Sunday, June 15, 2008

Sunday Soliloquy

On Father's Day, a posthumous present for Dr. Thomas Wayne:

(Batman doesn't usually beat up aging gunmen, does he? "And here's a little something for yer arthritis, grampa!" I guess he's entitled in this case....)

Note that Batman says "his wife died from the shock." In this version of the story, Martha Wayne had a weak heart. That still didn't let Chill off the hook, though: an earlier caption says "that single bullet really killed two people...!"

Of course, Martha is killed outright in most other accounts, but that detail would've made this harder to use on, say, Mother's Day.

[From "The Origin Of The Batman!" in Batman #47, June-July 1948. Written by Bill Finger, pencilled by Bob Kane, inked by Charles Paris, lettered by Ira Schnapp. Reprinted in The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told (1988), with color reconstruction by Adrienne Roy.]

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