Cartoon comic Batman

The Batman Adventures: The Lost Years by Hilary J Bader, Do Hampton and Terry Beatty

In the mid 1990s there was a really good Batman cartoon on TV. I didn’t watch it at the time ’cause I didn’t have cable but I remember the MacDonald’s toys being pretty cool. Anyway, not the point. The point is the show was really ¬†good. I mean obviously I like it ’cause it’s got Batman in it, but I think other people agreed that it was really good too, so it’s not even crazy fangirl goofiness. This show was pretty epic.

Anyway, it spawned this graphic novel which more or less explains what happened between the time Batman and Robin broke up. Which was pretty sad but lead to some good story. In the beginning we see Bruce relying on Barbara Gordon and Batgirl more and more as Dick gets increasingly frustrated with Bruce’s no compromise methods and being a grown up still wearing green underwear over his tights. So after a bit of a crisis involving Barbara’s identity being revealed to Bruce and not Dick (who she was dating. Opps) Dick runs off. Half the story is Bruce, Barbara and new recruit Tim Drake as Robin fighting and training together. Half the story is Dick scrambling around the world looking for people who will teach him to be awesome. Or more awesome.

Not particularly original or ground breaking or anything, but totally fun with a really solid, grounded look at Dick’s anger and his journey through it as well as Bruce’s stoic silence about everything important to him and to Dick. In a lot of ways this book’s strongest point is just the relationships. Like Barbara’s and Dick’s relationship was pretty dysfunctional, even though they loved each other. Then after Dick leaves Barbara gets what she wants – a chance to work with Batman, but at the cost of her friend. Alfred, poor Alfred, has done nothing wrong and is the only one who openly misses Dick but he continues to serve Bruce. It just felt a lot like a family. Sore and injured and isolated through love and loyalty and devotion.

Good times.

Last movie I watched: Most of Pitch Perfect. As far as chick flicks go, I approve of that one. A lot. The music is awesome.

Last TV episode I watched: 1970s Batman. Hilarious. Batmite. What the hell guys?

No wonder the internet is so full of Batman and Robin slash

The Dark Knight Archives Vol 1 by Bob Kane (kind of ’cause he co-invented Batman but each story was written by a different authors)

So this book is a lovely pile of Batman and Robin stories from 1940 and 1941.

Man are they hilarious.

I mean, like super funny.

Although it does make me question how Batman survived as long as he has.

Some of the most hilarious moments include obvious attempts at brainwashing kids into staying away from crime (seriously, was this a huge problem in the 1940s? Was everyone sitting around waiting for their big chance to become gangsters or enforcers?), Bruce and Dick’s relationship drifting into the accidentally sexual all the time (seriously, I guess maybe the word choices didn’t have the same implications that they do now but not that many people would use “lithe” to describe a boy wearing nothing but underwear and a cape any more) and the didactic stories (Bruce builds a gym and has Dick infiltrate a Oliver Twist-esque gang of street kids to teach them about fair play) versus the completely laughable ones (pirates?!).

Also, Batman kills people.

Anyway giggles were had. I’m not sure any sane human without like a 300% nerd factor would ever really want to read this book but if you are that much of a nerd, totally go for it.

Last movie I watched: Hercules and Xena: Battle for Mount Olympus. YES THAT WAS A THING THAT HAPPENED.

Last TV episode I watched: Currently watching Ellen talk to Halle Berry. It’s okay I guess.