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They actually played this song and it’s forever stuck in my head

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The Killing Joke original 1988 coloring vs. 2008 recoloring

Cover and panel artist Brian Bolland was reportedly displeased with colorist John Higgins’ work on the 1988 graphic novel:

Bolland envisaged the flashback sequences in black and white, and instructed Watchmen-colorist John Higgins to use “muted November colors”. He was upset when he saw the finished comic had “garish … hideous glowing purples and pinks … and my precious Eraserhead-esque flashback sequences swamped in orange.”

In 2008 DC Comics released a 20th anniversary edition of The Killing Joke featuring a complete recoloring by Bolland. Bolland made various alterations to restore his artistic intent, including replacing Higgins’ bright flashback panels with muted tones (save for items colored for emphasis, such as the Red Hood and Joker’s green hair) and removing the yellow oval from the Batsuit.

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December 7th is the birthday of Harvey Dent, more infamously known as Two-Face.   (I always thought he would be a Gemini.) Happy Birthday, Harvey!

Created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, Two-Face first appeared in Detective Comics v.1 #66 in August 1942.

District Attorney Harvey Dent had the left side of his face disfigured by acid thrown at him by Salvatore “Boss” Moroni.  After his disfigurement, Dent had a mental breakdown and became the notorious villain, Two-Face.  Two-Face’s criminal activities often involve the number “two”.  Two-Face employs a double-sided coin, with one of the faces crossed out, in much of his decision-making.  The unmarked side represents “good” and the scarred side representing “evil”.

Harvey Dent was portrayed on film by Billy Dee Williams in Batman (1988) and Lego Batman (2017), Tommy Lee Jones in Batman Forever (1995), and Aaron Eckhart in The Dark Knight (2008).

These comics (and many more) are part of the DuGarm Collection at the University of Iowa: Special Collections.

Batman v.1 #398 (August 1986), cover by Tom Mandrake

Batman & Robin Adventures  #2 (December 1995), cover by Ty Templeton

Batman v.1 #397 (July 1986), cover by Tom Mandrake

Justice League of America v.1 #125 (December 1975), cover by Ernie Chan

Detective Comics v.1 #581 (December 1987), cover by Jim Baikie

Batman v.1 #346 (April 1982), cover by Rich Buckler 

Batman: Two-Face Strikes Twice!  Book One Part Two (November 1993), flip cover by Daerick Gross

Batman: Two-Face Strikes Twice!  Book Two Part One (December 1993), cover by Dick Sprang  

Batman v.1 #314 (August 1979), cover by José Luis García-López

Teen Titans v.1 #48 (June 1977), cover by Rich Buckler