Friday, June 16, 2017

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 16: All Chill, All the Time

Here's a few details of the Pre-Crisis DC Universe that exist-no-more, and I will argue that their omission and replacement by new lore has made the Batman legend stronger and more epic. 1: Martha Wayne died of a heart attack, not being shot by Joe Chill. 2: Pre-Crisis, Alfred didn't show up until years later, so it was Bruce's Uncle Philip Wayne who more-or-less raised him, and 3: Philip's housekeeper was Joe Chill's mother. Man, you usually have to go to a Shakespeare tragedy to get such coincidinkys.

Panel from "The Women in Batman's Life!" in Batman (1940 series) #208 (January-February 1969), script by E. Nelson Bridwell, pencils by Gil Kane, inks by Jack Abel


Dave said...

I was sure that was Ray Palmer explaining his origin and I got REALLY confused. Who is that on the art? Kane and Greene?

The Seditionist said...

And isn't that story actually the origin from a ca. 1968 80 Page Giant?

Bully said...

Thanks for your eagle eye, Dave; I entirely forgot to add the credits! And The Seditionist is right: it's Kane/Abel (surely the only time those names have been linked together in literature!) Consider yourself both recipients of the Bionic Eye No-Bull Prize!

And Batman #208 is also known as 80 Page Giant Magazine #G-55!