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DC EXPLODES ON TV - NUMBER THREE
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 cover number THREE, from"The Big Bang Theory."

The characters on this show are perhaps the first realistic comic fans to ever be portrayed on a major hit sitcom. They don't just say "bam" and pow" and mention Star Wars every other sentence. They (or the script-writers) really KNOW their comics! Examples abound. Below, they're seen dressed as JLA characters for a costume contest in the episode "The Justice League Recombination."

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And then there's this...
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But neither of these are the covers we chose for the number three spot! It appears in "The Hofstadter Isotope," when the gang goes to a comic book shop...

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

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Sheldon and Wolowitz 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, Sheldon 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.

This Big Bang episode was set in April 2009, a time when this book really WOULD have been worth fighting over!

BELOW: A closer look at that mind-blowing Neal Adams cover...
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