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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 347

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!

We continue the Cool Christmas Comic Countdown with a Batman Christmas tale from Denny O’Neil, Irv Novick and Dick Giordano…


Irv Novick is an interesting artist. A lot of people know who he is, so it is hard to call him underappreciated, yet I dunno if people really got just HOW good he was and for SO many years.

Anyhow, in this neat tale from Batman #239, “Silent Night…Deadly Night,” (I got a kick out of having two stories named “Silent Night…Deadly Night” on back-to-back days) Batman is on the hunt for some guy who has been robbing Santa Clauses for a week or so. Eventually he captures the crook, who pleads his case to Batman…

After Batman comes to, he is tied down but manages to free himself, however he is “stuck” taking care of the man’s niece…

Isn’t that an awesome setup?

Aren’t you interested in seeing what happens next?

Go pick up this issue (or 1975’s Christmas With the Superheroes, a reprint volume which is where I got this from)!!!


Citizen Scribbler

December 14, 2010 at 1:35 pm

This setup is actually fairly humorous to me. The girl seems to be used to being left home alone, so she would’ve been fine in the 20 minutes or so it would take for Gordon to send a cop over there after Batman radios him from the Batmobile. And yet, Batman thinks she’ll be much safer if he speeds around on icy roads with her- AND CRASHES! They’re both stranded in a blizzard now and Batman’s telling the girl they need a miracle? For what? So that Batman can make sure to bring the child to the scene of a likely murder committed by her own father, traumatizing her for life?

The message of the story- DO NOT LET BATMAN BABYSIT YOUR KIDS! ;)

-Citizen Scribbler

Daniel O' Dreams

December 16, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Responsible guardianship was never one of Bruce’s stronger traits.

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