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Subj: Re: New banner! What was your favorite BATMAN story from the 80s or 90s?
Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 at 12:21:34 am EST (Viewed 293 times)
Reply Subj: New banner! What was your favorite BATMAN story from the 80s or 90s?
Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 at 01:40:24 pm EST (Viewed 307 times)

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I confess I was somewhat anti-Batman in the 80s and 90s, because I didn't recognize the guy. He wasn't the hero I had known in the Bronze Age. By the end of the 90s he was finally becoming familiar to me, but as this other character, some new character who wasn't the same guy Jim Aparo and Neal Adams had drawn. But many fans strongly prefer this other guy. Thing is, they usually draw a distinction between this other guy and the 1950s and 1960s Batman, who hadn't been around since, well, the 1950s and 1960s. It's the same as with Superman. For some odd reason, many fans just don't realize that Superman and Batman in the 1970s were very different from Superman and Batman in the 1950s and 1960s. All you have to do is actually read the Bronze Age comics and you'll see it immediately.

In any case, I've highlighted Knightfall and The Killing Joke in my banner. These two stories are often cited as classic Batman stories. Are either or both of these your favorites from the 80s and 90s? Or is there some other story you want to call out as being the awesomest? There are of course the Frank Miller stories. There was A Death in the Family. There was The Son of the Demon, which even I loved, and which in fact is my personal choice as best Batman story from our era. There are No Man's Land and The Long Halloween.

What's your pick?

As a kid my only memory of Batman was the Adam West show, and the Superfriends I guess. When I got into comics as a teen I didn't really get into Batman. The Burton movie was okay. I had a friend who collected some Batman comics and mostly Elseworlds. So I remember Holy Terror and The Blue, The Grey and The Bat and such.

Later on I picked up The Dark Knight Returns and Digital Justice, a pair of alternate future Batman tales that seemed like a couple more Elseworlds to me.

The Death of Superman was the big event that got me into comics in a big way. Knightfall was the next big event and I liked it. I thought Bane's plan to break every Batman villain out of Arkham and make Batman fight them all in one night and then swoop in for the kill was brilliant. Unfortunately the rest of Knightquest and the return were not as good.

Later I read Venom, the story that set up Knightfall and it was kind of good, although I always wondered how Batman could grow a foot long beard in a month locked in the Batcave. Artistic license, I guess.

Much later I read Year One and The Killing Joke. I liked those pretty well. I think I read Son of the Demon or Bride or one of those that was a pretty good Ra's story.

I never became a regular Batman reader. I collected all the Elseworlds for a long time. I followed a little bit of Batman in the JLA and such. My friend collected Robin, Nightwing and Azrael so we were always on the fringe of the Batverse. I don't know why we didn't collect the main books. Too many, maybe?

I never got into the cartoon. I'd probably like it, just never got around to it.

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