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Snark Blocker – Batman is a People Person?

While it is hard to imagine, how else can you explain the guy meeting up with pretty much every fictional character out there?

Let’s take a look!

First off, for a guy supposedly anti-social, he had his own team-up book….

But beyond that, check out these one-shots and mini-series just about Batman meeting other fictional characters!

That’s not counting all the characters he met in JLA/Avengers…

and DC versus Marvel…

Then you add in all the characters he met as a member of the JLA…

And toss in the characters he met in his own title or their own title?

(and yes, Jerry Lewis technically is a real person, but THIS Jerry Lewis is really more of a fictional character)

And don’t forget television!

Wow, Batman sure is a people person!!

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every one of those issues look supremely awful.

What, no Batman Spawn?

What, no Batman Spawn?

I was so busy trying to think which one to use I forgot to use EITHER! :)

Don’t forget all the crazy guest-stars on the Adam West Batman show, who would pop out of windows while Batman & Robin climbed up buildings…which, hey, included Jerry Lewis again.

And there was an episode of Batman: TAS in which Batman met the Grey Ghost, who was voiced by Adam West. Man, that was surreal.

That issue where Batman meets the Shadow looks to be aces.

“looks aweful”

I dunno, Batman/Planetary, Batman/Punisher, Batman/Spawn and many others have some pretty good talent associated with them. IIRC Batman/Spirit was good too.

Love JLA/Avengers, Spider-Man/Batman (though not THAT Spider-Man/Batman), Batman/Cap, Batman/Spirit, Batman/Hulk (Garcia-Lopez rules!), and even that Sherlock Holmes story.

i want that batman / punisher one shot!!!

I forget who said this– for some reason I’m thinking it might have been Roger Stern– but someone at DC in the 90’s said, “Before anyone leaves DC, they find a way to do a Batman story.”

Hmm, I need to get that Batman/Starman/Hellboy book by James Robinson. Sounds intriguing.

every one of those issues look supremely awful.

I dunno, haven’t read all of them but most of those issues look at least fun. Except for Batman/Spirit, which I didn’t read but surely sucked storywise.

Batman/Hellboy looked supremely cool, if only because if anyone could draw an awesome, moody, creepy Batman, it’s Mike Mignola. I wanna meet that guy one day.

Since this is snarkBLOCKER, I’ll weigh in against “agent” and point out that Batman/Grendel is great, as well as Batman/Planetary (Jakita’s “Tell me you’re single.” is worth the cover price alone).

I like how mean that first B&B cover is to Batman. WAY TO GO BATMAN, I MEAN, COME ON.

I like the idea that everyone meets and hates Batman but they have too much respect for his mad skills at everything.

Of what I have read without in depth consideration:

Batman/Aliens: decent
Batman/Captain America: good
Batman/Hulk: don’t remember
Spawn/Batman: like Frank Miller, but barely remember this one
DC vs. Marvel: some of my first comics… hoo boy, barely remember, and on further research, don’t care!
Scoodby-Doo meets Batman: I can’t believe I remember this happening and still read superhero comics

Of what I read multiple times and considered:

Batman/Daredevil: good
Batman/Hellboy/Starman: good
Batman versus Predator: good, Batman versus Predator II: better, Batman versus Predator III: even better, the best… such good ART and writing… so good! READ 3!!!!
Punshier/Batman: Good++

If I can chime in, the Dixon Punisher/Batman is actually pretty good. Nice scene where Batman meets Jigsaw – who might as well be a Batman villain – and then Punisher meets Joker and it’s a totally different matter altogether.

And I mean Good++ for Batman/Punisher. Excellent. Even referenced in later Batman comics if I remember. Actually, I remember Batman vs. Predator III being referenced later in Robin comics. Even better.

In fact, if I remember, there were two Batman/Punishers. The first with Punisher vs. AzBat, the second Punisher vs. BruceWayneBat. Both good!!

That is the ++

I dunno, haven’t read all of them but most of those issues look at least fun. Except for Batman/Spirit, which I didn’t read but surely sucked storywise.

Well I know you have a vendetta against Loeb (and Darwyn Cooke?) but that comic was kickass and I think it even won the Eisner Award that year for Best Single Issue Story.

Yeah, I’m pretty sure that Batman/Spirit did win an Eisner. I’m not a Jeph Loeb hater like so many people online seem to be, but I was underwhelmed by that story. It was good, not great.

Most of these are a great deal of fun, though. I own about 75% of what’s shown here, and there’s something to like about all of them. And Batman/Grendel was written and drawn by Matt Wagner, and was my introduction to the character Grendel, which I now own every single issue and related appearance of. And to this day Batman and Grendel are two of my top 5 favorite characters, largely thanks to that crossover. Good, good stuff.

Don’t forget the animated The Batman vs. Dracula movie. It’s notable in that Dracula is probably the only other fictional character to have more crossovers than Batman.

Don’t forget the animated The Batman vs. Dracula movie. It’s notable in that Dracula is probably the only other fictional character to have more crossovers than Batman.

For that matter, don’t forget “Red Rain”…

I agree with Zee, Batman/Predator was really well done… B/P II was better… Still haven’t read III though…

I thought Batman/Spirit was fun. Not A+ material, but certainly B- or C+…

Batman/Planetary was brilliant for its multiple Batmen!

Batman versus Predator: good, Batman versus Predator II: better, Batman versus Predator III: even better, the best… such good ART and writing… so good! READ 3!!!!

I have to disagree here. Batman vs Predator is excellent – one of my favourite Batman stories. ~Batman vs Predator 2 and 3 were both fairly rubbish – but neither was as bad as the truly terrible JLA vs Predator

every one of those issues look supremely awful.

Wow, the snark blocker has a snarky first comment! You’re entitled to your opinion of course but I can assure you that at least Batman/Grendel, Batman/Spirit and Planetary/Batman were all pretty good. I don’t remember much about Batman/Punisher (don’t own it but I’ve read it when it came out) but at least the artwork was good.

As for Batman/Hellboy/Starman, thanks for posting this Brian, I never knew about this comic but I’m cranking up Ebay right away!

You know, beating up Aliens and Predators doesn’t really contribute the people person premise. Of course, now I want to see Batman being chummy with Aliens. I’d pay money for it.

Batman as a “people/person”. That slut! He’ll just team-up witn anybody and everybody!!! ;-)

The Spawn/Batman, Planetary/Batman, Batman/The Spirit, Batman/Hellboy/Starman, Grendel/Batman (and vice versa), and JLA/Avengers are my favourites.

But still, Batman is just such a slut!

;-)

Also, it seems that you forgot Batman/Lobo too.

And holy crap do i want to read the Planetary/Batman one.

Jerry Lewis looks disturbingly like Plastic Man.

Planetary / Batman, as noted, is great fun. The sad thing is, one of the best bits in the book is about two pages in (the description of the setting) and I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t read it.

Of the list:

Batman / Danger Girl is surprisingly good.
Batman / DD was a major disappointment.
Batman / Grendel I read when I was probably too young to get what was going on – I need to re-read that.
Batman / Cap was… well, good for what Byrne was going for, but I’d like to see Brubaker take a shot at it again now using the modern versions of the characters. Heck, wait until Dick’s under the cowl and you’ve got a really good story hook.

(Although it doesn’t count, wasn’t there a second Batman / Punisher with AzBats in the lead role?)

Batman / Hellboy / Starman is the best example of why Batman teams up with so many people… because of the sales. That one’s REALLY obviously a “well, no one will buy a Hellboy / Starman crossover… let’s stick Batman in to move copies!” situation. :)

As the non-snark answer, though… well, for a brooding loner he tends to hang out with a family bigger than most people’s.

No Batman/Houdini either. I’ve got the Batman/Hellboy/Starman ones but isn’t Batman only in it briefly or is it Starman?

Oh, and Batman / Spirit was great, but that goes without saying. Even if Batman does apparently have a massive hematoma over his left eye on that cover.

(Seriously, look at it – he’s supposed to be in profile, but there’s a big black blob on the left side of his face.)

There’s never been a Batman/Wolverine comic?

I want ALL of those Batman crossovers, except for the Spawn ones. Those were terrible.

The Batman/Spider-Man…the 2nd one is awesome, with Joker and Carnage..Carnage turns out to be a Joker fanboy. The first one, with Kingpin and Ras’al guhl was ok, but lacked the fun I wanted to see.

The Dixon Punisher/Batman..with Batman saving Joker from the Punisher is one of the best scenes Dixon’s ever done.

The McFarlane/Miller Batman Spawn was awesome. Grim & gritty Batman who wasn’t the crazy caricature he was at the beginning of ASBARTBW.

Batman/Punisher was a bit of a gyp since it was Azbats, not in the costume shown. FWIW, I don’t remember much else about it, so it wasn’t offensively bad, but not memorable, personally.

I also seem to remember Hellboy/Starman/Batman being a bit of a gyp. Batman ducked out late in issue 1 or early in issue 2, IIRC.

There’s never been a Batman/Wolverine comic?

Adventures of Dark Claw, of course!

Mutt: surprisingly, no…but they were amalgamted to form the awesome Dark Claw!

@The Mutt, they did merge!
Dark Claw was in “Legends of the Dark Claw” http://comicbookdb.com/issue.php?ID=13239 and “Dark Claw Adventures” http://comicbookdb.com/issue.php?ID=13238

Ah, I was beaten to it. But now you definately know Mutt!

Bats and Wolverine did fight (briefly, before being merged *again* into Dark Claw) in the All-Access! miniseries (during the Justice League/X-Men fight.) But otherwise, surprisingly there’s never been a whole story dedicated to starring these two. Maybe they couldn’t decide whose name was going to be bigger on the cover. ;)

Batman/Hulk had the Joker gain reality-warping powers from Marvel’s Shaper of Worlds (long before the same gimmick was used in Emperor Joker) and Batman actually beat Hulk (!) Ok, he used sleep gas, but even then he had to force him to inhale it by kicking him in the solar plexus. THAT I couldn’t swallow. Other than that, it was a fun but fairly minor story (it had good art, tho.)

I really don’t see what the big deal with Batman teaming up with other people is. I know he’s been wildly portrayed as everything from an antisocial jerk to a (just as annoying) can-beat-anybody hero, but in my book, he’s a guy with some issues (and very competent) but ultimately human. he’s certainly more social than Wolverine.

Planetary/Batman has my favorite line in any comic EVER…..(Drummer in reference to the appearance of the Adam West Batman) “There’s some kind of transvestite hooker running down the alley toward us”

Fan-freakin-tastic.

Man, is that Spawn/Batman cover crass, or what?

Well I know you have a vendetta against Loeb (and Darwyn Cooke?) but that comic was kickass and I think it even won the Eisner Award that year for Best Single Issue Story.

I LOVE Darwyn Cooke. But there’s no way it can be a good story if Loeb wrote it. Simply physically impossible. And Meltzer won an Eisner too, so it’s not a foolproof award.

I just have to say that was the most supremely awesome Snark Blocker I have seen in a long time. What a great way to end the year!!!

Now if I can just find those issues of Batman/Hellboy/Starman!!

Vincent Paul Bartilucci

December 24, 2008 at 3:35 pm

Batman / Grendel is the greatest inter-company crossovers, ever. I will hear no more on the subject! :-)

Batman / Spawn was spectacularly dreadful.

I liked Batman / Captain America quite a bit – the Joker / Red Skull confrontation was fun and I enjoyed Byrne’s handling of Robin and Bucky. Byrne’s Bucky needs a severe beating!

Batman / Hulk = great because Garcia-Lopez = great.

Wasn’t there another Batman / DD book with Two-Face and Mr. Hyde as the villains?

Batman and Wolverine? Can’t work. Y’see, Batman is cool and . well …

Let’s not forget Batman/ Deadman (written by Robinson & very good), Batman/ Phantom Stranger (great art by Arthur Ransom), Batman/ Green Arrow (even if that one wasn’t all that good), Batman/ Demon (not the worst comic I’ve ever read, but not great), Swamp Thing’s meetings with Batman (awesome), etc.

Who hasn’t this guy met?

Despite all of his antisocial rumblings, I think Batman IS a bit of a people person. He’s taken on several sidekicks, has long-term friendships with Alfred & Jim Gordon, not to mention his friends in the Justice League.

If you think about it, it makes sense. Bruce Wayne was robbed of his family as a child, and he’s spent the rest of his life creating other families around him.

Only thing I noticed was how many covers were Batman along with a Marvel Comics hero, which only goes to show DC COMICS = TEH SUXX0RS

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Batman and The Darkness was actually good. The funny part is that it’s considered canon in The Darkness. It does mainly focus on Jackie Boy, though. So it’s more of a Darkness comic with Batman making an appearance.

The Batman/ Planetary crossover is a good read and has some funny moments- especially what Snow tells Jakita at the end. And for those of you who don’t think Loeb is a good writer, you’ve given me a reason to be cynical this morning (and it’s Christmas morning at that). Go back to your Archie and Jughead books if you find Loeb beyond your reach. Seriously- go.

You heard the lady… there’s only two kinds of people in this world. Those who like Jeph Loeb comics and those who like Archie comics!

Make your choice!

Sorry, that may have been a little snarky for the snark blocker.

I’ll join everyone else in saying that Batman/Grendel and Batman/Hellboy/Starman are both great. Matt Wagner and James Robinson/Mike Mignola.

And as long as we’re pointing out great moments there is a pretty great moment in that JLA/WildCATS when the heroes are doing the usual preteam-up fight and Grifter decides to sit down and lean against the wall instead of fighting Batman.

I remember when Batman met me…

Batman: Who the hell are you?
me: What??? Are you dense? Are you retarded or something? Who the hell do you think I am? I’m the goddamn Wintershade.

I was unaware of the Batman/Judge Dredd (among a few others), I’d love to read that one. Great list.

“Batman” (heretofore known as “the goddamn bat man”) is SO overrated, gay and ineffective, it would take a team of brainwashing professionals and organized propaganda to convince a rationally thinking person otherwise… oops!

The goddamn bat man’s longevity is easily attributable to the stoopidity of the American public and the marketing guise of the goddamn bat man’s publishers to appeal only to the lowest common denominator.

nd for those of you who don’t think Loeb is a good writer, you’ve given me a reason to be cynical this morning (and it’s Christmas morning at that). Go back to your Archie and Jughead books if you find Loeb beyond your reach. Seriously- go.

I will. I believe Archie comics have more depth and intelligence, better dialogue and less plot holes than anything Loeb has ever written in his life.

There was a comic where batman fights the joker when the joker was wearing The Mask.

Batman/Punisher was a bit of a gyp since it was Azbats, not in the costume shown. FWIW, I don’t remember much else about it, so it wasn’t offensively bad, but not memorable, personally.

joshschr, the book shown is actually a sequel to that one (with Bruce, not Azrael) and acknowledges it: Castle doesn’t know for sure that Batman’s a different guy but notes that he’s oddly transformed himself from a reckless brawler to a trained soldier in between the two encounters. Answers your question too, Stephen, although I honestly never read the one with Azrael and have no idea if it measures up to the book shown. Merry Christmas!

> That issue where Batman meets the Shadow looks to be aces.

The Batman / Shadow story has what I thought a great little bit of an addition to the Batman origin. One day before the fatal trip to the theater, young Bruce accompanies his father to the bank. An armed robbery begins, but the crooks are confronted by The Shadow with his blazing .45s. The child Bruce is lying on the floor of the bank with his father, hands over his ears trying keep out the terrifying noise of the gun battle.

Years later when Batman meets The Shadow on a case and reveals to him he was one of Batman’s inspirations, the Shadow offers him one of his famous pistols to help him carry on the fight. But the experience with guns as a child (even aside from the shooting death of his parents) actually helped inspire him the *other* way — to never carrying or using firearms. He turns The Shadow’s gift down.

A good little story, but ignored in continuity for many years not so much because it was a bad idea, but because DC hasn’t had the rights to publish The Shadow in years, so they can’t mention him!

[…] other day, I did a piece about all the various fictional characters that Batman has teamed up with over the years. Well, […]

It’s true. Batman/Spirit is a good comic. Loeb writes some horrible stuff, but he can also crank out some winners.

Jeph Loeb has never written a winner. I admit, some of his work has been just mildly bad as opposed to outright terrible, but it’s never crossed that threshold into “good,” much less “winner.”

I was unaware of the Batman/Judge Dredd (among a few others), I’d love to read that one. Great list.

There were at least three Batman/Dredd crossovers… Bisley did the first, Then we had Greg Staples, Cam Kennedy, and damn it I’m sure there was a fourth now…

The Ultimate Riddle, and the Last Laugh are two I can think of from the top of my head…

All good fun… Law vs. Justice…

@T.

The Long Halloween

/discussion.

Also, Batman/Planetary was a bucket of fun!

@T.

The Long Halloween

/discussion.

Yup. More proof there’s never been a good Jeph Loeb book.

josh what are you talking about he was every bit the caricature in Batman Spawn that he is in all star.
Have to say the first Batman/Predator was excellent. Great atmospheric drawing by the Kuberts and a top story showing Batman as a tactiction.
The batman Grendel also stands out as one of the better ones. As much about the supporting players as the main protagonists. The quality of the others varied greatly

Missed one! Batman also appeared in the Comic Relief Comic (details here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comic_Relief_(charity)#Merchandise). I have it, but I can’t recall which other-company characters Batman interacted with in its pages!

Of course, there are the Batman characters that have their own meetings as well:

Batgirl/The Ghost
Catwoman/Vampirella
New Teen Titans/X-Men (which featurs the Dick Grayson/Robin)
Young Justice/Spyboy (which features the Tim Drake/Robin)
Joker/The Mask

Just for kicks, some silly ideas that popped into my head:

Batman / Archie – When his teen sidekick Robin is injured, he heads for Riverdale to recruit a new player. Here it is revealed that Batman took classes with Miss Grundy.

Batman/Teenaged Mutant NInja Turtles-

Gotham 24 : Batman/Jack Bauer- Watch them manipulate each other and make pawns of the rest of us. Ra’s Al Ghul has planted a biogas bomb in Gotham City and CTU needs to stop him.

Batman and Snake Eyes

Batman and The Lone Ranger

Batman and The Phantom

Batman and The Rock

===

And you know, I think someone mentioned it but I’m surprised no one has done BATMAN WOLVERINE. Have Jim Lee draw it and DC/Marvel have a surefire seller.

Batman / Spawn was spectacularly dreadful.

It was indeed, but the picture above is from Spawn/Batman which was great!

Go back to your Archie and Jughead books if you find Loeb beyond your reach. Seriously- go.

That’s ‘beneath’ not ‘beyond’

Only thing I noticed was how many covers were Batman along with a Marvel Comics hero, which only goes to show DC COMICS = TEH SUXX0RS

This is an English speaking forum. Also you’re talking crap.

Jeph Loeb has never written a winner

He did write one. The Challengers of the Unknown miniseries (collected as The Challengers of the Unknown Must Die) is great!

Batman Grendel is fan-freaking-tastic, if extremely dense.
Batman and Captain America was a big fun sammich with extra fun sauce.
Batman Deathblow surprised the hell out of me with how good it was.
Batman Hellboy Starman was pretty decent, but not as good as it should’ve been.
Batman Planetary was extremely groovy.
Batman Spirit was slight, but fun.
Batman Tarzan had nice art.

Vishal, he wasn’t the GODDAM Black Canary-humping Batman who would abandon Robin to the Batcave to eat rats. He called Spawn an “undisciplined punk”. His exchange with Alfred in the cave was laugh out loud funny. Nothing had to be blacked out.

The writing was pulpy, “two generals high-five” “he could have been a surgeon or a concert pianist” “bury this” (slightly misquoting, I’m sure), but it wasn’t the over-the-top characterization in ASBARTBW. This may be a Batman that was between his YO and ASBARTBW, but it wasn’t exactly either.

Vincent Paul Bartilucci:

Batman and Wolverine did better than team up, if I’m not mistaken after the Marvel vs. DC mashup there was a series of *amalgamation* books where they blended a Marvel and DC character together…

Batman + Wolvering = Dark Claw… or something like that… Imagine jet black wolverine suite with a cape and claws….

Oh back in the day!

Mike Blake posted:

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>Julian Posted:
> That issue where Batman meets the Shadow looks to be aces.
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The Batman / Shadow story has what I thought a great little bit of an addition to the Batman origin. One day before the fatal trip to the theater, young Bruce accompanies his father to the bank. An armed robbery begins, but the crooks are confronted by The Shadow with his blazing .45s. The child Bruce is lying on the floor of the bank with his father, hands over his ears trying keep out the terrifying noise of the gun battle.

Years later when Batman meets The Shadow on a case and reveals to him he was one of Batman’s inspirations, the Shadow offers him one of his famous pistols to help him carry on the fight. But the experience with guns as a child (even aside from the shooting death of his parents) actually helped inspire him the *other* way — to never carrying or using firearms. He turns The Shadow’s gift down.

A good little story, but ignored in continuity for many years not so much because it was a bad idea, but because DC hasn’t had the rights to publish The Shadow in years, so they can’t mention him!
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You’re thinking of the second crossover story of Batman and The Shadow [Batman #259, Dec 1974]. The crossover pictured above is Batman #253 (Nov 1973). In it, Batman finds himself on the trail of a counterfeit case that The Shadow has already been working on. The Shadow secretly tips off Batman to the source in Arizona, as well as providing assistance [both secretly and more openly] along the way. The Shadow and Batman don’t actually meet until the end of story though. Like the #259 story, the Shadow is older – as if he had aged in real time from the 30s & 40s when Street & Smith published the pulp mag, [i]The Shadow Magazine[/i].

Batman / Tarzan sounds an unlikely cross-over!

One of my biggest regrets was not picking up Superman Vs. He-Man when I saw a tattered copy of it about 10 years ago at a the local markets. It was a Black and white afair done by an Australian publisher (back when there where australian publishers). It seemed to be from the late 80’s and looked horrid. I would give anything to pay that measily 50c and pick it up now, boy it looked horrid.

There are four Batman/Judge Dredd teamups, all in-continuity (at least for Dredd, where some supporting cast members were killed).

There’s a trilogy featuring Judge Death/the Dark Judges teaming up with Bat villans, and another that’s almost an interlude featuring the Riddler.

As I recall they’re all written by John Wagner and Alan Grant, and all feature amazing art by a couple of different artists. They’re really, really good and available in a collected edition from DC.

Great post, it actually looks like batman is spending more time in the Marvel universe than his own DC universe!

The Superman/He-Man book was official DC. It came out in 1983.
The book you saw would have been a Federal reprint for Australian audiences (we didn’t get new comics shipped or have comic shops back then).

I am so glad someone else on this planet knows this comic exists. Taffysaur, thankyou.

i like the batman vs the preadator :D

That Batman vs. Punisher cover made me wish that one day JRJR will pencil for DC.

the Amalgam books were truly an abomination. They should be stricken from the record….

Great post, it actually looks like batman is spending more time in the Marvel universe than his own DC universe!

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