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Every week, I will spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature.
Today we take a look at the fiftieth anniversary of a story that the comic itself claimed was the story of the year – the time that Batman was transformed into a baby!
Yep, 1962. It had the first appearance of the Amazing Spider-Man, but the story of the year was definitely Batman #147, written by Bill Finger and drawn by Sheldon Moldoff and Charles Paris. Don’t believe me? Check out the cover!
It says so right there on the cover! Duh!
So anyhow, this classic tale begins with the dynamic duo encountering…Garth the scientist?
I love that the dude is just plain ol’ “Garth.” Not even Dr. Garth. Just Garth.
“I never thought that there’d be a time you’d carry me in your arms like a baby. I hoped. I dreamed. But I never thought it would ever happen!” The Gotham Gazette has a strange layout for their front cover.
I love how logical Batman makes the next page sound…
Oh, of course, Batman. That makes perfect sense.
So now Bat-Baby and Robin kick some ass as crime-fighters again. Then comes my favorite scene of the story…
Beyond the greatness of using a silhouette like that, I love Bruce’s idea for how he’ll later explain it. “Oh, that was just my cousin I was making out with.” I see Batman and Superman have similar ideas when it comes to cousins.
By the by, no wonder Batman is such a great detective. He realizes he is more inconspicuous while dressed like a normal kid than when dressed like Bat-Baby.
Finally and sadly, all good things have to come to an end…
How do you think Batman handled the clothes situation? Stripped down naked before he used the machine? Let his clothes tear and THEN changed clothes?
Thanks to reader Drunken Fist for suggesting that I feature this one. It was in the queue, but his reminder pushed it up to the top spot!
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