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In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman. Future installments will deal with Batman creators and stories, but this month will be about Batman’s allies and his villains. Here is a list of all the characters revealed so far.
You all voted, now here are the results! Here are the good guys! For the first day of the allies, we’ll open with ten characters and the installments will get smaller as we countdown to #1.
Amusingly enough, the first three characters were all members of the Outsiders with Batman…
Created by Bob Haney and Ramon Fradon, Metamorpho was known for years as the superhero who just didn’t fit in with other superheroes. He was just too oddball. He even turned down a chance to join the Justice League, the first person to do so! So that was why Mike Barr felt that he was the perfect member for Batman’s new group of Outsiders, as he wouldn’t fit anywhere else…
34. Black Lightning
Black Lightning, created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden, ALSO turned down the Justice League when they asked him to join. Black Lightning had teamed up with Batman in the past and Batman admired him. So when Batman needed someone to go undercover on a rescue mission to save Lucius Fox, he thought of Black Lightning (who had retired and stopped using his powers after a young girl was tragically killed in the crossfire of a fight he was in). Batman got Black Lightning past his fears and he became a longtime member of the Outsiders…
One of three original Outsiders created for the title (by the book’s original creative team, Mike Barr and Jim Aparo), Katana and Batman had a lot in common (they were both dark loners). Katana was haunted by the fact that her husband’s soul was possessed by her katana. Recently, a variation on the Katana character appeared as Batman’s sort of sidekick on the Beware the Batman cartoon series.
Katana and Batman oddly enough didn’t exactly have a ton of scenes together during their time as teammates on the Outsiders, so instead I’ll just give you some awesome early Alan Davis pages featuring her…
32. Harold Allnut
Harold was a technological genius who got caught up with the wrong crowd (after debuting in Denny O’Neil and Denys Cowan’s The Question series) and ended up working for the Penguin. Harold was mute and was a hunchback. After Batman foiled Penguin’s scheme (as Batman is wont to do), Harold ended up on the run. Batman ended up taking Harold in…
He then spent the next few years assisting Batman, building gadgets and machines for him. He sort of disappeared for a while and then he was killed off during the Hush crossover (let us not speak of what happened to Harold in that storyline).
Deadman (created by Arnold Drake and Carmine Infantino) has a very special place in Batman history. When he appeared in Brave and the Bold #79, that was the first time that Neal Adams had ever drawn Batman. Awesome, right?
Deadman and Batman have teamed up many more times over the years, as they have a similar vibe (both pretty dark characters, but with a certain amount of light to them). Doug Moench, Kelley Jones and John Beatty had a great three-parter with Deadman during their run on Batman…
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