Post by wildfire2099 on Jul 16, 2019 17:43:13 GMT -5
Green Lantern 6-9
This is the end of my 'Green Lantern in the Silver Age' trade... it finally starts to bear some resemblance to what the book becomes... no more pseudo-romance comics (Though it still talks about Hal and Carol a bit). Lots of important stuff... we see the rest of the Green Lantern Corps (it's a heck of alot smaller than later, but there's something).. Sinestro, and his yellow ring. In between, we get 'Pol Manning' as the Green Lantern of the future, and one last (perhaps) hurrah with a romance comic.. this time mostly involving Hal's younger brother Jack.
It is interesting how both Sinestro appearances 'feel' like an ending... was DC not thinking of re-using villains at this point? This is also one of those 'huh?; moments.. where the good guys (the 57th century humans) basically use Hal as a artillery platform/AI to solve their problem, then sent him home none the wiser.
Why did 60s comic book writers think mind wipes are OK? Not only did the 57th century humans use Hal like a dirty rug, but there's no evidence at all they even attempted to talk to the Xegors (intelligent Komodo Dragons,Gila Monsters, which is pretty awesome)... they were using non lethal means to claim some territory on Earth.. and humans had the whole solar system, did 'Pol' have to try to wipe them out?
Post by wildfire2099 on Mar 28, 2020 12:40:15 GMT -5
Detective Comics #384-385
'Tall, Dark, Handsome and Missing'
Plot: Barbara Gordon dolls herself up at the library for a handsome patron, only to have him not show up for his usual Friday appointment. Suspecting foul play, Batgirl looks for him, and finds out he was a private investigator working on a case, which she helps solve, even though it means saving his girlfriend. The girl turns out to be his sister, and Barbara gets her date... hurray!
Notes: The do a great job making Barbara Gordon look different when they say she's getting 'dolled up' which is good art. I'm not sure it makes sense that her motorcycle fits in the trunk of her car, and they're still using the 'multicolor tracker' to magically point to bad guys, but otherwise a good, if pedestrian, story.
'Die Small - die Big'
Plot: A group of thugs plot to kill Batman, and boring mailman (but master of disguise) Herbert Small learns of the plot thanks to his hyper sensitive ears. He's about to die, and sacrifices himself to make sure Batman can foil the plot.
Notes: Not sure why this is in the Batgirl Showcase... she's in one background panel as Barbara, and on the very misleading cover. This one screams Adam West (as one would expect for a early 1969 Batman comic).. Alfred looks like the actor from the show, and Batman makes some Adam West-like quips during the fight.
Adventure Comics #381
'The Supergirl Gang'
Plot: Linda Danvers finds out that one of her classmates was arrested for theft, and discovers that a 'crime fighting class' was the culprit. She goes undercover to bust up the plot, and has to beat up an undercover Batgirl to do it. They team up in the end to save the day.
Notes: There was a bit of weirdness here, Supergirl took much longer (weeks) to bust this up than needed so she could make sure she had proof, when that's never stopped any superhero before. It did make for a better story. It's 90% a Supergirl story... she has to beat 'Ms' Barbour' in combat to lead the next 'mission' to get proof, and is surprised how difficult it is. Batgirl's appearance is the last page, where she takes out the Kryptonite-toting robots (because every small time crook has Kryptonite) to make sure the day is saved. I definitely enjoyed this one, even if it's a Supergirl story in the Batgirl collection... I guess they were going for documenting every appearance?
Post by wildfire2099 on Mar 29, 2020 23:27:19 GMT -5
Detective Comics 388-389
'Surprise! This'll Kill you'
Plot: Barbara answers a very Red-headed league like ad for a free apartment, expecting something fishy. She gets picked out of the crowd and is asked by the apartment's owner to go as her to a costume ball to accept an award for being the best stewardess while the ad placer (Darlene) goes to her grandfather's 85th birthday party. Of course, Darlene is a redhead and is dressing as Batgirl. 'Batman' (the PR guy from airline) comes to pick her up and attacks her, raging about a double cross.. Babs lets the guy think he tossed her out the window and follows him, only to find out he and some others (dressed as Superman, Flash and Green Lantern) were using Darlene to smuggle jewels into the country. They take the jewels out and find fakes.. Darlene apparently ran with them, and was using Barbara as a patsy. The bad guys have no idea she's not Darlene, and attack her.. to be continued!
'Batgirl's Bag of Tricks'
Plot: After winning the fight and the police turning up, Batgirl goes to the small town the Darlene helpfully told her she was going to find that the Grandfather was behind the jewel plot all along. She's tailed by the gang leader, and they all converge for a last fight. Darlene's grandfather pulls out an old tommy gun and accidently mows down the jewel gang leader, allowing Batgirl to capture Darlene and her grandfather while he was trying to control the gun. The end!
Notes: This seems to be the start of Batgirl being a regular solo feature in Detective, and is also the start of Frank Robbins run with the character,, not the most auspicious start. His Batgirl is pretty dumb so far (she gives an alias of 'Barbara Gorman', and totally forgets her crime fighting gear when obviously tracking a bad guy), and there's no mention of the Gotham library (which there usually is). The cover does actually happen in the story, but obviously only sort of.. the sort of Silver Age bait and switch that makes me cringe. It's a nice splash, but still.
There are also some really bad puns in the dialogue (Batgirl at one point throws a table at the bad guys and says she's turning the tables on them) that seem surely Adam West-inspired that I guess fit with the story but didn't make for a good read. I think this same story could have been written at another time in comic book history and been way better than it was.
...Notes: This seems to be the start of Batgirl being a regular solo feature in Detective, and is also the start of Frank Robbins run with the character,, not the most auspicious start. ...
The Batgirl back-up feature in Detective actually started with #384-5, with the two-parter "Tall, Dark, Handsome and Missing" (#384) and its conclusion "Hunt for the Helpless Hostage" (#385)...which you reviewed The Batgirl feature alternated with Robin's, so her stories don't appear in every issue of Detective.
Post by wildfire2099 on Mar 30, 2020 23:39:58 GMT -5
'Batman's Marriage Trap'
Plot: When a group of crooks takes advantage of Batman's day off to be the prize for a beauty pageant, they decide to start a marketing campaign to get Gotham's ladies to demand Batman get married. The crooks hoped doing so would get Batman off the streets. It works for a while, but the woman they higher to start the plan and seduce Batman actually falls for him and sacrifices herself (she goes to jail, I think.. it's not clear) to stop the plot. The end!
Notes: UGH! All the silliness and illogicalness of an Adam West plot, but none of the camp and humor.. why would they write this story as a serious story?? Why?? It's painful. The Batgirl part is she joins the women trying to convince Batman to marry to go 'undercover' and figure out the plot. She's in all of 4 panels... two to have Batman and Robin see her and bemoan she's in on it two, and a couple later on where she kicks a goon and tells them it's all a big plot.
Post by wildfire2099 on Apr 7, 2020 21:45:20 GMT -5
'A Clue.. 7 Feet Tall'... and 'Downfall of a Goliath' (both referring dramatically to a player on the Gotham Goliaths)
Barbara sees a 'civilian' checking out a crime scene, then later at the library.. this turns out to be Jason Bard (his first appearance). Turns out he's an aspiring PI and using the case as a trial for himself. The end up on a date to solve the crime, and of course Batgirl helps out.
There's the trope of 'I can't let my date know I'm working on the crime'.. which both do at the same time, which is kinda funny. This story seemed totally different that Robbins' first outing... with an actual mystery to solve. It seemed less focused on the 'girl' too, though of course the whole story was set around a date, it felt more like setting up a new supporting cast member than being as shallow as previously. While it wasn't the best or most creative story, it was more readable by a wide margin
Detective Comics 396-397 'The Orchid Killer' and 'The Hollow Man'
A dating service (that uses computer punch cards, which was fun) is being used by a bad guy to identify red heads to murder, Barbara puts herself in the program to find the killer.
I hope we don't have to have dating be the focus of every story, that would be disappointing... this one was still decent though. The format of using 2 backups to tell one (almost) full length story definitely works well.