Gorshin's final riddle:
"Back to the Batcave" now on DVD

The Batman TV show reunion movie, "Back to the Batcave," is now available on DVD. In the delightfully camp movie, Adam West and Burt Ward are taken on a crazy adventure when the Batmobile is stolen and they must track down the thief and return it. The clues to finding the Batmobile are hidden in their past, making for lots of interesting flashbacks that reveal great little tidbits about the TV show. For example, Burt Ward was totally new to acting when he landed the part, and frequently got injured after being talked into doing his own stunts. "Batcave" also stars villainess Julie (Catwoman) Newmar, and features the final performance of the late Frank Gorshin as the Riddler (pictured right).

Breaking the fourth wall
Superheroes aware of the awkward fact that they're in a comic book: Captain Marvel Adventures #197 by C.C. Beck; Green Lantern #19 by Kane/Anderson; and Animal Man #19 by Brian Bolland.

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.Rann tests new superweapon
Rann today announced the completion of the first test of a new superweapon expected to turn the tide in the war against Thanagar. During the test, a tremendous flash of light was seen over Ranagar, Rann's capital city, and Rann's sun appeared to have temporarily undergone some form of bizarre mutation (see photo left).
Details of the new super-weapon's actual effects remain classified, but Defense Minister Sardath declared, "We have created the weapon we need to defeat Thanagar once and for all -- and now, we know it works!" Details will appear here as the story unfolds.

New "Amazing Spider-Man" logo
Spidey's logo was almost fully-formed on his very first issue. By Spider-Man #7, it had achieved a look that would last all the way until issue #394. The logo was made more "Spidery" looking with issue 395. Now, Spidey has a NEW logo (bottom). Why? Why now? Only Marvel knows

Amazing Spider-Man #1 Amazing Spider-Man #7 Amazing Spider-Man #395
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Amazing Spider-Man #520

Imp League: Close-up on Zook
.In a previous post, I discussed the "All-Imp League," made up of the various "imps" that populated many DC comics in the early sixties. One of my favorite imps was not actually an imp, but an alien named "Zook." Zook, unlike Mr. Mxyztplk, tried to help his friend, the Martian Manhunter. First appearing in Detective Comics #311, Zook had several interesting super powers.
He could emit super-heat from one antennae and super-cold from the other, and he could also change his shape into just about anything, like the LSH's somewhat similiar-looking Chameleon Boy. Also unlike the urbane and witty Mxyztplk, Zook was portrayed as an innocent, child-like creature. Either that, or he was retarded. But either way, once you get to know little Zook, you can't help but love him.


Mr. Miracle by Steve Rude
Here's the world's greatest escape artist in a drawing by Steve Rude, first published in the Jack Kirby Collector #35. If you're a Kirby fan at all, then this magazine is a must-have for you. It's a great oversized magazine devoted to all things Kirby. Click the pic for Rude's site, click here for a larger version of Scott.

Joe Kubert's superhero covers
Joe Kubert didn't do covers to superhero books very often -- he was busy turning out masterpiece after masterpiece for DC's war line. But once in a while, Joe DID grace the superheroes with his talents, including: Superman #216, Detective Comics #350, and Justice League of America #72

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