Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Dark Knight sets a record

My deep and abiding love of superhero comic books lasted well into my 30s, when I had subscriptions to three Batman titles. It waned when many of the images became transformer-like grotesques, so I was thrilled to  discover belatedly that Batman in Frank Miller's 1986 The Dark Knight Returns series sported a new, female, Robin named Carrie Kelley! So perfect! Not only that, but a piece of interior art depicting them cavorting in the sky sold to an anonymous collector last May for nearly $.5 million, the largest sum ever paid for an original piece of American comic book art. “I’ve always loved that drawing,” Miller is quoted as saying before the auction. “Danced around my studio like a fool when I drew it. I hope it finds a good home.”

Did you read comic books as a kid? Which ones? If this is one of your guilty pleasures, or if you have kids in your life, you'll want to snap up The Best American Comics 2011 and/or The TOON Treasury of Classic Children's Comics. We also have an entire subcategory of fiction listings devoted to the vibrant new genre of graphic novels.
Academics are even getting into Batman lore: witness the Johns Hopkins U Press book Becoming Batman: The Possibility of a Superhero. (Does this guy not believe in suspension of disbelief?) 
In the realm of DVDs I highly recommend The Batman—Training for Power, which is Season 1, Vol. 1 of the animated tv show.

1 comment:

  1. How about Luke Cage: Hero for Hire (aka Power Man), where some guy called Nicolas Coppola found his stage name; Nick Fury, Agent of Shield; The Shadow; and the uber-duo Akbar and Jeff, who richly deserve their own screen treatment (my script's caught in Development Hell, along with, er, trademark issues with a reputed "The Ghost of Mary Pickford" survivor, reportedly last seen playing "Funkytown" at all hours)