Monthly Archives: April 2009

Comics Then #4 – The Beginning of the End or a New Beginning?

I recently learned that Comics NOW! magazine has ceased publication.  While this did not suprise me a great deal as I know how difficult it is for a new publication to develop a strong readership, I was still saddened by … Continue reading

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Golden Age Reprints – The Batman Annuals Volume 1

Back in early December, I posted about the upcoming DC Comics Classic Library Series featuring the first three Batman Annuals.  Well, the wait is over as DC released The Batman Annuals, Volume 1 hardcover this week.  Back in the early 1960’s … Continue reading

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The Year of the Bat – 70 Years Old Today!

It’s April 18, the 70th Anniversary of Batman’s first appearance in the pages of Detective Comics #27.  The introduction of this masked adventurer by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, with later major contributions by Jerry Robinson, Sheldon Moldoff, Dick Sprang, Gardner … Continue reading

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The Year of the Bat, Part 3 – The Batmobile

In my previous post detailing the first year of Batman’s life in the comics, I mentioned a lot of aspects of the character that not only defined him, but made him an extremely popular superhero in the early Golden Age of … Continue reading

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Are the Comics Bad for Children?

That was the question asked in the April 17th, 1942 issue of The Family Circle magazine a full decade before the attacks on comic books led by Fredric Wertham and Senator Estes Kefauver.  Whereas they answered the question a resounding “yes” … Continue reading

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