75 Greatest Batman Writers and Artists: Writers #20-16
In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman, culminating with the official celebration of Batman’s anniversary at the end of July. The last installment will deal with Batman stories, but this month will be about Batman’s writers and artists (40 artists and 35 writers).
You all voted, now here are the results! Here is a master list of all the writers and artists featured so far. We continue with Batman writers #20-16.
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20. David V. Reed
David Vern Reed (the comic book pseudonym for David Levine) had an unusual tenure on the Batman books, in the sense that he had two distinct stints on Batman, separated by roughly two decades!
He first began writing Batman comics in 1950, doing a number of notable stories, like re-introducing Joker and Two-Face after they had been out of the book for a couple of years. He also introduced the Bat-Plane and the villain known as Deadshot. Reed, though, grew tired of writing comic books and left the industry entirely to concentrate on his prose work.
He returned to comics in the 1970s and returned to Batman specifically in 1975, writing a number of memorable stories, none more memorable than the classic “Where Were You On the Night Batman Was Killed?” storyline…
That classic Canterbury Tales send-off was a rare example of a longform Batman story at the time (even the great Ra’s Al Ghul introductory storyline was not a dedicated four issues in a row like this one).
Soon after that story was finished, though, Reed decided to quit comics again. He passed away in 1989.
19. Archie Goodwin
Archie Goodwin’s first stint on the Bat-books was only a year, as he edited Detective Comics from 1973-1974 and wrote a number of stories, including the classic tale “Deathmask.”
Still, even in his short stint (which also included him introducing the Manhunter as a back-up in Detective Comics along with artist Walter Simonson) he made a huge mark, as you’d think that Goodwin wrote dozens of Batman stories the way that his 1970s work is so well remembered.
When he returned to DC Comics in 1989, while he continued to write the occasional tale, his influence was felt greater on the editorial side, as he was the editor of Legends of the Dark Knight and other special projects. Goodwin was a creative force and as an editor, he helped bring about a number of unique mini-series and graphic novels featuring Batman, all while being one of the nicest guys in all of comics. He sadly passed away in 1998.
18. Bob Haney
After Batman became the permanent lead character of The Brave and the Bold and the book officially became “Batman Team-Up,” Bob Haney wrote the series on a more-or-less regular basis for the next fourteen years. The title essentially became his own personal fiefdom where he didn’t have to worry about matching other titles or paying attention to continuity. He had, in effect, his OWN personal continuity – the continuity of The Brave and the Bold, an outlandish but extremely fun continuity of stories.
A particular favorite of Haney’s, it seems, was Plastic Man. Here is his first Brave and the Bold team-up story by Haney…
Haney was awesomely odd.
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