Monday, May 08, 2006

Barr. Davis. Neary. Batman.

I shouldn't have to say anymore than that, but I will! A new Comics You Should Own column is up, featuring Detective Comics #569-574, written by Mike W. Barr, drawn by Alan Davis, and inked by Paul Neary. Such good comics! Such a shame it was so brief!


Blogger Bully said...

A great piece on a great run. Bravo and thanks.

This was the only Batman writing that ever made me like Jason Todd.


Which only goes to prove: there are no bad characters. There are only bad ways characters are handled.

5/08/2006 03:32:00 PM  
Anonymous sterg said...

I agree with Bully. Jason Todd made more sense with them than with anyone else, which made it all the more sad when the little guy got offed not too long afterwards. Appealing to readers by killing off major characters is a sign of desperate story-telling.

That run on Detective was an excellent combo of the stuff that made the 60s TV show work but not so campy as to be ridiculous.
My question is, why was this run so short? It seems like they had the proverbial lightning in the bottle.

Was there some kind of tiff or other obligations pulling folks away? Their run was too long to be a fill-in, plus this led up to the big Detective anniversary issue, if I remember correctly. Is this fodder for a comic book urban legends revealed?

5/08/2006 04:11:00 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Sterg: I always assumed Davis got a better offer from Marvel, but I could be wrong. Barr wrote Year Two and a couple of issues after it, but I don't know why he left. Maybe it just wasn't the same without Davis.

5/08/2006 04:20:00 PM  
Anonymous sterg said...

Another funny thing was that McFarlane followed up on Detective after Davis and Neary left, and then Marvel just picked him up too.

It's like Detective was the gateway to Marvel comics contracts...

or coincidence?
(cue dramatic music)

5/09/2006 01:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Kris said...

I seem to recall reading an interview with Davis way back where he said he wasn't happy with the editors.Something to the effect not getting any feedback on his work one way or the other.It surprised me at the time since he and Barr had just come off a similarly great run on the outsiders.Anyway,yeah great run.What a shame the year 2 story wraped up with Mcfarlane...

5/09/2006 05:22:00 AM  

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