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Joan B. Lee: The Woman Who Saved the Marvel Universe

Joan Boocock was born on August 3, 1924, in Gosforth, Newcastle, England. In the 1940s she moved to New York City, where she married an American GI and worked as a hat model. Working at the agency, she met a young comics editor named Stanley Lieber, who worked under the pen name Stan Lee. The two fell in love instantly and she left her husband for him.

In the early 1960s, Stan Lee was feeling depressed and unhappy with his job and was seriously considering quitting the comics industry. Joan told him "Before you quit, why don’t you write one comic you are proud of?” Lee obliged and together with Jack Kirby, he created the Fantastic Four, the flawed, dysfunctional family of heroes that Lee always wanted to make. The comic was an instant success, reinvigorating Lee and convincing him to stay on at Marvel. He even went on to give his favorite hero, Spider-Man, a love interest based off his wife: Mary Jane Watson. In later years, after the couple’s two children were grown-up, Joan would have a short career as a voice actress, voicing the recurring character of Madame Web in the Spider-Man animated series, as well as having small parts in the Iron Man and Fantastic Four series. In 2016 she had a cameo with her husband in X-Men: Apocalypse. 

The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men, the Avengers, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Doctor Strange, Black Panther. While these heroes were created or co-created by Stan Lee, we may never have had them or the Marvel Universe without Joan. Thank you.

Joan Boocock Lee - August 3, 1924 – July 6, 2017

And now, in no particular order, the Top Ten Hottest Cartoon Women:

Rogue (X-Men)

Jasmine (Aladdin)

Black Cat (Spider-Man)

Jessica Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)

Holli Would (Cool World)

Chel (The Road to El Dorado)

Esmerelda (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

Hello Nurse (Animaniacs)

Harley Quinn (Batman: The Animated Series)

Princess Daphne* (Dragon’s Lair)

Again, a big thank you to everyone who sent in suggestions and helped us compile this list. :D

(*Okay, technically Dragon’s Lair is a game, but it always felt more like a Don Bluth animated movie to us.)

the cybird men drawn by yamada shiro (she did the character design of the ikesen guys). byron looks so nice ♡

the two idol groups are 「BLACK DIAMONDS」 and 「White Blossoms」. check the source for more info~ (AGF 2016)

i looked for this image again because i really wanted the mini illustration board (nico & byron version) from the AX2017 princess lessons. no one seems to have it tho. this is the closest i’ll get until @cyikemen opens an online store haha ☆

DC COMICS AVAILABLE TODAY 31 May 2017

DC Super Hero Girls Wonder Woman Day Special Edition #1 (available 06/03/17), AR
Deadman Dark Mansion Of Forbidden Love TP, $16.99
Doom Patrol Volume 1 Brick By Brick TP, $16.99
Flash #23 (Cover A Carmine Di Giandomenico), $2.99
Flash #23 (Cover B Howard Porter), AR
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps Volume 2 Bottled Light TP, $16.99
Harley Quinn Volume 6 Black White And Red All Over TP, $16.99
Supergirl Volume 3 Ghosts Of Krypton TP, $29.99
Teen Titans The Lazarus Contract Special #1, $4.99
Trinity Annual #1, $4.99
Wonder Woman Annual #1, $4.99 (PICTURED)
Wonder Woman By John Byrne Volume 1 HC, $39.99
Wonder Woman Day Special Edition #1 (available 06/03/17), AR

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS

DC Comics Superhero Best Of Figurine Collection Magazine #31 (Booster Gold), $17.95

TITAN PUBLISHING GROUP

Wonder Woman The Art And Making Of The Film HC, $39.95

Cards - CRYPTOZOIC ENTERTAINMENT

Flash Season 2 Trading Card Box, AR

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Batman 1966 Premier Collection Joker Statue, AR
Batman Logo Mens White And Black Raglan T-Shirt LG, AR
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Batman V Superman 3 Piece Set 5.5 Inch Bendable Figure, AR
Batman V Superman Batman 5.5 Inch Bendable Figure, AR
Batman V Superman Superman 5.5 Inch Bendable Figure, AR
Batman V Superman Wonder Woman 5.5 Inch Bendable Figure, AR
DC Batman Dark Knight Vs Joker Chess Set, AR
DC Batman The Animated Series Batman Jumbo Action Figure, AR
DC Comics Variant Play Arts Kai Batman Rogues Gallery Mr Freeze Action Figure, AR
DC Heroes Batgirl Costume Youth Cape, AR
DC Heroes Batman Costume Youth Cape, AR
DC Heroes Robin Costume Youth Cape, AR
DC Heroes Supergirl Pink Costume Youth Cape, AR
DC Heroes Wonder Woman Costume Youth Cape, AR
DC Super Powers Joker Jumbo Action Figure, AR
Gotham City Garage Wonder Woman Statue, AR
Gund DC Batman 8 Inch Night Light, AR
Gund DC Batman Bedtime Pal Teddy Bear 15 Inch Plush, AR
Gund DC Superman 8 Inch Night Light, AR
One-12 Collective DC Joker Action Figure, AR
One-12 Collective DC Shazam Action Figure, AR
POP DC Bombshells Batgirl Vinyl Figure, AR
Preacher 7 Inch Scale Action Figure Series 1 Assortment, AR
Suicide Squad Deadshot Action Figure, AR
Suicide Squad Harley Quinn Loves The Joker Necklace Set, AR
Suicide Squad Harley Quinn Replica Baseball Bat, AR
Suicide Squad The Joker Razor Letter Opener, AR
Suicide Squad The Joker Replica Cane, AR
Wonder Woman Day Wonder Woman Tiara And Bracelets (available 06/03/17), AR

Comic Legends: Why Did the X-Men Animated Series Have 3 Storms?  

Why were Storm’s lines for the ENTIRE 13-episode season recorded by three different women? Well, the first problem came after production on the season was pretty much over and they allowed themselves to think about other aspects of the show and they began to think about the fact that this show was probably going to get a lot of attention. With that in mind, they realized that perhaps people might not appreciate the fact that the actress who voiced Storm on the series, the most prominent black character on the show, was actually a white woman.

Full Article: https://www.cbr.com/x-men-animated-series-storm/

FULL MARVEL SDCC REVEAL

Ok, here’s everything we got (I think)!

- New ‘Doctor Strange’ trailer

- New ‘Doctor Strange’ poster

- New Marvel Studios logo and opening titles

- New movie logos for Doctor Strange, GotG Vol 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel

- Brie Larson confirmed to play Captain Marvel

- Michael Keaton confirmed to play Vulture

- The first ‘Spiderman: Homecoming’ footage (not released to public)

- The first ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2′ footage (not released to public)

- The first ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ teaser (not released to public)

- Additional ‘Doctor Strange’ footage shown (not released to public)

- ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ concept art showed Thor with short hair, Hela, and Surtur (not released to public)

- New Netflix  ‘Luke Cage’ trailer 

- New Netflix ‘Iron Fist’ teaser, logo, and poster 

- New Netflix ‘The Defenders’ teaser 

- Kurt Russell confirmed to play Ego the Living Planet, Star Lord’s father

- First 2 tracks from “Awesome Mix Vol 2′ revealed

- Elizabeth Debicki confirmed to play Ayesha in GotG Vol 2

- Planet Hulk gladiator armor confirmed for ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

- New Doctor Strange/Punisher crossover comic book series

- ‘Inhumans Vs X-men’ comic book event announced

- Michael B Jordan confirmed to play Erik Killmonger in ‘Black Panther’

- Lupita N’yongo confirmed to play Nakia in ‘Black Panther’

- Danai Gurira cast as Okoye in ‘Black Panther’

- Surtur confirmed to appear in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

- Marvel ‘Ultimate Alliance’ 1 and 2 confirmed for remastered release on PS4, Xbox one, and PC next week

- Animated Hulk movie ‘Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell’ announced

- New animated ‘Rocket and Groot’ series announced

- New seasons of ‘Avengers Assemble’ and’ Guardians of the Galaxy’ animated series announced. Confirmed that Ms Marvel (Kamala) will join the Avengers. 

- Zendaya confirmed to play a character named Michelle in ‘Spider-man: Homecoming’

- Laura Harris confirmed to play Liz Allan in ‘Spider-man: Homecoming’

- Tony Revolori confirmed to play Flash Thompson in ‘Spider-man: Homecoming’

- Marvel loyalty rewards programme ‘Marvel Insider’ announced

- New trailer for X-men universe show ‘Legion’

- Ghost Rider confirmed to appear on ‘Agents of Shield’

- Gabriel Luna cast as Ghost Rider (Robbie Reyes)

- New ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ ride to open at Disney Land

- A “New Universe” confirmed for Disney Land will include Marvel rides

princezilla  asked:

The Zilla animated series wasn't a Netflix original, it was actually made pre Netflix, and was done by the same people behind the Men in Black animated series. And the animated series handled the follow up 10000 timesbl better than an actual sequel would have.

Did you come into my house and start educating me on the show that gave me the oldest TV ship in my shipping fleet first of all how dare

Captain Rex is holding a dog… named Rex or rather little Rex.

Reks (Rex) is a very popular dog’s name in Poland while Reksio is a diminutive form of that name. However the clone captain isn’t holding any stray Reksio in his arms, oh no! he is holding THE Reksio - One of the most iconic dogs in Polish pop culture (the other one is Szarik (Sharik) from four tank-men and the dog - a black and white TV series)

Reksio is a cartoon character from the TV animated series by the same title produced in bygone era of ’70 - ‘90. The series itself is very simplistic and circles around adventures of a very intelligent and friendly dog, titular Reksio, and his friends - hens, cats, other dogs and their owners.

anonymous asked:

What's so nostalgic about clarence? It's a newer show?

Yeah, Clarence was a better show when it was 1999 and we were hyping up Phantom Menace and Lost in Space while playing 4 player split screen Diddy Kong Racing attached to our Rumble packs included with Star Fox 64 we stole from Block Buster video after they ran out of VHS rental copies of Deep Inpact so your mom decided to get the latest Meg Ryan movie while driving you and your friends to Taco Bell only to break the news the taco bell chihuahua was put down and your Ace Ventura The Animated Series free toy with every kids meal didn’t help you feel better but at least the latest crappy US remake of Godzilla was airing on TBS followed by Men in Black which you only rewatch over and over since you’re too poor to buy the new William CD that didn’t even include the MIB theme that your creepy mustached P.E. teacher forced the class to dance to during rainy days along with a decomposing over played Macarena audio cassette while a kid misplaced the gym teachers Chumbawamba Tubthumping CD because he brought it home in hopes to play it on his Windows Media Player with all the wicked sick visualizers on Windows 98 wired into America Online on over 40 different AOL free trial discs each sighned up to different collan slash comma dot random number hot mail account with no messages other than whatever spam mail offering viagra and Silly Slammers discount coupons until the internet stopped working with your last resort for fun is to play minesweeper pinball a pirate copy of Doom and the Jump Start educational game featuring Pajama Sam

DWAYNE MCDUFFIE

(February 20, 1962 – February 21, 2011)

Dwayne McDuffie was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Leroy McDuffie and Edna McDuffie Gardner. He attended The Roeper School and went on to the University of Michigan, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English, then earning a master’s degree in physics. He then moved to New York to attend film school at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. While McDuffie was working as a copy editor at the business magazine Investment Dealers’ Digest, a friend got him an interview for an assistant editor position at Marvel Comics.

Going on staff at Marvel as editor Bob Budiansky’s assistant on special projects, McDuffie helped develop the company’s first superhero trading cards. He also scripted stories for Marvel. His first major work was Damage Control, a miniseries about the company that shows up between issues and tidies up the mess left by the latest round of superhero/supervillain battles.
After becoming an editor at Marvel, McDuffie submitted a spoof proposal for a comic entitled Ninja Thrashers in response to Marvel’s treatment of its black characters. Becoming a freelancer in 1990, McDuffie wrote for dozens of various comics titles for Marvel, DC Comics, and Archie Comics. In addition, he wrote Monster in My Pocket for Harvey Comics editor Sid Jacobson, whom he cites on his website as having taught him everything he knows. In early 1991, he divorced his first wife, Patricia D. Younger, in Seminole County, Florida.

In the early 1990s, wanting to express a multicultural sensibility that he felt was missing in comic books, McDuffie and three partners founded Milestone Media, which The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio, described in 2000 as “the industry’s most successful minority-owned-and operated comic company.” McDuffie explained:

“If you do a black character or a female character or an Asian character, then they aren’t just that character. They represent that race or that sex, and they can’t be interesting because everything they do has to represent an entire block of people. You know, Superman isn’t all white people and neither is Lex Luthor. We knew we had to present a range of characters within each ethnic group, which means that we couldn’t do just one book. We had to do a series of books and we had to present a view of the world that’s wider than the world we’ve seen before.”

Milestone, whose characters include the African-American Static, Icon, and Hardware; the Asian-American Xombi, and the multi-ethnic superhero group the Blood Syndicate, which include black, Asian and Latino men and women, debuted its titles in 1993 through a distribution deal with DC Comics. Serving as editor-in-chief, McDuffie created or co-created many characters, including Static.

After Milestone had ceased publishing new comics, Static was developed into an animated series Static Shock. McDuffie was hired to write and story-edit on the series, writing 11 episodes.

His other television writing credits included Teen Titans and What’s New, Scooby-Doo?.
McDuffie was hired as a staff writer for the animated series Justice League and was promoted to story editor and producer as the series became Justice League Unlimited. During the entire run of the animated series, McDuffie wrote, produced, or story-edited 69 out of the 91 episodes.
McDuffie also wrote the story for the video game Justice League Heroes.

McDuffie was hired to help revamp and story-edit Cartoon Network’s popular animated Ben 10 franchise with Ben 10: Alien Force, continuing the adventures of the ten-year-old title character into his mid and late teenage years. During the run of the series, McDuffie wrote episodes 1–3, 14, 25–28, 45 and 46 and/or story-edited all forty-six episodes. McDuffie also produced and story edited for the second sequel series Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, which premiered April 23. 2010. He wrote episodes 1, 10, 11, 16, 30, 39 together with J. M. DeMatteis and 52.

McDuffie wrote a number of direct-to-DVD animated films featuring DC Comics characters - including Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths and Justice League: Doom. He scripted the direct-to-DVD adaptation of All-Star Superman, which was released one day after his death. Justice League: Doom was released posthumously in 2012.
McDuffie’s work was also seen on Ben 10: Omniverse, having shared story by credit on the first two episodes, “The More Things Change, Parts 1 and 2.”

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A pioneer who paved the way for increasing awareness and diversity within the mainstream comic book industry as well as animation, Dwayne’s memory and contribution will never be forgotten. Rest In Power, brother.

My buddy Steve Blum voice of all of my favorite anime heroes!!!

Aside from voicing Amon of Legend of Korra fame his credits include the voice of Spike Spiegel in the anime show Cowboy Bebop and Mugen in Samurai Champloo. He voiced Roger Smith from The Big O, Orochimaru, Zabuza, Ōnoki and Ao in the Naruto anime, X-Men’s Wolverine in numerous games, as well as in the animated series Wolverine and the X-Men, the animated movie Hulk Vs, The Super Hero Squad Show and Marvel Anime: X-Men. He also provided the video game voice of Jack Cayman, the main character of MadWorld, Tank Dempsey, the comic relief of Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Black Ops II zombie modes, Professor Galvez in Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker, and Grayson Hunt, the main protagonist of Bulletstorm and Gorim, Oghren, and First Enchanter Irving in the 2009 video game Dragon Age: Origins and many many others.

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Academy Award® winning actress, KATE WINSLET [Jeanine Matthews] has brought to life some of cinema’s most captivating and memorable roles. Her résumé consists of critically and commercially acclaimed work as well as a span of awards and honors that illustrate Winslet’s talent and solidify her a permanent place in cinema history.

Winslet won her first Academy Award®, after a stunning past 5 nominations, for her role as Hannah Schmitz in Stephen Daldry’s 2008 The Reader directed by Stephen Daldry. Winslet also won a Golden Globe®, SAG Award®, BAFTA, and Critics’ Choice Award, among many others, for the role. She also starred that year in Revolutionary Road, directed by Sam Mendes, which reteamed her with Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. Winslet won a Golden Globe® and received many nominations for her portrayal of April Wheeler.

Raised in a family of actors, Winslet began performing for British television when she was thirteen. At the age of seventeen, she made an international name for herself in Peter Jackson’s feature film Heavenly Creatures. She followed that in 1995 with her role as Marianne Dashwood in Ang Lee’s Sense And Sensibility. Winslet received her first Academy Award® nomination for this performance and was also nominated for a Golden Globe®. She then went on to win the BAFTA and the Screen Actors Guild Award®.

Winslet co-starred with Christopher Eccleston in Michael Winterbottom’s Jude; and then as Ophelia in Kenneth Branagh’s HAMLET. She appeared as the iconic survivor, Rose, in James Cameron’s Titanic opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. At the age of 22, Winslet received her second Academy Award® nomination for this role and the honor of being the youngest actress ever to be nominated for two Academy Awards®.

In 1997 Winslet starred as Julia in Hideous Kinky, directed by Gillies McKinnon; and in 1998 co-starred with Harvey Keitel in Jane Campion’s comedic drama Holy Smoke. She also starred in Philip Kaufman’s period drama Quills along with Geoffrey Rush, Joaquin Phoenix and Michael Caine.

Winslet starred in the 2001 Richard Eyre production of Iris, playing the young Iris Murdoch to Judi Dench’s older Iris and received Golden Globe® and Oscar® nominations. She next starred in Michael Apteds’ Enigma, a spy drama about code breakers during WWII, and The Life Of David Gale with Kevin Spacey. She dyed her hair blue and orange for her portrayal of the quirky Clementine in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Minds, for which she received Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and BAFTA nominations for Best Actress. She then went on to star opposite Johnny Depp in Finding Neverland, which was named the 2004 Best Film by the National Board of Review.

In 2006, Winslet was seen in All The King’s Men, with Jude Law and Sean Penn, directed by Steven Zaillian. She then extended her voice to the animated feature Flushed Away; and finished the year in the romantic comedy The Holiday opposite Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, and Jack Black. She starred opposite Patrick Wilson and Jennifer Connelly in Todd Field’s Little Children for which she received her fifth Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress.

Winslet filmed the title role in HBO’s multi award-winning 5-part mini-series Mildred Pierce for which she won an Emmy®, Golden Globe® and SAG Award® as Best Actress in 2010. She joined the ensemble cast of Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion; and starred in Roman Polanski’s Carnage, which premiered in competition at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.

She co-stars with Josh Brolin in director Jason Reitman’s Labor Day which opened on 31st January 2014. The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival and earned Winslet a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Actress.

At the end of 2014, Winslet shot two very different films: reprising her villainous role from Divergent in The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second film in Veronica Roth’s best-selling book series; and Jocelyn Moorhouse’s The Dressmaker, based on the novel by Rosalie Ham. Winslet will also star in A Little Chaos, an upcoming British period drama film directed by Alan Rickman and written by Allison Deegan, in which she plays a landscape gardener involved in the creation of the gardens at Louis XIV’s Versailles. The film also stars Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci and Helen McCrory. 2015 will see the release of Triple Nine, where Winslet will star opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Gal Gadot, Aaron Paul and Norman Reedus.

In 2012, Winslet was awarded the CBE, which she received from Queen Elizabeth II in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. She was also awarded in March 2014 a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame cementing her status amongst the stars of Hollywood.

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If you don’t watch Tetsuwan Birdy Decode, you’re missing out on a great series. It may look like fan service, but it’s a surprisingly smart and awesomely animated TV show. Think Men In Black-meets- Ranma ½-meets- Wonder Woman. :-)

SuperWonder – Deserving to be remembered forever

This isn’t a rant, just some honest views of a SMWW fan.

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It all started couple of years ago when I was one of the most ardent fans of Superman. Back then I was too young to understand the dynamics of any romantic relationship portrayed in the comics or the animated series on Cartoon Network. Though, even in those early years there were two things I disliked about Superman. One, the red underwear he wore outside. Two, Lois Lane.

At a very young age I understood there were two kinds of women. The brave warrior (Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Black Widow) and damsels in distress (Lois Lane, Mary Jane Watson). When I was finally done with the damsels, I stopped reading Superman and Spider-Man altogether. I moved back to X-Men, Anime and Mangas.

Then came New 52, bringing us one of the best relationships ever portrayed in the history of comics – Superman and Wonder Woman. This slowly pulled me back to DC, as I picked up the copy of Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Power Couple. Things were going great till DC announced Rebirth. As you may already know it has been awfully disappointing. Then I came across some lovely fans of SuperWonder; they are awfully kind, friendly and supportive. But with every good in the world exists its not up to par counterpart – the yin to their yang – the Clois fans. They have done stuff which is better if I don’t speak about it here. I haven’t really seen them do any good. That’s okay. Each to their own. Everyone has a right to share their opinion.

As the announcements of Rebirth began, Clois fans have taken to Twitter to write some foul things about us and also our metaphorical ship sinking. Fine! They have played their cards. So here’s our move. It is not sinking and it will never sink till WE let it. And I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

Then I realized the best way to deal with this is to be patient, be quiet and stop reading hateful tweets. This has worked. And seeing as Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot have undeniable chemistry, we can always hope to see our Power Couple on the big screen. The Power Couple being Superman and Wonder Woman – equals, partners. 

And here’s something Clois seem to forget:

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We still have this brilliant animated series! And if our words are heard, we might even get a SuperWonder animated movie. I’m not giving up on them, so my dear friends, have hope and never give up! As hellacre13 said this a few times “Vote with your wallets.” I’m not buying another DC comic till they bring back SuperWonder and New 52 Superman.

And I salute everyone who ships Wonder Woman with Superman. After all, the big guy needs an equal. He deserves better than being a personal bodyguard. He deserves love. So, this is it. My not-so-short view on SuperWonder. Thank you, dear admin, for this wonderful blog. More power to you!

Cheers!

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Batman for the Adolescent

So, one of the children I work with in my civilian life is a 14 year old boy (this is different from the famous 14-year-old that you might know of if you follow my Twitter) who is vaguely into comics, having some boxes full of older stuff that belonged to his older brothers or other family members, but he only knows enough to take an inaccurate position from which to argue against me about what is cool or true.

He asked me to recommend some Batman books for him that he can buy with his allowance. I wrote up a list for him, and I figured I should post it here on old Toombles in case it might be useful for someone else and also so you can see the way that I talk to children in my real life.

BATMAN BOOKS FOR [A YOUNG TEEN] TO BUY AND THEN READ

Batman Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli (This is the definitive origin story for Batman and is considered one of the two best Batman stories of all time. The other of those two, The Dark Knight Returns [written and drawn by Frank Miller], I would suggest you give it another two or three years before you check it out.)

Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years by Various (This will give you a good survey of Batman’s history from 1939 until today, and prove that you are completely wrong about Batman being dark and grim for his whole history. [You are completely wrong about that.])

Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (If you ever become older and more sophisticated, you might realize that the story here is not nearly as good as the art, but at age 14 it should really hit the sweet spot for you.)

Batman: Mad Love and Others by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm (This is a collection of award-winning stories by the creators of the Batman animated series from the 1990s, a decade you may have heard rumors of.)

Batman: Black and White by various (There are several volumes of this, maybe four? They are collections of continuity-free short Batman stories in black and white by literally the best creators in comics alive at the time the books were coming out.)

Batman and the Monster Men/Batman and the Mad Monk by Matt Wagner (These two stories are modern retellings of early Batman stories from early in his history. They are cool.)

Batgirl/Robin: Year One by Chuck Dixon, Scott Beatty, Javier Pulido, and Marcos Martin (If you are interested in either Batgirl or Robin, you should get this book that collects stories set early in their history [though not actually made early in their history].)

Batman: Zero Year by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo (If you want to see the current canonical origin of Batman, this is it. It is probably collected in two different books, so you’ll have to buy both to get the whole story. One is called Zero Year—Secret City and the other is called Zero Year—Dark City. If you like this story, you should also get City of Owls by the same writer and artist.)

Batman ‘66 by Jeff Parker, Jonathan Case, and others (This book is set in the world of the 1966 Batman TV show, and it is super great. I know 14 is the age when you find that show super embarrassing, but I promise it’s actually hilarious and great, and so is this comic.)

Legends of the Dark Knight by various (There are several different volumes of this anthology series that collects non-continuity stories by different creators. Buy whichever one or ones look coolest to you.)

If you read one of these and think it is cool, pay attention to who wrote and drew it. Look for more comics by those people rather than just looking for more Batman comics. I promise it will pay off for you.

And maybe when you’re older, I’ll show you the REAL best Batman comics ever.