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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, culminating with the official 75th anniversary of Batman on July 23rd. We’ve done Batman covers, Batman characters, Batman creastors and now, finally, Batman stories!
You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 75 Greatest Batman Stories! Here are #40-36!
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40. “Dark Knight, Dark City” (Batman #452-454)
In this storyline by Peter Milligan, Kieron Dwyer and Dennis Janke, the Riddler finds himself possessed by the demon Barbathos, who has a unique connection with the history of Gotham City…
How amazing was that time lapse sequence by Dwyer? Just outstanding. I love the slow burn on this story, as the Riddler’s actions are just SLIGHTLY off until we realize why he is acting like such a maniac – the dude is possessed!
Grant Morrison directly used this story as the basis for the Return of Bruce Wayne.
39. “Where Were You on the Night Batman Was Killed?” (Batman #290-294)
David V. Reed, John Calnan and Tex Blaisdell (talk about a veteran team of creators at the time) told this Canterbury Tales style story where Batman’s greatest foes argue for the right to be deemed the TRUE killer of Batman…
It’s such a clever idea that it really stands out, especially during a time period not known for its long-form stories.
38. Gotham by Gaslight
Brian Augustyn, Mike Mignola and P. Craig Russell got together to give us the comic that pretty much launched the Elseworlds line of comics, as this graphic novel tells the story of Batman in the time of Jack the Ripper, with outstanding artwork from Mignola and Russell (a dream team if there ever was one)…
Go to the next page for #37-36!
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