Saturday, March 29, 2008

Batman - 1976

No producer credits, but Arthur Korb seems like a good bet. The sleeve art is by Neal Adams, with the inside art by Jose Luis Garcia Lopez, which means you simply couldn't do any better.

The stories are both a lot of fun, I like how Batman is a real detective in these stories, and seems almost a duly-designated member of the the Gotham P.D.



7 comments:

Rockie Bee said...

Now that's what Batman is supposed to look like! My son and I got this a couple months ago for the holidays, and we love it.

Gotta love the tall, slim 'wide receiver' Batman of the Seventies; I've never cared for the slab-like 'defensive end' Batman that's been the standard since 'Dark Knight Returns.' He's a real Seventies guy, written by those most Seventies of writers, Cary Bates and Elliot S! Maggin, befuddling Grodd the Super-Gorilla with Transcendental Meditation. Had carob cookies and Johnny Carson (I'm not counting the Walter Cronkite stand-in) figured into the stories anywhere, you could be sure that the Darknight Detective had spent some time collaborating with Brian Wilson on the 'Beach Boys Love You' album. (I think the post-Frank Miller 'crazy' Batman is still less looney than Mike Love, just a little less hot-tempered.)

And I like that Batman gets mixed up in a rustic village straight out of 'The Wicker Man,' 'Straw Dogs,' and 'An American Werewolf In London.' The big Andy Capp-type darts player is more of a creep than the actual villains of the second story. Gotta love that 'spirit of vengeance' soliloquy at the climax...

Earth 2 Chris said...

I have the dialog of these stories stored in my brain, but I never had any visuals. These were featured on an album with "Robin Meets Man-Bat" and "Catwoman's Revenge" (I think that's the title, the one where Bruce Wayne becomes Catman), but no comic was included. This art is fantastic! I never knew JLGL contributed to these!

CHris

Anonymous said...

Aaaah... I have this record and spun it to death as a child..... wonderful stuff.

Anonymous said...

The Batman - Gorilla City mp3 is at:
http://namtab.com/powerrecord/BATMANgcLP01.mp3

The link here is missing the "01".

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I've never understood why Batman enemies don't have superpowers, they always are common persons, but with a demoniac mentality

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Jakethy said...

Discovered this post after I JUST got a friend to burn my copy to a CD. Grew up on it, like other commentors, but haven't had a player in ages. Hearing it again was like a muscle memory kicking in! Time has not diminished the (very important "the") Batman's speech at end of scarecrow story when he's beating the stuffing outta the baddies. Really good stuff!

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