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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 8

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today is the last day of a three-day look at a classic Denny O’Neil/Neal Adams issue that has three cool moments that I just could not help but post separately.


When last we left Batman and Ra’s in Batman #244, Batman had just seemingly returned from the dead (thanks to an antidote-filled kiss from Talia) and shocked Ra’s.

After shocking Ra’s, Batman basically takes Ra’s out with one punch, and when he is surprised at how easy it was, Talia remarks that perhaps her father just recognized that Batman was basically his master.

She wonders whether Batman plans on taking her into custody as well…

Batman responds with the cool comic book moment of the day, in the fashion that Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams’ Batman acted like at the time (a style that Grant Morrison wished to use a bit of during his run on Batman)…

Awesome moment.

The post-script is cool, too…

Great ending.


I find it interesting how people say they like the O’Neil/Adams version, but seem to forget that they didn’t portray him as the completely repressed, obsessive ass that they want him to be.

Man, that is such a James Bond moment…

Bats did have a lot in common with Bond back then. Less so now.

Bernard the Poet

January 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm

This is my Batman. A little melancholic maybe, but not the ill mannered revenge-obsessed psycho, he is so often portrayed as these days.

This was the first Batman story I ever read. I found it while helping my dad clean out our garage. Needless to say, I didn’t leave the garage for a week after finding his huge stash of comics from this era. This should be the story you use to introduce someone to Batman…

Vincent Paul Bartilucci

January 8, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Talia makes so much more sense to me as a love interest for Bats than Catwoman ever did.

“I must! I am sorry!”

Man, that’s an awful line of dialogue. It reads like a comic ten years older than the one it’s in.

Ya, I usually love O’Neil’s dialog, but that was just terrible.

That’s pretty indicative of O’Neil’s dialogue around that time. His GL/GA run had tons of preachy moments and lame expletives from characters. It’s pretty much how everyone wrote back then (for superhero books).

I have to agree with stealthwise, for better or worse, that is pretty standard comic book dialogue for it’s time.

Yeah, “I MUST! I am sorry” is kinda lame, but overall it’s a fantastic story, well worth revisiting.
Especially by the writers who keep coming up with stories of a younger Batman creating the Matches Malone identity out of whole cloth…

maybe without the exclamation marks (!!) it would have sounded a little less soppy

i think there is a vein tapped here about overall tone versus dialog. if you compare even the best writers of this era, even the later silver/early modern age, the writing uniformly sounds stilted. almost anything today reads more natural. the beauty of these older stories is the overall vision and ideas and plotlines and moments, the never-done-before feel, as opposed to the dialog, which doesn’t stand up all that often. you have to find the groundbreaking nature of what Lee and Thomas and O’Neill and the rest were doing, rather than the words, to get why they are important. A good example is Miller, reading his early Daredevil, which i love, is not too different an experience than reading this..compare it to your fav writer of today, be it Bendis or whoever, and it is like night and day

I agree. this is my Batman. Too bad he doesn’t exist anymore.

Yeah this is the Batman that I loved reading, starting reading in the mid 60’s, was ok but this was mind blowing compared to what I read previously

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