Weirdly, what stands out the most to me in this cover is the pulp-style graphic elements, like the sans serif typography and the two-color background. Very of-the-time, innit?
But before we get into it… oh boy! It’s an AD! Like we used to do!
The above image and the following several pictures are from the same ad. Just what exactly is this ad selling? See if you can figure it out!
ALL criminals. Not just the one who killed his folks. So sad how one bad apple can spoil it for everyone.
Is he smoking? Bruce! You’re an athlete at the height of your powers! Smoking, really? There are KIDS reading you!
“That’s it! I shall become… an exterminator! Or a glazier. Which is scarier? My parents could have told me *sob*”
Look, a huge number of artists have depicted the Joker over the years, but this is by far the scariest drawing of him I’ve ever seen.
So as you can see, the Batman wasn’t always a grim specter of justice. He’d make quips while taking out bad guys, but when they didn’t laugh, it hurt him. Deeply. Eventually he just got more and more serious and laconic and turned into the unsmiling golem we all know and… love?
Bruce, you spent years perfecting your scientific and fighting skills. Couldn’t you have taken an improv class at least once?
The old black-and-white Superman tv show featured this kind of thing. Superman would stand there arms on hips while a criminal would empty their gun into him ineffectually. And then, when out of bullets…
… the scofflaw would throw his gun. At Superman, who shrugged off bullets. And the actor playing Superman would DUCK. Because hey, fake bullets, real gun prop. This is the same thing here.
I bet the rest of the article continues ‘Stops at traffic light in accordance with law. Moves on once light turns green. Presumably goes home.’
Join us again on Wednesday as we Unearth more of this Spring issue!