This morning’s post continues our celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary with Batman 193, an 80-page giant cover-dated August 1967.
This was a recent purchase on ebay. Here are some contemporary comics from that month, which I actually read around that time (this is the same month that Jim Shooter’s epic “Legion Chain Gang”appeared):
For a long time, the oldest Flash comic I owned
My introduction to DC”s parody book
Another parody, this time of Shazam/Captain Marvel- although I didn’t realise for a few years.
Ride Bat-Hombre Ride: Grant Morrison’s Batman Inc. made reference to this adventure. Mantegua, a version of Argentina, is plagued by creepy, sadistic criminal El Papagayo. The country requests Batman trains up a Bat-Hombre to combat him. But the new hero turns out to be a criminal imposter. Campy fun south of the border. (1)
The Armoured Batman: Snoopy Vicki Vale discovers that the Dynamic Duo have dressed as knights in order to retrieve stolen radioactive material. Wacky.(6)
His Majesty, King Batman: King Eric of Norania swaps identities with Bats but the impetuous royal enjoys super-heroing a little too much. An amusing twist on the Bat-Impersonator trope. (2)
Batman and the Vikings: A charming fable in which the Dynamic Duo time travel via hypnosis. Investigating the mystery of Bruce Wayne’s cowardly Viking double, B&R voyage to Vinland (America).(3)
Mayor Bruce Wayne: An imposter tries to “out” Wayne as Batman when Bruce is elected mayor of Gotham City.(4)
The Flying Batman: A lost valley of South American birdmen is ruled by a criminal clan. Batman undergoes an operation to gain wings and the story ends on a “could it all have been a dream?” note. Poor and silly.(7)
Syndicated Story: An extended, earnest public service announcement about forest rangers. Psychogically interesting, it incorporates not one but two pyromaniacs(!) but the woodland setting doesn’t really suit B&R.(5)
This issue is difficult to distinguish from the previous giant, especially in visual terms. Even in the dying days of the Pop Art- tv Batman craze, other Bat-books still reflected the impact of the Caped Crusader:
I didn’t own a copy of this until the late 80s.
Never read or owned this one but…wow.
There’s also an advert for Showcase, starring the Maniaks: a comedy pop group and a DC strip I’ve never read; one that guest-starred Woody Allen when he was best-known as a stand-up comedian.
Coming soon: the All-Villain 80-page Giant
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