It’s “Ma Chill” — the mother of the man who killed Bruce Wayne’s parents — wishing her boys could’ve grown up to be more like Bruce Wayne!
Happy Mothers Day!
—Batman #208 (1969) by E. Nelson Bridwell & Gil Kane, inked by Jack Abel
How did Grant Morrison not re-incorporate Ma Chill into Batman continuity?
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Somehow I’d never seen the amazing Frazer Irving variant cover to Batman and Robin 15 before I bought the Absolute and it’s too awesome to not share.
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Trinity Mothers by Yasmin Liang
The colors in this are stunning, and it’s nice to see someone focus on some of the most important but under-utilized characters in comics.
It IS a little disturbing how Martha Wayne doesn’t have a face, but then she always has been defined more by her pearls than anything else. Unless she’s written by Greg Rucka, and then she’s a total bad-ass who calls Batman out on his bullshit. I miss Rucka.
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Andy Warhol’s Batman/Dracula (1964)
Since this came out before the Adam West Batman show, did the TV show steal its high “BATMAN!” bit from Andy? That seems like a pretty important bit of pop culture lore that’s been forgotten, although the film itself was lost until a few years ago so it makes sense people wouldn’t know about it. I can never get into Warhol’s film stuff, and the video quality isn’t great, but maybe someone else would like to take a shot at interpreting it? More excerpts are up on youtube, and there’s an unreleased Velvet Underground track in part 2.
Gotham Starry Night (~1funnyguy en deviantART). Cuando Van Gogh descubrió a Batman
Everything is better with Batman.
Batman is knitting. While wearing slippers. Your argument is so invalid it doesn’t even exist.
I wish I had found this image while Allison still ran the knitting circle, Batman knitting would’ve made for a pretty awesome ad campaign.
Andy Warhol and Nico as Batman and Robin, from Esquire magazine, 1967
The 20th Century in Pictures: 1967
I really don’t know how I wasn’t aware of this earlier. It’s way too relevant to my interests for me to not know about.
Cufflinks my wife bought for me. Wore these on my wedding day. You like?
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Batgirl demands equal pay for equal work!
(thanks to dcwomenkickingass for bringing this to my attention)
(Spoilers and fanboy ranting ahead for Batman: The Widening Gyre)
I am trapped inside for the next day or so due to a case of pink-eye, so I’m using that as an opportunity to catch up on my comics. Since Kevin Smith’s Batman mini-series FINALLY had the end of its first volume released a few weeks ago (after a 4-month delay), I read the last 3 issues in one sitting, and WOW, this may be one of the worst and most offensive comics I’ve ever read. Now, I generally am not a big Kevin Smith fan, but his previous Batman mini-series was decent and the first 3 issues of this mini were enjoyable. I liked that he brought back Silver St. Cloud as Batman’s girlfriend (she remains to this day the only person to realize Batman and Bruce Wayne are the same person because the lower halves of their faces are identical), the new character Baphomet was generic but there’s been far worse, and the art by Walter Flanagan had improved significantly from the Batman: Cacophony miniseries.
So what happened? The book took a significant turn for the worse at the end of issue 4, when Smith first made Silver St. Cloud come off as silly and vapid, wandering around the Batcave with her hair in pigtails while wearing one of Batman’s costume shirts. Seriously. That scene’s followed up by a jealous and needy Catwoman confronting Batman about his relationship with Silver after stalking them. To be fair to Smith, this characterization of Catwoman would fit with how she acted in Pre-Crisis continuity when Batman dated Vicki Vale (Batman #355, and I am a big enough geek that I knew that issue was somewhere between 350 and 370 before I looked it up), but Catwoman’s character has completely changed since then, and she’s no longer desperate for Batman’s love/approval. Let’s not even talk about her wearing the old skirt/cape costume because Batman told her it looked good before. Ugh. The issue concludes with Batman making out with Catwoman (and presumably doing more) despite being with Silver, something that is EXTREMELY out of character and obviously a dirtbag move.
I should’ve just stopped reading there, but I was curious and was hoping for a Catwoman/Silver St. Cloud showdown in the next issue. Nope. Bruce and Silver go off to Aspen for a vacation, where he pointedly does not tell her about Catwoman. Once they’re back, Catwoman reappears, wearing her Julie Newmar costume with no panties (seriously, she ACTUALLY says “Did I mention I’m not wearing any panties?”) in an attempt to turn Batman on and complains about someone calling her a cougar and making her feel old. I just… sigh. I can’t see how Smith or his editors think this is an acceptable way to write the character. Batman wimps out on telling her they have to stop being together and runs away after the Bat-signal appears, which is lame but not completely out of character so I can let it go even though it bugs me.
Issue 5 is also when Baphomet starts becoming a total Mary Sue. Both Batman and Robin are totally impressed with him, and he manages to take down the Joker in under a page. He’s got a Batman-esque origin and its obvious by the end of the issue that we’re in for a Batman identity reveal by the end of the series. That happens in issue 6, but not before Baphomet talks about how he wants to kill The Joker, which you know, should maybe send up some warning flags about the guy but which Batman easily dismisses. Of course that’s all some pathetic foreshadowing of the surprise ending, which I’ll get to in a bit.
Issue 6 is where the series really crosses the line into complete awfulness. Both Batman and Silver are written like idiot teenagers, Batman’s special gift to her (a unique flower made just for her) is a copy of the gift Batman gave Superman in Superman Annual 11, a particularly famous story by Alan Moore, and I know this is really nitpicky, but Smith gets the Latin wrong for the flower’s name, since “Argentum Somnium” would translate to silver dream, not dream of silver. Batman proposes marriage in a scene that is terribly overwrought and just lame. Did I forget to mention that Silver still doesn’t know about Batman sleeping with Catwoman two issues ago? Yeah, because keeping an affair secret while you propose marriage to someone is totally something Batman would do.
It only gets worse from there. Silver has nicknamed Bruce “Deedee” throughout the series, and when Alfred jokingly calls him by that name, she reveals that it’s short for “double digits” since that’s how many orgasms he gave her when they first got together. Eww in general, and EWW to telling ALFRED of all characters that. He’s like Batman’s dad. It’s just gross and inappropriate for this kind of comic. Speaking of gross and inappropriate, I haven’t even gotten to the scene where Batman attempts to make Baphomet feel better by revealing that he pissed his pants while confronting mobsters in Batman: Year One. That scene is an extremely important and well-known one, so to retroactively add that in for no real reason is just Smith being a douche and trying to make Frank Miller’s story joke-y. It’d still be bad if the joke were funny, but Smith has really been reduced to laughing about Batman peeing his pants. How does this man get work?
And guess what? That’s not even the worst thing in the book, as you can tell from the image above! Batman gets a suspicion out of nowhere that Silver is really an evil robot, so he rips her out of a car by her hair, telling her to “Shut up!” after she says “Bruce! Stop it! You’re hurting me”, so he can make sure she’s real. Domestic violence is always the best way to start off your engagement, right? I was at least figuring that Batman’s paranoia and violence would provide an out for Smith to not marry them, but NO! Silver immediately forgives him and says she understands. GAH! I don’t think I should have to tell you why all that is intensely problematic.
We get another moment of Catwoman acting like a jealous bitch when she finds out Batman is engaged, but that’s to be expected at this point. The final idiotic moment of the book happens when Batman shares his (and Silver’s) identity with Baphomet, who is then revealed to be Onomatopoeia in a “surprise!” moment that makes almost no sense (although to be fair, it happens on the last page so there will probably be some attempt at an explanation next issue). This is made even better by him slitting Silver’s throat, leading to a potential “fridging” as the end of her character. It’s obvious from this series (as well as lots of other things) that Smith has no idea how to write female characters, but I didn’t think he’d sink that low. Then again, I thought that about most of the series after issue 4, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.
There’s no real reason I’m reblogging this, it just made me smile.
The blingee was too good not to share. And everyone should download this mix, Chris only makes kick-ass mixes. (I’m still waiting on my blowjob for the Best Coast album bee tee dubs, get to knob gobblin’)
Alright, so the customary blowjob for link exchange rate is kinda hard to work out with this whole bicoastal thing (pun fully fucking intended.) Also, I think looking on Demonoid would have occurred to me at some point, so you’re going to have to settle for your own personalized KALEIDOSCOPE EYES MIXTAPE. I dug up some of my rarest grooves and some of my not rarest grooves to put together a thumpin 54 minute block of the booty-shakinest, table-dancinest, inappropriately-gyrate-on-Megan-est disco jams for your troubles. If asses don’t get moving, I will be seriously shocked.
I GIVE YOU….
EVERYBODY DO THE BATUSI!!!
Prophet - Right on Time
Hannulelauri - Glittering Night
Lindstrom and Christabelle - Let’s Practise
Codebreaker - Follow Me (The Juan MacLean Remix)
Sally Shapiro - Looking at the Stars (FM Attack Remix)
Purple Flash Orchestra - Freedom Now (Break Edit)
Faze Action - Stratus Energy
Metro Area - Read My Mind
Alexander Robotnick - Problems de Amour
Jupiter - Mama Used To Say
As a side note, considering my newly found PRO STATUS at Logic, and my more-than-decent status in Ableton, there’s really no excuse for me to continue releasing mixes of dance tracks that are not actually mixes. Next one will be a real mixtape and shit.
Only from Chris would I settle for a mixtape instead of a beej, that’s how good these mixes are. Download and wait for the dance party to crash through your wall like the Kool-Aid Man.
Known for her outlandish costumes and geometric polygon hair, the criminal mad-woman made a daring escape from Arkham Asylum last week and has been taunting authorities by interrupting television broadcasts ever since. “If you ever want to see Commissioner Gordon again, you’ll do exactly as I say,” Lady Gaga said from her secret lair, adjusting her angular yellow Tyvek and spandex dress as henchmen danced menacingly around the bound commissioner.
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I watched Batman: Under The Red Hood last night (it was surprisingly good, I’ll probably write an actual review soon) and it got me thinking about Jason Todd, the 2nd Robin, and why he had to die. Jason was famously killed off as the result of a telephone poll where readers could choose whether he survived being beaten with a crowbar by the Joker and then blown up. The fan poll has long been cited as an example of comic book fans wanting things to be more “grim and gritty” and part of ushering in a darker era for comics. This simply isn’t the case.
The scene above comes from Batman 423, 5 issues before Jason’s death. In that issue, Batman and Robin fight a rapist named Felipe who manages to get off because he has diplomatic immunity. (Jim Aparo used diplomatic immunity as a way for villains to get out of trouble WAY too much, but it works here) After being released by the cops, he calls the girl he raped to tell her he was coming after her again and she kills herself. Once Robin finds out about this, he goes to Felipe’s apartment, and you get the scene above. The readers never actually see what happened, but it’s pretty obvious that Jason killed him and also has no remorse for it. As such, it was completely unacceptable for him to continue being Robin.
One of the fundamental aspects of Batman’s character is that he doesn’t kill anyone, no matter what. (Aparo’s run stressed the difference between killing vs. not saving someone, as does Batman Begins, but I think that’s bullshit and a mischaracterization.) That gets pretty drilled into you if you’re a Batman fan, and most fans I’ve encountered have a pretty black-and-white view of “Killing/death penalty is always wrong”, as opposed to Wolverine/Punisher/etc. fans who view killing of criminals as occasionally necessary or right. Jason being Robin after this would have undermined a key component of the Bat-mythos, the overall morality of Batman, and his actions here make him into a villain under the moral code of the characters, so when fans had the option to vote to get rid of him as Robin, it was literally an easy call. There’s some irony in Batman fans voting to kill a character because he broke the rules and killed someone, violating the very rules they’re punishing the character for breaking, but not killing him would’ve been taken as a sign of support and he would’ve continued on as Robin for the foreseeable future, with the whole Jason Todd: Murderer story probably being swept under the rug. I actually really like Jason Todd as a character, but he could no longer be a core member of the Bat-family after this, and death was the only option presented to readers to remove him.
I take my comic books very seriously in case you can’t tell.
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