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BAT-MONTH CONTINUES – BATMAN IN WHO’S WHO DAY 4 [Jul. 8th, 2011|11:42 am]
Michael Bailey
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Originally published at FORTRESS OF BAILEYTUDE. You can comment here or there.

Bat-Month continues here at the Fortress with the fourth and final day of my look at Batman in Who’s Who!

Oddly enough I don’t have much to “say” about this entry.  I have gone on and on in previous posts about how much I love the Loose Leaf Format Who’s Who series, so I don’t want to go over that ground again.  Also Batman was in a pretty good place when this entry was published in the final issue of the initial Loose Leaf series.  Harold was building gadgets in the Batcave.  Tim Drake was firmly established as Robin.  The books were by no means boring but they were dependable as far as following them on a monthly basis.

There are two aspects of this entry that stand out for me, though.  The first; Norm Breyfogle’s art.  For a while there in the early nineties Norm was the Batman artist.  His visual take on the character was amazing and the man had mad storytelling skills.  I went through a period where I was a bit critical of the latter part of his Batman run but these days I can’t find too many negative things to say about Norm’s work.

The second thing is that last paragraph before the Powers and Weapons section.  It is kind of interesting that Mark Waid actually put the whole “Batman is the real guy and Bruce Wayne is the mask” idea into an official Who’s Who entry.  This is something I would normally expect to hear from a creator describing their take on the character or fans arguing either in the comic shop or online.  Silly as it may sound putting it in Who’s Who makes it official.  That’s just kind of…weird.  Not in a bad way, mind you.  Just…odd.

Alrighty, loyal readers that is it for the Batman entries.  Next week I am going to be showcasing the people that have assisted the Dark Knight over the years with Partners and Allies Week.  We’ve got three…count them THREE Robins, a Batgirl, an avenging angel and some of the fine members of the Gotham Police Department so be sure to come back on Monday to see what I have in store for you.

More to follow…