2019-12-07T08:00:00Z → 2019-12-14T07:59:00Z
Greetings, Bat-Fans! I’m back in the saddle again for the World of Bats Book Club, and I’ll be starting a new ongoing project that I’ll be alternating with our look at Knightfall (and eventually some of the other ‘90s Bat-Crossovers).
My original plan was to focus on Dennis O’Neil’s classic ‘70s run on the Bat-Books (which remains, in the estimation of many, the definitive take on the Dark Knight), and I’m still sort of doing that, but there were a few issues. First, he didn’t have a straight “run” on either Detective Comics or Batman for any extended period of time. At his heaviest involvement he would usually trade off with other writers like Frank Robbins and Mike Friedrich, sometimes flipping between main stories and the Robin or Batgirl backup stories.
So, I decided: why not just take an extended trip through Batman’s whole Bronze Age run? Well, for one thing, we’re missing a ton of it (mostly Batman; Detective Comics is pretty complete starting a couple months into 1970, but I think we’re missing more Batman than not from the decade). So, I’m going to have to limit this to what portions we do have (note that for this entire club, we only have one Batman issue to seven 'Tec). And we’ll still certainly be seeing a lot of O’Neil, so this is about the best we can do.
Preamble aside, let’s get going!
Assignment: Detective Comics (1937-) #395-396, Batman (1940-) #219, and Detective Comics (1937-) #397-401
Detective Comics (1937-) #395
Detective Comics (1937-) #396
Batman (1940-) #219
Detective Comics (1937-) #397
Detective Comics (1937-) #398
Detective Comics (1937-) #399
Detective Comics (1937-) #400
Detective Comics (1937-) #401
Because this is a sort of eclectic collection of oneshot stories, I can’t provide much in the way of coherent discussion questions, so whatever thoughts you’ve got, go nuts.
Next week: The Gauntlet begins!