940), script by Bill Finger, pencils and figure inks by Bob Kane, background inks and letters by Sheldon Moldoff

Oh, okay, if you pressure me or bribe me with Oreos, I'll admit I have used these panels before, but the comic being spotlighted was Mark Martin's Happy Birthday Gnatrat. So I stand by putting these up again! Plus, I found a less garishly-computer colored reprint than last year's, since I can't locate my copy of Batman #1. Anyway, a good origin story demands an encore! So long, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne!


Blam said...

// a good origin story demands an encore //
Indeed. Which is why — Fun Fact! — this origin was actually taken from Detective Comics #33, published over six months before Batman #1, where it preceded the main action of "The Batman Wars against the Dirigible of Doom" (except for the splash panel, which in #33 was specific to that story, so the hero shot of looming Batman seen here is taken from a story in #34). Also of note: Thomas Wayne's Dick Tracy cosplay. (Where do you get a yellow fedora, anyway?)

Bully said...

And you know, I had done 'Tec #33 previously in this series, so it is a re-run after all! Geez, I need you to properly annotate my spreadsheet, Blam!

Blam said...

Sounds like fun! I'll put you in touch with my agent as soon as I get one.