Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Today in Comics History, November 29: Commissioner Gordon is born again

This is an expanded, updated, and combined version of posts originally published November 29, 2012.


from Batman #587 (DC, March 2001), script by Greg Rucka, pencils by Rick Burchett, inks by Rodney Ramos, colors by Noelle Giddings, color separations by Wildstorm FX, letters by Willie Schubert




Commissioner Jim Gordon, Pal o' Batman, has his second birthday within one year! Today, November 29, is his post-Crisis birthday. (Pre-Crisis, as seen here, it was January 5, and he's 122 years old. Ollllllld.)



from "The Private Life of Commissioner Gordon" in World's Finest Comics #53 (DC, August 1951), script by David Vern, pencils by Dick Sprang, inks by Charles Paris

Curiously, the Super DC Calendar '76 lists today as pre-Crisis Jimmy Olsen's birthday. No word on what it is after worlds lived and died and the DC Universe was never the same gain, though.


from Super DC Calendar 1976 (DC, 1975), letters by Ben Oda

Anyways! Nowadays, Jimbo gets his birthday cake after Thanksgiving, as seen here!

from Batman #587 (DC, March 2001), script by Greg Rucka, pencils by Rick Burchett, inks by Rodney Ramos, colors by Noelle Giddings, color separations by Wildstorm FX, letters by Willie Schubert
(Click picture to Bullock-size)

Even though Batman "forgot" to buy him a gift. Cheapskate billionaire.


Now, ReneƩ Montoya, boy, she can buy me gifts anytime.


After Gordon leaves his birthday party, he gets shot while he's trying to apprehend Catwoman. Ouch! Those kinda birthday presents we don't need!



How do we know those scenes took place on November 29? Well, check the police report, complete with annotations by a howlin' mad Montoya!


from Batman: Gotham Knights #13 (DC, March 2001), script by Greg Rucka, pencils by Rick Burchett, inks by Rodney Ramos, colors by Digital Chameleon, letters by Willie Schubert

Luckily though, Commissioner Gordon got a helicopter for his birthday.


from Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #126 (February 2000), script by Greg Rucka and Devin Grayson, pencils by Damien Scott and Dale Eaglesham, inks by John Floyd, colors by Pamela Rambo, color separations by Wildstorm FX, letters by Willie Schubert

Happy birthday, Jimbo! Get better soon! And I hope you get those giant replacement light bulbs you asked for.

1 comment:

Blam said...

Wow! Jim Gordon’s so beloved even the MCU’s throwing him a party. I bet Kevin Feige gets him a baseball cap!