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Author Archive: Chris Karnes

Retro Review Focus The Gentleman Ghost: Batman #310 and Batman #319

Batman #310 (April, 1979) "The Ghost Who Haunted Batman" written by Len Wein; penciled by Irv Novick, inked by Dick Giordano; colored by Glynis Wein   Synopsis:  “Cor!...

Retro Review Focus The Squid: Batman #357 and Detective Comics #524

Batman #357 (March, 1983) "Squid" written by Gerry Conway; artists:  Don Newton & Alfred Alcala   Synopsis:  Batman (the issue opens with a nice opening splash...

Review: Batman The Silver Age Newspaper Comics Volume One: 1966-1967

Batman: The Silver Age Newspaper Comics Volume One: 1966-1967; hardcover, 256 pages, IDW Publishing, US $49.99 Creative team includes: Whitney Ellsworth, Sheldon Moldoff, Carmine Infantino, Joe...

Retro Review Focus Man-Bat: Man-Bat #1

Man-Bat #1 (January, 1976) “Beware the Eyes of Baron Tyme” written by Gerry Conway, art by Steve Ditko (penciller) and Al Milgrom (inker), cover art by Jim Aparo   Synopsis: Clement...

Review: Batman: The TV Stories

While I consider myself a huge fan of the '66 Batman TV series, I confess I never thought there would be a resurgence in popularity with a toy line and ongoing comic book based on TV...

Review: Beware the Batman #6

This story is told and shown through Alfred's eyes; and we as the reader see his thoughts as well.  Alfred receives a call from Batman; a summons for help and to retrieve a new...

Review: Beware the Batman #5

Katana has been framed for the muder of mob boss Whitey Blackmon with security camera footage incriminating her.   Batman and Katana decide to split up and follow their own leads. ...

Review: Beware the Batman #4

Thirteen year old junior high school student Tim Quan doesn't show up at Barbara Gordon's for a tutoring session.  When Barbara learns of a Bat sighting by an abandoned warehouse from a...

Retro Review Focus Doctor Death: Batman #345 and Detective Comics #512

Batman #345 (March, 1982) "Calling Doctor Death"  written by Gerry Conway, art by Gene Colon and Klaus Janson   Synopsis:  A wheelchaired Doctor Death exposes a would-be...

Review: Beware the Batman #3

Batman puts Katana through a swim test (which she fails in part because Batman cut her regulator) to prepare for salvage operation to retrieve a gun shipment in the Atlantic Ocean that Whale was...

Review: The Joker: The Clown Prince of Crime

Collects: The Joker (1975-1976) #1-9 Writers: Denny O’Neil, Elliot Maggin and Martin Pasko Artists: Irv Novick, Dick Giordano, Jose Luis Garcia Lopez, Ernie Chan, Vince Colletta, Tex Blaisdell...

Review: Beware the Batman #2

Professor Pyg (minus Mr. Toad for some unknown reason) has planned three jobs on one night. Batman uses Alfred and Katana to go to two of the locations; and they complete their missions successfully....