Friday, January 31, 2014

These days, she says, "I feel my life / Just like a river running through" / The year of the bat

Happy Chinese New Year! Now begins the Year of the Horse. (But I'm sure I'll still be writing "Year of the Snake" on my checks for a couple more months.) Me, I can't wait until 2021 (I'll be six) and the next Year of the Bull, but until then, please enjoy The Year of the Bat! Note: A Year of the Bat does not actually exist in the Chinese Zodiac.

Splash panel from The Brave and the Bold #75 (December 1967-January 1968), script by Bob Haney, pencils by Ross Andru, inks by Mike Esposito

And who's that colorfully costumed Bat-Guy in green? Why, it's Batman himself! Say, they really should make an action figure of that outfit.

Whoa! That's a whole lotta grin for the Dark Knight. This must be Earth-Haney! Yep, as we can tell from the swingin' Chinese teens! Aside from the unfortunate orange "flesh' coloring, which was a constant for all of DC's Asian characters for many years, this is actually a fairly nuanced and, despite the pageantry, a non-stereotypical scene. Especially Haney writing any father who approves of his kid! (See: Teen Titans.) Why, this story is just plain fun for everybody!

Then there's some adventures and crimes and hitting and, oh, looks like the bad guy dies along the way, but all's well that ends with the divine spirit of God's wrath on Earth makin' jokes with Batman.

So, Happy New Year, everybody! And in this Year of the Horse, please try to be more tolerant of bronies.


BillyWitchDoctor said...

And in this Year of the Horse, please try to be more tolerant of bronies.

Perhaps meant as a joke, but nonetheless relevant in light of this.

SallyP said...

My goodness but that's one happy Batman! Which frankly, always makes me a little nervous.

Dave said...

Gotta love that DC orange-face.