Thursday, August 16, 2007

Best of DC Blue Ribbon Digest #62 - July 1985

sgDC did a Year's Best for Superman, so why not Batman? Heck, you could argue there was more reason to do this, since the Bat-titles were done by very different creative teams, allowing for a greater variety of stories, wherein Superman and Action Comics always sorta seemed like the same book.

Behind the cover by Joe Brozowski and Larry Mahlstedt were these Batman stories considered the best of 1984:
"...The Player on The Other Side!" by Mike W.Barr(a vastly underrated writer, IMO), Michael Golden, and Mike DeCarlo, from Batman Special #1
"Down Below" by Doug Moench, Gene Colan, and Bob Smith, from Detective Comics #537
"What Price, The Prize?" by Moench, Don Newton(talk about underrated!), and Alfredo Alcala
"Boxing" by Moench, Newton, and Smith

...plus a fun pin-up of Bats and some of his friends and foes:
sgOoh, I know, I know--clockwise from right: Catman, The Spook, Clayface II, The Cavalier, Tweeldedum and Tweedledee, The Gentleman Ghost, Mad Hatter, Killer Croc, Signalman, Mr.Freeze, Commissioner Gordon, The Joker, The Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, um, that pirate guy whose name escapes me at the moment(anyone?), The Penguin, Matches Malone?, Two-Face, Black Spider, The Riddler, Batgirl, and Alfred!

*Whew* I'm exhausted. This digest thing can be hard sometimes...

6 comments:

Earth 2 Chris said...

"The Player on the Other Side" is one of the greatest Batman stories ever. Barr is quite possibly the most underrated Batman writers. He doesn't get mentioned often, and it's a shame. His Detective run with Alan Davis was fantastic. That story is getting a remake in an upcoming Batman Confidential I believe, courtesy of Tony Bedard and Rags Morales.

That pin-up is cobbled together from some Garcia-Lopez style guide art for Batman, and the others are by the late, great Don Newton and also-great Dick Giordano, from the cover of Detective #526. Incidentally, they colored Catwoman as Batgirl here!

Chris

rob! said...

Chris-

oops, you're right! that is Catwoman, not Batgirl. it didnt even occur to me that Catwoman wasnt in this picture!

and i agree of course about Barr. i loved his BATO, LOVED LOVED LOVED his brief 'Tec run with Alan Davis. his Batman was always so SMART. underrated by a mile!

Wich2 said...

Rob-

(And Chris...)

With you there, on the Newton love.

His stuff was so fresh & great back then; from early Charlton horror on.

Hey - the guy's considered an important Batman artist, AND did a a terrific job on the iconic Phantom. (And was by all accounts a Good Guy - beat THAT!)

Feast your eyes on this site:

http://www.donnewton.com/default.htm?main.asp

RIP, Don - thanks.

-Craig W.

Vincent Paul Bartilucci said...

The pirate guy is Captain Stingaree.

Hey, better late than never!

rob! said...

thanks, Vincent! i barely remember that guy...

Vincent Paul Bartilucci said...

He only appeared in a few issues of Detective Comics (first appearance 'Tec #460). I think he showed up in Secret Society of Super-Villains, as well - I know he makes a cameo on the SSoV Who's Who page.

And, since he's got that pirate motiff, he's a candidate for Aqua-villainry.