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ISSUE NO. 549

DC EXPLODES ON TV - NUMBER 10 of TWELVE
The Big Bang Theory

It's the pen-ultimate installment of our "DC Explodes on TV" series, counting down the top 12 DC comics seen on television. Today it's number three, All-Star Batman #8, which was shown on "The Big Bang Theory," in season 2, episode 20, "The Hofstadter Isotope." To rank second, beating almost all the competition, you'd expect this one to be very special indeed -- and it is!

The characters on "Big Bang Theory" are perhaps the first true comic fans to ever be part of a major hit sitcom. The don't just say "bam" and pow" and mention Star Wars every other sentence. They (or the script-writers) really KNOW their comics! They all dressed as JLA characters for a costume contest in the scene above from "The Justice League Recombination," and then there's THIS little bit of heaven...

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Reader, does the scene above remind you of anything?
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OK, let's get to the episode, "The Hofstadter Isotope."
The gang goes to a comic book shop...

The following comics are seen on the rack in the foreground...

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Leonard and Raj get into a fight over a particular comic book...
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The comic's cover is shown in close-up...
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Later, Leonard is seen actually (gasp!) reading the comic!
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XAnd here's the book itself... All-Star Batman #8, by Frank Miller and Jim Lee, with a variant cover by the one and only Neal Adams.

Rather than just grab a random comic from the racks, the producers put some care into their selection. Most issues of this title would not be worth fighting over. They're too new, and too readily available.

But this is not a "regular" issue. It's got a special variant cover drawn by
Neal Adams, a surreal meshing of the Joker's face with Batman's cowl. Issues with this Adams variant cover have quadrupled in value since they were first printed in January 2008.

Since The Big Bang episode in which this comic appears was set in April 2009, this book really WOULD have been worth fighting over!

Here's a closer look at just the artwork...
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The original promo (below, left) used to create the DBB ad (below, right).
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