After over 75 years in the comic industry, Batman has changed a little bit over the years since Detective Comics #27 (May, 1939)...
...and here's a few stories that help show those changes as the Silver Age (or Earth-1) Batman meets a few Golden Age (or Earth-2) members of the Batman family!
...and Brimstone was defeated (at least for the 1950s...).
A fun little story even if the two Batmen don't meet, and the issue contains the first appearance of Batman and the Outsiders as well!
One of the biggest differences at the time (besides the yellow oval) was that 1950s Batman still had Robin as a partner....
The Ex-Boy Wonder
The Batman of Earth-1 also met two people he considered to be ghosts, Batwoman and Hugo Strange (both who had just passed on Earth-1, but were still alive on Earth-2). Seems the original Batman's foes were all ready to kill Batman, and not that happy that they couldn't...
This story was reprinted in the Secrets of the Batcave tradepaperback as well...
...and more history of the original Robin has been covered here too!
Batman discovers that his father, Thomas Wayne, may have been involved in the Gotham crime scene...as a criminal!
Luckily for the Earth-1 Batman, his "niece" from Earth-2, the daughter of the original Batman, Helena Wayne, a.k.a. Huntress, came over for a visit..
...and the two of them worked it out, as well as dealing with the loneliness the holidays can bring!
Birds of Prey TV series as well!).
Crossing the Cat's Path
Her part in Huntress' origin was covered pretty well in Huntress' origin in DC Super-Stars #17, but there was still a little more of the tale to be told, and that was told in Brave and the Bold #197 (April, 1983), by Alan Brennert and Joe Staton (and cover by Jim Aparo).
This issue also dealt with a lonely Batman, but this time it was the original, Golden Age, Earth-2 Batman, and his fear was made that much worse by the master of fear, the Scarecrow!
A truly touching tale, reprinted in the original Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told hardcover of 1988 and the tradepaperback of 1989.
All of this shows how much Alan Brennert, Mike W. Barr, Jim Aparo and Joe Staton have given to the legend of Gotham and it's hero, the Batman...and their work is appreciated! It also shows that Brave and the Bold helped Batman's mythology as well, expanding and exploring the Batman family and finding the man behind the mask!
"Interlude on Earth-Two" gets something wrong - there's a reference of Dick-2 being "around the same age" as Bruce-1, but Dick-2 is 52 at this point - Some 20 years older!ReplyDelete
But keep in mind this is the same time they showed Hawk & Dove as being adults older than the Titans - guess the book has poor script-editing!