Friday, July 13, 2012
GIGANTIC ROBOT CATS!!
This may be my nominee for BEST COMIC BOOK COVER EVER!
This is from Detective Comics #311, cover-dated January 1963. I don't have a copy of it. I just love that cover, though. "The Challenge of the Cat-Man!" And there's a giant robot cat swatting at Batman and Robin! And there's a dude dressed in yellow and orange riding the cat! And they're in a castle with green eyes on the walls!
I'm not really sure I need to own this issue. Just looking at the cover is almost too much awsomeness for a mortal mind to handle!
It's the first appearance of the Cat-Man, who appeared two more times in the next year or so (all in Detective Comics!) before disappearing for a decade or more. Batwoman also appears in this one. (Cat-Man falls in love with her. Which is what you did in the early 1960s when you guest-starred in the Batman comics.) And this is also the first appearance of Zook!
The Catman has been bouncing around in the DC Universe in recent years. (Writer Gail Simone seems to really like him.) But nobody has seen Zook for ages.
And what about that gigantic robot cat? It's just what DC needs right now.
BRING BACK THE GIGANTIC ROBOT CAT!!!