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"Ladies and Gentlemen, Hobos and Tramps, Cross-eyed mosquitoes and bowlegged ants. I come before you, to stand before you, to tell you a story I know nothing about. One bright morning in the middle of the night two dead fellows stood up to fight. They stood back to back, facing each other, drew their swords and shot one another. If you don't believe my lie, it's true, ask the blind lady on the corner, she saw it too."

- The Joker

This user has been a staff member since 11 March, 2009.

About me

I grew up on Batman: The Animated Series and the so-called "Copper Age" of Comic Books. The Batman I remember was drawn by Norm Breyfogle and Jim Aparo (late 1980s and early 1990s). Detective Comics #577 (August 1987) was the very first comic book I ever owned.

Writers of the day I remember when Alan Grant, John Wagner, Peter Milligan, and occasionally Kelley Puckett and Doug Moench. Artwork was almost exclusively by Jim Aparo and Norm Breyfogle. I saw Kelley Jones from time to time, too, though he did mostly covers. I'm not a fan of his interior panels though.

Characters that were a big deal during that era were Jeremiah Arkham, Mortimer Kadaver, Ratcatcher, Sarah Essen, KGBeast, Harold Allnut, Victor Zsasz, and the Ventriloquist. There was this homeless Vietnam vet called "Legs" pushing himself through the background every other issue. Arkham Asylum was first starting to feature heavily, and the sky was orange and purple. Gotham had a lot of brownstone flats and water towers instead of glass skyscrapers. The mob was still a thing.

But mostly I remember those "Batman's best friend isn't on the street tonight" ads. Smoking kills, kids.

What really attracted me to Batman was the moody atmosphere, setting and themes of his stories. It's easy to be a symbol for hope in a daylit, thriving metropolis (a la Superman). Much less so in a dark, grimy, hellhole overrun with crime and corruption like Gotham which blends elements of big city noir and Gothic storytelling. As one editorial noted, "Batman's uniqueness comes from the fact that his ongoing and accumulative legend is not just Gothic, but a genre unto itself, Gothic Noir. Without Gothic elements, it is simply a tale with Noir ambience, and without its Noir aspects it is simply a Gothic story. Together, when done well, these genres combine to form powerful and deeply striking tales of dark survival..."

I've written maybe two-thirds of the articles on this wiki about obscure characters from the Silver and Bronze Age of Comic Books. I mostly edit topics related to these characters or Arkham Asylum.

You can find a "who's who" of obscure Golden, Silver, and Bronze Age Batman villains here.

Feel free to message me on my talk page if I've been editing recently but be aware that I'm away from the site for protracted periods owing to my RL schedule.

Moments of nostalgia

These are just a few of the many scenes I've never forgotten from books I had growing up.

Complete Watchlist

MonaLisa12

"Batman! He's gone mad...stop him!!"

Bruce Timm Bats

Even Jim Lee's Batman wishes he was in a Bruce Timm book...

Faces of Arkham

Character images for Batman: Arkham Asylum articles.

Notes

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  • There are two good articles for minor characters: Polka-Dot Man (villain) and Clancy O'Hara (ally). Both of these could serve as excellent templates for future articles on other minor characters. Also see Mirror Man and Zodiac Master.
  • Check Arkham Asylum for periodic updates and potential removal of inaccurate information.

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Arkham Asylum Stuff

Enemy Dialogue (Combat)

  • "You're gonna have holes where your face used to be!"
  • "Stay still while I smash your face into the ground!"
  • "Haha! Knock him to the ground!"
  • "You're gonna lie bleeding on the ground!"
  • "Gonna smash you into pieces!"
  • "Gonna beat the crap outta ya!"
  • "I'm going to pulverize you!"
  • "I'm going to turn your bones to dust!"
  • "You're going to bleed out your face!"
  • "Get him on the ground and stomp on his face!"
  • "You're dead, Batman!"
  • "Let's finish this!"

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