by the Multiversity Staff
Today is “Batman Day”, a day set to celebrate 75 years of the Caped Crusader created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, and while all of Multiversity comes from different places and has different interests, one thing is certain: we all have a Batman story that interests us. And after 75 years, that makes sense, and with stories being told as comics, cartoons, movies and more, Batman’s stories have run the gamut of good, bad and everything in-between.
To celebrate the day, a number of our staff writers shared their favorite stories from the character’s first 75 years, and while we haven’t covered everything – oh, hi there “Dark Knight Returns” – we have hit a nice cross section of the things that make Batman special as a character. Take a look below, and if you think we missed something, please share it in the comments! We’ll be checking this thread all day.
by Chad Bowers
This month marks the 75th Anniversary of Batman, and it’s got us thinking about the Caped Crusader a lot these days. And we’re not alone. We’ve seen some stellar pieces discussing the character’s longevity, and of course, the obligatory rankings of the best Batman comics and movies. But what stands out to us more than anything is Batman’s reach outside of comics. He’s one of the most recognizable fictional characters on Earth, and responsible for generating mass amounts of memorabilia every year. With that in mind, we thought we’d look back at some of the most interesting and important Batman toys and games of the character’s first 75 years. Feel free to share your favorites in the comments.
Note: our list won’t be including any Batman-themed guns, because… well, Batman hates guns, and we hate writing about them. Nor will it cover any international Batman toys. Seriously, we have to sleep sometime.
by Greg Matiasevich and Mike Romeo
Welcome, citizens, to this week’s installment of Multiver-City One! Each and every Wednesday we will be examining the latest Prog from Tharg and the droids over at 2000 AD, and giving you all the pertinent information you’ll need headed into this week’s Thrill-Zine! We’ll get to this week’s Prog in a sec, but before we do, we have a special note to pass along from Tharg himself!
by Mike Romeo
For this week’s episode Mike welcomes Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare to the show! Amy and Brandon have been working together for a few years now, most recently having completed the first volume of their creator owned series Rocket Girl over at Image Comics. What’s an artist’s motivation for selling original art? How open should creators be with one another in regards to pay and contracts? How do creators stay motivated and not lose steam? Is Klaus Janson’s name pronounced with a “J” or a “Y” sound? We cover all this, and more! Rocket Girl volume one is availavble right now wherever finer comic books are sold.
This week, Batman celebrates his 75th birthday and as tribute we at Multiversity are celebrating with looks at our favorite appearances of Batman! Read on here!
by David Harper
- I think you are probably getting sick of me talking about it by now, but this mini Batgirl comic by Cameron Stewart about the viability of her outfit for combat is completely genius, and a great example of exactly how well everyone involved with “Batgirl” has handled the announcement. Love it.
Read more new here
Greg Hinkle is a Los Angeles based artist who recently Kickstarted his original horror graphic novel “The Rattler” with Jason McNamara, and will soon be launching “Airboy” with James Robinson at Image. Check out his website, and follow him on Twitter (@greg_hinkle).
Greg’s uncolored piece will be auctioned off later this summer to benefit Bill Mantlo. Stay tuned for auction information!
by David Harper
One of the books I’ve been looking forward to the most since January’s Image Expo was the return of Nick Dragotta, Saul Griffith, Joost Bonsen and Ingrid Dragotta’s “Howtoons”, a comic that isn’t just a comic, but an educational science how-to comic. The web series had earned a lot of publicity for teaching kids science through experiments laid out in one-page comics, and when given the opportunity to bring it back as a mini-series at Image, Nick couldn’t resist the opportunity.
Bringing in the all-star team of Fred Van Lente, Tom Fowler, Jordie Bellaire and Rus Wooton, this new mini-series – titled “Howtoons: [Re]ignition” – finds Tuck and Celine confronting a powerless future without their parents after a corporation made a rather large mistake in an attempt to defray the evils of the sun. I’ve read the first issue, and it’s a whole lot of fun, and perfect for readers of all-ages.
Today, I’ve got a conversation with both Fred and Nick about [Re]ignition, and why this project is such an important one to the both of them. Tom was on vacation, so he didn’t have time to participate, but don’t you worry: we’ll be running a special edition Artist Alley with him on August 6th, the day of release. Thanks to both Fred and Nick for the conversation, and if you want to learn more about “Howtoons” and this project overall, take a look at my previous conversations with Nick and both Fred and Tom, and pick up this book, folks!