While I was waiting for my copy of the ACTION COMICS #1 Treasury Edition, I got this 100-Page issue of BATMAN. This book too wound up getting thrown out, so I must have had it before whatever moment set my father off and doomed my small comic book collection.
Consequently, because I only had it in my possession for a relatively short time, my memories of it are rather vague. The lead story, “Moon Of The Wolf” by Len Wein and Neal Adams is a classic, and was later made into an episode of the Batman animated series–but I really don’t remember reading it at all.
There was a bit of a dichotomy going on with Batman in this period. A real effort was being made by modern day creators to return the character to his mysterioso roots, to make him a fearsome creature of the night again.
At the same time, the 1966 BATMAN television show was playing five days a week everywhere in syndication, and DC was reprinting a ton of earlier Batman stories that hearkened back to the lighter era of the Caped Crusader. As a result, there was a weird disconnect for me.
I was very comfortable with the “Bright Knight” version of Batman who was on Super Friends and in the reprints, but I never developed the same attachment for the darker, more serious version. He somehow seemed simultaneously too grim and too vulnerable for my tastes, despite the work of my preferred editor Julie Schwartz. It could simply be that Julie was trying to hit an older demographic with these Batman stories, and as such, they left me cold.
The one story I do clearly recall for this issue is this one, the spooky (for 1955) tale of Thomas Wayne as the first Batman. It revealed that the murder of the Waynes that led to Batman’s creation wasn’t a random mugging, but rather a hit placed upon Thomas Wayne by bank robber Lew Moxon after Wayne, attired in a Batman costume for a costume party, got him arrested.
This is the sort of addition to mythos that I don’t really love these
days, but as a young reader, I took it for granted–this was the first
time I saw Batman’s origin referenced, so to me Lew Moxon was always a
part of it.
In particular, the second-to-last panel on this page really stayed with me for some reason, burned into my memory long after the book itself was gone.
Next up was a pretty Jerry Robinson story that didn’t stick with me at all. DC would often reprint Robinson’s BATMAN stories in this era, and while he’s an acknowledged great in the field, I must admit that as a kid his style left me cold. This one featured the Catwoman during the period where she was wearing a full cat-face mask, and Alfred dressing himself up as Batman, to comedic results.
DC would pack the 100 Page Super-Spectaculars with features as well as comics. I thought this history of the Batmobile was pretty cool.
I also liked this Carmine Infantino-drawn story that guest-starred Batgirl. Though I didn’t make the connection to the guy who had drawn those earlier Flash stories that I liked, the inking style of Sid Greene being so different.
And the only thing I can remember about this Robin story is the villain, the absurd Crazy Quilt. It’s worth noting that CQ started out as a Boy Commandos villain, who somehow migrated over to the Robin solo strip in STAR-SPANGLED COMICS, and from there into Batman’s gallery of foes.
Finally, I was introduced to one of my favorite Batman villains, the Outsider. The Outsider was a strange figure, seldom seen on camera, who had a grudge against Batman and Robin and who struck at them from the shadows in weird ways. Like the Green Goblin in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, his true identity was a running mystery for several years. If you don’t know who he was, I won’t reveal the answer here.
Oh yea I was in the lymphoedema clinic yesterday and the nurse noticed my Green Day pins and was like “omg I saw their no trump no kkk no fascist usa chant that was really cool” and i just sat there smiling like a proud mum ✨
Drew an old friend’s character, Sid! We are doing an art trade and here
is one of their peeps I am doing (another one is in progress). He
reminds me a bit of my Akira. Sid has a hole in his chest that he charges people to punch through, and he makes sushi. He’s a interesting guy lol
This was a fun one! The expression was nice to draw too.
I’ll admit it—up until I moved to New England for University,
I had never really worn cuffs on my trousers. Even the lone pair of forward
pleated trousers in my closet had plain bottoms (to facilitate easy alterations
and accommodate my changing height during my teenage years). I had always liked the idea of cuffs but was
never brave enough to sport them on my flat front trousers. Yet, seeing
photographs of Ivy League college students in the 1950s and ‘60s sporting cuffs
on their slim, flat-front khakis and grey flannels was a reassuring sight. I recall GQ “endorsing” cuffs on trousers back
when I was in middle school, and from then on, every editorial featured a model
in tight-fitting, low-rise pants finished with a deep cuff that ended above the
ankle. Additionally, during my visit, I noticed that the guys at Sid Mashburn
are large proponents of cuffing their plain front trousers, with nearly every
employee who wasn’t wearing jeans sporting the look. Although traditionally a
sartorial “no-no”, anchoring down non-pleated trousers with a substantial cuff
gives the pant a clean line in addition to attracting attention to the wearer’s
I can recall one instance that further solidified my
appreciation of a good trouser cuff. When I walked into J. Press on Madison Avenue
(when it still existed, RIP) around the age of seventeen and saw the
tortoise-bespectacled salesman clad in a tweed jacket and cuffed, high-rise
khakis, I knew that was the look I wanted. It was traditional, yet stylish. Moreover,
I always stress timelessness in one’s manner of dress, so the key is to wear
your cuffed trousers like you would any other plain bottom pair. As far as cuff
size goes, I’m a firm believer in the “go big or go home” school of thought. Cuffs
should be at the very least 1 3/8” inches deep. Why even bother with any less? In
my opinion, the sweet spot is right at 1.5” or 1 ¾”. Some guys go for more at
2”, but it’s simply a matter of personal preference. Disregard what people say
about shorter guys needing smaller cuffs and vice versa with tall gents.
For a bit of historical background: the trouser cuff, or
turn-up as the Brits say, has its origins at the tail end of the 19th
century, with Edward VII of England boldly having his tailor create a sartorial
invention to prevent the bottoms of his trousers from getting muddied in foul
weather. English gentlemen concerned with soiling the floors of their grandiose
country estates after trudging through mire along with city-dwellers alike
rapidly adopted the style. By the early 20th century, almost no
trouser bottom went by un-cuffed. At traditional institutions like Brooks
Brothers, J. Press, The Andover Shop, and Paul Stuart, the cuffed, no-break
flat front trouser has been a standard since the 1950s—the latter two, however,
being more progressive and English-inspired, tended to embrace the British trait of the forward pleat with their cuffed trousers. For most of
the 20th century, Brooks Brothers’ best-seller, the rather
shapeless No. 1 sack suit, was standardly equipped with flat front trousers and
a generous cuff.
Whereas in previous decades, flat front, cuffed trousers
transcended geographic location, these days there seems to be a regional
divide. In my time spent between New England and the region south of the
Mason-Dixon line, I’ve noticed that the South restricts cuffs on trousers
solely to those with pleats. Upon my arrival back down South from my first
semester of college, I chatted with my sartorially adroit former guidance counselor.
A UVA man and a Brooks Brothers devotee from birth, he had finally retired the
habit of wearing reverse-pleated trousers (rather thankfully). When I suggested
that he try putting cuffs on his flat front trousers, he replied, “I’ve already
stopped wearing pleats, and I draw the line at restricting cuffs to pleated
trousers.” Much to my chagrin, I observed that this was the opinion of most men
in the South. However, in the Northeast (specifically New England) cuffs are
embraced on trousers of all varieties. Furthermore, it should be noted that
pants with a higher rise (i.e. sitting at the natural waist) look best with
cuffs. They provide that leg-lengthening look that flatters the more vertically
challenged or average height folks like yours truly.
When contemplating fabric choices, a cuff weighs thicker
cloths like tweed, corduroy, or flannel down beautifully, but they’re just as
at home on seersucker, khaki, tropical wool, linen, madras, and a wide variety
Do yourself a favor and get your tailor to put some cuffs on
your pants with no trouser break. Whatever you do, don’t roll them up.
(images via leffot, Sid Mashburn, Social Primer, and oxfordclothbuttondown)
The suits are categorized by attack, stealth and defense, respective red, blue and green. (Valdez being a normie gets gray) There are sub categories too (such as psyche and elemental etc which they can choose to wear as well if it applies to their power)
Co-creators of these OC’s micki and louise (not all are mine give love to those two!!) insisted I put this up so tadaa have some supers. from left to right: Alice, Katie, Sam, Tristan, Jamie, Grace, Rae, Valdez, Michel, Laura, Lucien, Sid