Tuesday, June 25, 2019

100-Page FAKES! presents: BATMAN # 262

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

This is the first time the 100-Page FAKES! spotlight has fallen on a single superhero, and of course the hero in question is The Batman. In 1975, Batman # 262 represented the end of the 100-Page Super Spectacular format, as Batman (like DC's other remaining 100-page titles) shrunk its format. This one was still considered a "Giant," but a considerably smaller Giant than the Spectaculars that preceded it. Batman would become a regular-sized comic book with the next issue.

To make this into a 100-pager, we take Batman # 262's then-new Batman versus The Scarecrow story and its reprints of the two-part "Round Robin Death Threats!" from 1967 (the latter story still the only reason I ever knew the year that the Battle of Hastings occurred), and add a Golden Age story from 1941 and a team-up of our Dark Knight with The Phantom Stranger, first presented in a 1971 issue of The Brave And The Bold. The Brave And Bold adventure is a milestone in Batman's history: this was the first Batman story illustrated by the magnificent Jim Aparo. Aparo would go on to draw a lot more Batman stories after that, earning a reputation as one of THE all-time great Batman artists.

The Batman in "The Scarecrow's Trail Of Fear!," Batman # 262 (April 1975)
The Batman and Robin in "The Round Robin Death Threats!," originally presented in Detective Comics # 366 (August 1967)
The Batman and Robin in "Where There's A Will--There's A Slay!," originally presented in Detective Comics # 367 (September 1967)
The Batman and Robin in "The Stone Idol!," Detective Comics # 56 (October 1941)
The Batman and The Phantom Stranger in "Mansion Of The Misbegotten!," The Brave And The Bold # 97 (October-November 1971)

Everything is copyright DC Comics Inc., and shown only in sample pages; my subscribers see the whole phony book. I think I'll do at least one more Batman 100-Page FAKE!, picking up with the next issue's return of The Riddler.


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