Wednesday, January 30, 2019

100-Page FAKES! presents: DETECTIVE COMICS # 451

100-Page FAKES! imagines mid-1970s DC 100-Page Super Spectaculars that never were...but should have been!

Although our most recent 100-Page FAKE! was an expanded edition of 1975's Detective Comics # 449, circumstances (i.e., my lack of a digital copy of 'Tec # 450) force us to skip ahead to # 451. I really liked 451's lead story "The Batman's Burden" when I was 15, and I think I picked it as my favorite story of the year in a questionnaire I filled out at the Super DC Con in New York the following February.

Reprints this time continue my newfound mission to reprise all of the stories from DC's short-lived Hot Wheels title. Today's FAKE! gives us the lead story from 1970's Hot Wheels # 2; that issue's backup story will appear in a near-future faux edition of Adventure Comics # 444. Golden Age adventures of Batman and Robin, the Golden Age Hawkman, and Mr. Scarlet and Pinky mingle with Silver Age tales of The Blue Beetle and The Elongated Man, with a solo Robin story from the real-world 'Tec # 451 wrapping things up.

The Batman in "The Batman's Burden!," Detective Comics # 451 (September 1975)
Hot Wheels in "Dragstrip Finals...Dragstrip Disaster!," Hot Wheels # 2 (May-June 1970)
The Batman and Robin (untitled), Detective Comics # 58 (December 1941)
The Blue Beetle in "The Madmen," Blue Beetle # 3 (October 1967)
The Golden Age Hawkman in "The Flaming Darkness!," Flash Comics # 104 (February 1949)
"Mr. Scarlet and Pinky Alarm A Firebug!," Wow Comics # 44 (June 1946)
"The Elongated Man's Other-World Wife!," Detective Comics # 332 (October 1964)
Robin the Teen Wonder in "The Parking Lot Bandit Strikes Again!," Detective Comics # 451 (September 1975)

Hot Wheels is copyright Mattel Inc., and everything else is copyright DC Comics Inc. The Blue Beetle and Mr. Scarlet stories are now public domain, while the rest can only be shown here in representative sample pages. That's a shame, because artist Alex Toth's Hot Wheels pages are just out-of-this-world great, man. My subscribers get to see the whole thing. We'll be back in a day or two with the above-mentioned FAKE! version of Adventure Comics # 444, and another phony Detective Comics should appear next week.

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