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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 251

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 we look at a cool issue of Detective Comics spotlighting Harvey Bullock…

In Detective Comics #651 (written by Chuck Dixon and drawn by Graham Nolan), Harvey Bullock is “forced” to turn to Batman for help when he keeps getting death threats. He asks Batman to find out who it could be (and there are TONS of suspects). In the meantime, we get a nice spotlight on Bullock’s life – his pigsty of an apartment, his annoying landlord, his love of doughnuts, his distaste for Batman (and especially his distaste for asking Batman for help).

In any event, Batman thinks he has a good suspect…

I thought that this was well-handled all the way through – a “done in one” story rather than a “filler” issue.

Good stuff.


Pretty cool Batman story overall.

Another excellent story adapted into a fun episode of BTAS

I remember that episode. A lot of fun. Great moment.

even thought i always thought bullock was a over bearing stuffed shirt loved how he swallowed his ego and asked batman for help. that and when batman kept saying you think its over bullock starts to put two and two together.

Which Batman episode was this?

I remember another Spotlight on Bullock pre-Crisis that was pretty cool also.

“A Bullet for Bullock” was the name of both stories, I think.

Do Bullock’s neon lime green pants get their own moment later on this list? They’re perfect for sneaking up on criminals with a shotgun.

A Bullet For Bullock! I love this comic!

Graham Nolan was a hell of a Batman artist.

I love the B:TAS episode, but had no idea it was based on a comic. Maybe that’s a new top 5 list, best episodes of B:TAS/TNBA based on comics (and graphic novels, so you could include “Mad Love” and “Dark Knight Returns”)…

I always liked Bullock’s character. He’s a good cop, he’s just a jerk at the same time. Having a regular cop hating Batman makes sense, too. Always loved his portrayal on the animated series. I think it would be great if he showed up in a new movie sequel. He’d fit nicely into Nolan’s Batman.

In Batman Begins, I remember first thinking that fat corrupt cop was going to be named Bullock. Then in The Dark Knight I expected the hispanic woman cop would be Montoya. It was good that they weren’t since they both were more or less bad.

I loved this story when I read it. I liked the ending of the BTAS episode better, though. Batman’s look of disgust and telling Bullock “you have enough problems,.” very cool.

I am all for a list of top cartoon episodes that directly adapted comic book stories. This would need to be on that list along with “For The Man Who Has Everything” from JL Unlimited.

I was pretty sure that “that fat corrupt cop” was Flass from Year One–and that’s who it was based on.
But Bullock would be cool to see in a movie.

Huh. A Bullet for Bullock is one of my favorite B:TAS eps, but I never knew it was based on a pre-existing comic book story. I’ll have to check this out.

I miss Graham Nolan. I know he’s doing one of the comic strips for newspapers but I’d like to see him come back and do an issue or 2 of Batman

I’m all for an article of TV adaptations of comic stories, too. Didn’t B:TAS also have “Joker’s Millions” or whatever the title is? Some guy leaves Joker millions of dollars, but it all turns out to be counterfeit, I believe.

I’m glad someone mentioned that this one was a BTAS episode, because reading it felt familiar, but I couldn’t place where I knew the story from at all.

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