Friday, February 10, 2012


Why We Love Detective Comics


Not that there were a lot of them. But there was at least this one:

From Detective Comics #314.

There were probably more. In this one, Batman and Robin investigate a series of murders in "Movieland," which seems to be near Gotham City. There's a guy dressed up as a phantom. He's trying to kill a bunch of movie people for some reason. When Batman and Robin show up, he tries to stop them with movie-related items, such as the robot whale. And they stop him or something, quite possibly through some impossibly complicated ruse.

This was in 1963. They had been doing this stuff since 1938. It was way past time for somebody to say:

"Hey! Batman! Don't you know it's the Silver Age? Get a clue awready, Caped Crusader!"

Not that the Silver Age wasn't filled to the brim with dumb stuff. But it was different dumb stuff. Batman needed to get with it!


Monday, February 06, 2012


"Loch Lomond" by Annie Ross, from "Our Gang Follies of 1938."

"It Don't Mean a Thing" by Annie Ross. I think it's the same Annie Ross.

"American Idiot" by Green Day.

"First We Take Manhattan" by Leonard Cohen.


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