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The author of the book: Jim Aparo
Edition: Urban Comics
Date of issue: August 30th 2013
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I'm BATMAN. No, I'm not, but who doesn't love to say that? Or love Batman for that matter? In my lifetime, I think it's fair to say Batman has overtaken Superman as the biggest Superhero on the planet, and certainly the biggest in DC Comics. The Shallow Comic Readers Buddy Read this week is all about that Bats, no trouble.

This is a gigantic 500pg collection of DC's The Brave and the Bold book, which was a Batman team-up showcase for many many years, but this one focuses on the early-mid 70s, and the work of artist Jim Aparo, and writer Bob Haney. It's not often you see the artist credited before the writer, but Aparo's Batman is one I'm very familiar with, and represents the Batman I first encountered, and even in the late 80s and early 90s I was seeing Batman art that looked just like this.

Haney isn't the best Bat-writer, and some of his 70s Jive talkin' slang is terrible. Also, some of his characterization of Batman is off, and he comes across as a bully, or incompetent, or threatens to kill people almost every second issue. He also uses guns more than once here, but of course it's covered by saying it was just blanks, or a smoke grenade, but still, the damage is done to his credibility. That being said, it's still got a lot of imaginative stories, which make up for some of the ridiculousness.

As I mentioned, this is a Batman book with lots of team ups. I'd say 75% of DCs roster shows up here in an adventure with Mr. Bats, and that's one of the joys of this book. However, remember 1970s Batman is not the Batman we all know and love today. This is pre-Dark Knight, pre-Michael Keaton and Tim Burton, way pre Christopher Nolan. This stuff is 40-45yrs old.

If I covered everything here, this would be the longest review ever, so instead, I'll just give a brief summary of the team ups and some story lines. This Batman also seems unhinged, but not in a cool way, just a jerk way, like he tells people to kill others, doesn't get bothered when they do, and the body count is probably worse than in some modern books, all from Bat-negligence...luckily, Aparo's artwork is enough to keep you interested, and it's familiar enough to anyone who read any DC books from the 70s-80s.

1-Batman and the Phantom Stranger versus a Satanic Cult.

2-Batman out of commission, gets Robin to gather Black Canary and the Greens (Lantern and Arrow) to fight a drug smuggling ring.

3-Bats and Metamorpho (a Haney creation actually!) fight to stop "Bounty Hunter".

4-Bats calls in the Teen Titans (Robin, Kid Flash, Speedy, Wonder Girl) to relate to some "Ghetto Kids" and help save their neighbourhood from bad guys. (this one is particularly tasty period language!)

5-Bats and Deadman take down a plastic surgery clinic for criminals.

6-Bats and Wonder Woman (non-powered, Mod Girl Diana Prince Version) help some Spanish/Latin revolutionaries.
(a particularly racist interpretation of Latin peoples!)

7-Batman and Green Arrow versus Two-Face!

8-Batman and Black Canary vs. Hijackers in Mexico (more ethic stereotyping!)

9-Batman and Sgt. Rock vs. reincarnated Hitler!(or is it?)

10-Batman and Etrigan the Demon vs. a Swamp Thing-like Sea Monster/Man.

11-Batman and Wildcat vs. Industrial Espionage

12-Batman and the Joker Team Up!!! Yes you read that right!!!

13-Batman and Mr. Miracle discover the secrets of Ancient Egypt

14-Batman and Commissioner Gordon are retired by Gotham's new mayor and replaced by the Metal Men

15-Batman and Aquaman save Gotham from a Hydrogen Bomb. (Mostly Aquaman, who actually gets the credit too! - Anne, I know you'll love and treasure's The Brave and the Bold #114)

16-Batman in a coma, the Atom steps into Batman's shoes and saves a kidnapped heiress (very creative even if the science behind it is sketchy at best)

17-Batman and the Spectre stop an Indian (Kali) Death Cult

18-Batman and Sgt. Rock, Sgt. Rock goes nuts, and Bats must get to the bottom to save Rock's career and life!

19-Batman and Wildcat are forced to fight each other by the the death!

20-Batman and Man-Bat team up to return an escaped prisoner from a tinpot dictatorship (choice name: the Black Napoleon!)

21-Batman is sent forward into the future, after the nuclear apocalypse, to team with Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth, in a sort of Planet of the Apes style story. (very creative, other than the completely stupid lack of understanding about radiation - Batman can swing OVER the ring of Radiation, it won't affect him that way!)

22-Batman and the Metal Men have to stop some "Injuns" from destroying the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution...(Bicentennial story, they both were on a train with Batman). Some more choice racism here...Redskin, Paleface, etc. etc.

23-Batman and Swamp Thing team up to stop a Biological Disaster in Gotham. Swampy does all the work, Bats gives him credit. This is one of the best of the bunch.

So there's a LOT that goes on here, and most of it ignores continuity, but then again, this was before the days of yearly retcons and "events" to shake things up. I like that they just told stories. That being said, this Batman spends far too much time alongside Gordon and the GCPD, almost like a member of the police himself. Even so, he insults everyone around him all the time, Gordon a lot, and other heroes a fair bit too...funny enough Aquaman and Swamp Thing seem to be the ones who get treated the best...but they also save Gotham almost single-handed even without Bats.
I realize that what's racist now was acceptable back in 72-75, but it still stops you in your tracks to think, gee that was 40+yrs ago, but only 10 or so years into the civil rights ya, Women don't get the best treatment here (Black Canary especially is kinda odd being a strong female but also being made to be stereotypical as possible). I would have liked a Martian Manhunter, Superman, Flash story team ups, instead of having 2 stories about Sgt. Rock, Metal Men, Wildcat...but I also like that there's people who would be considered fringe characters today in DCU being alongside the Caped Crusader.

Oddly enough, the "Masked Manhunter" as he's called in nearly every story, uses the word "Hyena" a lot...a LOT, like calling people Hyena instead of Bastard, or Coward, or insert whatever else word you like...apparently there were lots of Jive Hyenas in the 60s...I'm just glad we didn't see any 70s style Luke Cage stuff, but the noticeable part was the entire lack of Black people at or two but not much...

It's a fun look back at pre-Miller/pre-Denny O'Neill Batman of the early mid-70s. Things like super fuel, energy crisis, Cold War, Nuclear War, etc. all influenced the stories they told.
I found this a very interesting counterpoint to the late 60s just into the 70s Fantastic Four collections I read a few weeks ago...I feel like I almost owe Stan Lee an apology, because his characters grew a LOT, and his discrimination started to fade, but this book, which is a few years newer, doesn't really feel like it's all that much progressed, so I want to read Marvel books from 72-75 and see for myself...

So on the whole a fun collection, and it's in COLOUR! I dock one star for the version of Batman that Haney writes who's just going so against things, it's like seeing Superman wear Orange or something...

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