Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Branching out to something different. I get into the independent comics a lot. But this time I'm going to mainstream DC Comics, even though I'm a Marvel Zombie from way back. One of the most popular in recent years is Batman's nemesis Harley Quinn. I must admit, this is one of my guilt pleasures in the more recent age of comics.

Here's Bruce Timm's Harley along with how she was portrayed in the Suicide Squad movie. 
Batman long time nemesis was the Joker and his heartthrob was the precocious Harley Quinn. She took the world by storm with her first appearance as a character in the Batman: The Animated Series television cartoon.

What I have here is Batman Adventures #12, her first appearance in the printed comics. She did not appear as a character in the "real" DC universe until Batman: Harley Quinn the 1999 series no number, six years later.

So here we go with the fabulous, extremely sought after Batman Adventures DC comic book.

Batman Adventures #12
"Batgirl: Day One"
Babs goes to a costume party dressed as Batgirl and winds up foiling a kidnapping by Quinn and Ivy and a diamond heist by Catwoman.
Story told in three acts.
Act One: Ladies Night (7 pages).
Act 2: If the Suit Fits! (8 pages).
Act 3: Out of the Frying Pan! (7 pages).

Written by Kelley Puckett with art by Mike Parobeck & Rick Burchett.

This issue was first reprinted in Batman: The Collected Adventures Volume 2. This trade paperback featured a wraparound cover and an introduction by Bruce Timm. This book reprints Batman Adventures #7 - #12.

A few years later, it was again reprinted in the Batman Adventures #2 trade paperback. This book reprints Batman Adventures #11 - #20. So, if the comic book is out of your reach, there are alternatives.

I've also enjoyed Amanda Conner's take on Harley Quinn.
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Friday, January 27, 2017


 The Charlton Comics version of Captain Atom was Allen Adam. Adam worked as a technician in a special experimental rocket when it accidentally launched with him trapped inside. He was atomized when the rocket exploded while entering the upper atmosphere. However, Adam somehow gained superpowers that included the ability to reform his body safely on the ground. He was outfitted in a red and yellow costume that was designed to shield people from the radiation of his nuclear powers. When Adam powered up, his hair changed to a silverish-white.

Unfortunately, Captain Atom #89 marks the last issue of the most notable of the Charlton Comics action heroes.

Captain Atom #89
An adversary named 13 and his talking cat, both of whom appear to work magic, appear to stop Captain Atom and the USAF from working on a missile, and to stop the Ghost from stealing it. 
Written by David A. Kaler (Nightshade) with art by Steve Ditko (Blue Beetle) & Frank McLaughlin (Judomaster).
Also includes a Nightshade story by Kaler & Jim Aparo (The Phantom). 
Dick Giordano's letters column included one from Steven Grant (The Punisher). 
Captain Atom appeared next in Charlton Bullseye #1 (magazine).

Al Milgrom (the other half of Jim Starlin as Gemini) supplied the cover, with the Captain Atom story art by Steve Ditko and John Byrne (Doomsday +1).

This issue was reprinted in DC Comics admiral Action Heroes Archives Volume 2. This great collection included the Captain Atom story from Charlton Bullseye #1 & #2.

A great read in its own right, the lead characters were inspired by Charlton Comics Action Heroes.
Captain Atom later became know as the inspiration for Dr. Manhattan of Alan Moore's The Watchmen. I was glad it was an inspiration and the Charlton Action Hero.

This issue's letters column with the first letter from Punisher scribe Steven Grant.
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Love the house ads, this one from Captain Atom #89!