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75 Greatest Friends and Foes of Batman: Allies #10-6

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7. Superman

It shockingly took all the way until the 76th issue of Superman before Batman and Superman actually even MET! And HOW they met was hilarious – Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne had to share a room on a cruise!

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Soon after, the pair became inseparable, having monthly adventures in World’s Finest for the next few decades. And, of course, being Justice League teammates. They mostly liked to spend time just messing with each other, though, like the time that Superman let Batman know that he was replacing Batman as his partner with a new hero known as Nightman (“It’s the Night Man! The feeling so wrong it’s right, man!”)…

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Even after Crisis on Infinite Earths ended up with a new status quo where the two were not initially good friends, they slowly but surely became first allies and then friends (Superman even trusted Batman with a piece of green kryptonite if Superman ever needed to be put down) and eventually even regained their own team-up title, Batman/Superman.

In the New 52, they are once again teamed up together in their own title. I seriously can’t believe DC didn’t think to re-name World’s Finest “Batman/Superman” fifty years ago.

6. Catwoman

As detailed in her entry in the Villains list, Catwoman (created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson) was one of Batman’s most popular villains throughout the 1940s and early 1950s.

After making a comeback, of sorts, during the late 1960s and early 1970s, the early 1980s saw Selina Kyle make her longest sustained attempt at reforming.

First, as Selina Kyle, she began to date Bruce Wayne…

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Even after they broke up, though, Catwoman was now a legit costumed adventurer, teaming up with Robin and King Faraday for a mission in a far off land…

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Crisis reshaped Catwoman and gave her more of a hard edge. Even after she got her own ongoing title in the early 1990s, she was pretty much a hero but did not interact with Batman that often, except when the whole Bat-line of books would have crossovers.

That changed during “Hush,” when Batman and Catwoman gave their relationship a real go…

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She even tried to stop him from killing the Joker…

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Ultimately, though, the relationship stalled, partially, I presume, because of her then-ongoing book, where Ed Brubaker re-established her as the protector of Gotham City’s East End (it was a really good book).

In the new 52, Catwoman is once again primarily a thief, although still technically a hero, I presume (she and Batman have a physical relationship – friends with benefits, basically).

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But being that Damien’s a clone…there’s one thing misses at this kind of storytelling. He’s still not Damien.

I really like Spoiler, such a fun character.

Glad Catwoman outranked Superman.

More New Amalgam material for Iron Bat’s allies (and two foes):
-Spoiler was mixed with Sentry (Curtis Elkins) to make Alert (Stephanie Elkins), who later dates Mike Drake (Tim Drake/Michael O’Brien), the third Red Guard (Robin/Guardsman).
-Jason Todd was mixed with Justine Hammer to make Justine Todd, adoptive daughter of Oswald Hammer (the Penguin/Justin Hammer), the former 2nd Red Guard, and currently the Scarlet Cape (Red Hood/Crimson Cowl).
-Damian was mixed with Howard Stark II to make Howard Wayne II, son of Iron Bat and Bethalia Tou (Talia/Bethany Cabe).
-Superman, like the Amalgam Comics of old, was mixed with Captain America to make Super-Soldier.
-Catwoman was mixed with Madame Masque to make Madame Cat, daughter of Count Zeus (Maxie Zeus/Count Nefaria). Bethalia is her rival for Iron Bat’s affections.

Hey, guys, if you want to protect each other’s secret identities, maybe you should stop saying them out loud.

Steph/Spoiler was my number 1 – my favorite DC character. Such a good foil, especially for Tim Drake, but really all the Bat characters. Her sense of fun definitely sets her apart – WE know how fun it looks to swing through Gotham, but none of the characters seem to get it as much as Steph, making her a good audience insertion character.

Likewise, her moral outlook is pretty unique among the Bat family. She’s not even an anti-hero, she’s basically all around good, just at a more humanly attainable level than Bruce, Tim, Dick… so her presence sort of highlights what’s admirable about the other heroes, but also sometimes their ‘boyscout-ness,’ to amusing effect.

Like when she doesn’t think to pay for a soda in this convenience store she just saved:
http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2010/07/31/a-year-of-cool-comics-day-212/
These particular Chuck Dixon Robin issues are where I first began to really like the character, luckily Brian already covered them. Bonus material!

The only ones here I voted for were Superman and Catwoman. I do kind of enjoy Damian as a foil, but it’s always with the anticipation of just finding him annoying whenever he ultimately turns to the dark side. He seemed to be introduced as a plot device that could self-combust at any second rather than a character who’d be sticking around for the long term.

Steph’s Batgirl period was the only time I really enjoyed her, but that’s an outgrowth of my general disinterest in Tim Drake. I have nothing against Tim; I just don’t care about him.

Jason’s the only character in this batch that I flat-out dislike, though of course it’s inevitable that he’d show up on the list somewhere. I’m just mildly surprised it was this high. I would have expected him around the same level as Azrael, maybe a little lower. But I guess since he’s still being awkwardly shoehorned (or crowbarred) into the Bat-family in the New 52 despite everyone he knows hating him for generally being a scumbag, it shouldn’t surprise me.

joe the poor speller

May 3, 2014 at 11:25 am

glad to see steph this high. but, behind jason todd…

“They mostly liked to spend time just messing with each other, though, like the time that Superman let Batman know that he was replacing Batman as his partner with a new hero known as Nightman (“It’s the Night Man! The feeling so wrong it’s right, man!”)…”

I just know I’m gonna have that song stuck in my head all day… which is great, since I love it and the episode of It’s Always Sunny in which it made its first appearance

I agree it’s surprising Jason made it this high.
I rather liked Cluemaster when he first debuted. His theory that going up against Batman automatically puts you at a psychological disadvantage gave him an interesting angle (his goal was to unmask Batman, then kill him as ordinary man so there wouldn’t be the same feeling of facing the invincible Batman) but after that yeah, dullsivlle.

I voted for Steph at #1!

Yay, Steph!

It’s pretty baffling to me that Stephanie Brown and Damian Wayne would outrank Cassie. The interest in Spoiler always escaped me. She was just a tumor of Tim Drake’s, as far as I’m concerned. And she certainly wasn’t nearly as compelling as Cassie.

Damian… ugh, I guess it’s just a sign of how unfathomably popular Grant Morrison’s Batman run was. Even though the very concept of the character is unnecessary.

At least Supes outranked them.

Was Superman #76 written by Jerry Siegel? Wikipedia doesn’t tell when exactly Siegel-Shuster’s run ended.

@penguintruth: Comparing Stephanie and Cassandra is apples and oranges as Steph is a complete contrast to Cass attitude and personality wise. I can see why people would prefer a chirpy, more lighthearted Batgirl to a darker, brooding one.

As for Damian, Morrison just made him WORK even though he shouldn’t have by all logic and reason. I’m glad he beat out Todd. I wish even Steph and Cass had beaten him, locking him out of the Top 10 altogether.

been wondering if spoiler got on the list given how i thought she was an interesting character seldom used right. and amazed to see catwoman got a higher rank then super man for thought he would be close to the top five and catwoman as a ally like almost seven. plus thought jason todd said he was a red head not blonde in an issue of his solo series.

I love that shout out to Poison Idea in that Jason Todd panel. What an obscure-ish band to feature on a poster in a Batman comic. Love it!

I don’t know anything about Spoiler but the others are certainly understandable. I think Damian is my favourite Robin (although it seems proper that he is placed in the Robin hierarchy on this list where he is). Glad Jason made it this high.

Was kind of hoping we’d see Harvey Dent on this list, as his roles in Year One and Long Halloween were kind of fun, with him covering for and helping out Batman in cool ways. Not a lot of appearances to justify bumping some of these other folks, but still…did Harvey Dent get many votes?

Brian Cronin

May 3, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Harvey Dent did okay. Top 50, for sure. I am not positive beyond that.

The only thing I want to know is who will be number 1. Dick, Gordon, or Alfie

Catwoman was the only one of my picks on this one.

I reckon I guessed all the final 15 (after 35-16 were revealed) so it looks like BatCow is not going to make it

Glad to see my #1 vote for Steph didn’t go down the drain :)
If there was anything I wish I could have seen more of was Steph’s Batgirl teaming up with Damian more. Next would have been Steph and Cass as Black Bat teaming up. Oh why can’t DC do there own modern version of What if?

I’m surprised that, despite Catwoman being in both the heroes and villains lists, the only mention of the Earth-2 Selena’s post-costume relationship with her Batman was in her daughter’s entry.

I had Drake #7, Superman one place higher, and Damian Wayne one place higher. Damian Wayne is my favourite Robin. Loved the Dick as Batman and Damian’s Robin chemistry and stories.

Made a mistake there. Sorry, Brian.

Meant to say I voted for this go around: Damian Wayne (#8), Superman (#7) and Catwoman (#6)

Ironically, I didn’t vote in this poll at all, but I did vote back in 1988 to kill off Jason Todd. I actually had the issues of Batman and Detective where he originally became the new Robin and that was done well. But then the post-Crisis reboot just made him an annoying snot and I gladly voted to get rid of him. It was well worth the cost of the call, especially given how well-done Death in the Family was.

Anyone else unable to stand modern DC artwork?

Spoiler made the top ten???

Blimey!

I’m not huge fan myself. I definitely prefer Cassandra. (And I like oranges more than apples).

“It shockingly took all the way until the 76th issue of Superman before Batman and Superman actually even MET! And HOW they met was hilarious – Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne had to share a room on a cruise!”

Actually, SUPERMAN 76 (June, 1952), was not the first time that Batman and Superman met in the comics. Two prior encounters between Superman and Batman are ALL-STAR COMICS 7 (1941) and ALL-STAR COMICS 36 (1947). In ALL-STAR COMICS 7 they make a cameo appearance as “honorary” members of the Justice Society of America. In ALL-STAR COMICS 36, though, they actually go on a mission with the JSA.

From this list #10-6. I voted for Jason Todd (#5), Damian Wayne (#9), Superman (#10) and Catwoman (#7).

AverageJoeEveryman

May 6, 2014 at 10:34 am

I am much more attracted to Batman now that I know he is a “big boob”. Thanks Jason!!

Bill Williamson

May 7, 2014 at 7:34 am

I always thought that Damian was just Jason again, only better realised. They even kind of did the ‘Darker Robin, Lighter Batman’ thing with Bruce and Jason, Jason’s emo angsty-ness made Batman look cute and cuddly by comparison.

I only voted for Catwoman among these. Wait, Damian was a clone? Sigh. And reading the comments it seems like Spoiler made it because people either voted for her #1 or not at all.

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