Created in light of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s practically invincible character Superman, editor Vin Sullivan asked Bob Kane to come up with a character that would be as popular as the Man of Steel. Inspired by pulp fiction comics and Leonardo Da Vinci’s flying machine, Kane created the Bat-Man. Once ghostwriter Bill Finger put his influence into this new hero, Bat-Man changed into a dark masked vigilante, donning a grey and black cape and cowl with small swept ears. Different as night and day, the ordinary human with extraordinary mastery of science and martial arts debuted in Detective Comics #27 in May of 1939 (cover date). [Read more…] about History of the Batman, pt. 1: Batman’s Literal Year One
As you’re all well aware, I spend a lot of time on Comic Book Herald talking about Marvel Comics. It’s my first love, and I won’t sit here and pretend that when the great Marvel vs. DC brouhaha of 2016 breaks out I won’t be on the side of the (arch)Angels. Nonetheless, I love my share of DC stories and this leads us to this week’s doozy of a question from the comments of my DC Reading Order guide: [Read more…] about Question of the Week: What’s Your Favorite Superman, Batman and DC Universe Story?
Ever since I started Comic Book Herald the blog has been extensively Marvel Comics focused. This is largely because Marvel is my first love. I grew up on Spider-Man and X-Men animated cartoons, yet somehow NEVER saw Batman: The Animated Series until much later. Nonetheless, DC Comics have played an important role in developing my love of comic books, from Geoff John’s Green Lantern to Grant Morrison’s Batman. [Read more…] about DC Comics Reading Order
It’s pretty easy to poke fun at DC Comics these days. The Big 2 comics publisher has really made some pretty public messes in 2013, and my personal DC pull-list has never been sparser (Batman, Wonder Woman & Animal Man, with Wonder Woman solidly on the chopping block).
Nontheless, the more I think about it, the better I feel about DC’s “Digital First” comic book strategy. I don’t usually attribute digital savvy to DC, but their experiments with a digital schedule might mean more for comics than anyone is letting on. [Read more…] about DC’s Doing Digital Right! Why $0.99 Weekly Comics Are A Digital DC Win
Scott Snyder’s phenomenal ‘Death of the Family’ story arc came to a satisfying end today with Batman #17… or at least it did until I read DC’s new ‘Channel 52’ recap. [Read more…] about DC’s Digital Failure – Channel 52 News Recaps With Zero Online Presence