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DC EXPLODES ON TV - NINE of TWELVE
Who's Who #23: "The Ten-Eyed Man"
Continuing "DC Explodes on TV," as we count down the top 12 DC comic covers as seen on television. Today it's number nine, Who's Who #23 featuring the Ten-Eyed Man! This cover was shown on the "Batman Brave and Bold" TV cartoon, in the episode "Emperor Joker."

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As the episode opens, the Ten-Eyed Man is stealing some jewelry!
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Suddenly Bat-Mite and Batman appear on the scene, and Bat-Mite reads a description of the Ten-Eyed Man that comes directly from an issue of DC's Who's Who.
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Here's the comic -- Who's Who #23, January 1987
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Bat-Mite is alarmed to discover that the Ten-Eyed Man was a member of our military's special forces, and therefore he must be a bad-ass fighter! He warns Batman to look out!
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The spread Bat-Mite is holding...

Bat-Mite gets an idea! He gingerly replaces the comic in mylar, files it in a long box...

Then materializes a small cactus in Batman's hand!
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Batman tosses it to the Ten-Eyed man, whose eyes are in his fingertips.
He catches it with his super sensitive eye-fingers and... YEOW!!!!
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"Emperor Joker" also dramatized many OTHER covers -- iIncluding Batman #66, featuring "The Joker's Utility Belt." This comic was also adapted for the Batman TV show, but they didn't have the budget to dramatize the issue's symbolic cover, a scene which didn't appear in the actual story either. But the scene finally made it to TV in "Emperor Joker"! It becomes possible when Joker gets Bat-Mite's powers, and he materializes a huge Batman museum...
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There is is, on the lower left -- an exhibit that recreates of the cover of Batman #37, October 1952, featuring "The Joker's Utility Belt." Art by Dick Sprang!
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It's amazing how closely the creators of BBB followed the original cover. Here they are side by side, in a fake house ad...
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Another exhibit echoes Jim Aparo's memorable "A Death in the Family" cover...
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HAHA! And here's Marshall Rogers classic Joker Fish cover, inked by Terry Austin.
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And in THIS corner, we have a brief lesson in Batman history...
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The original promo (below, left) used to create the DBB ad (below, right).
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AND COMING ON OR ABOUT JULY 1st...
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