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Bullock’s never really trusted Batman, and that’s part of what makes that character so interesting. If he ever warmed up to Bats like Gordon has, then he’d just be a lesser Gordon. It’s that conflict that keeps the dynamic fresh.

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In Justice League of America #121 which is part two of story that involves Adam Strange it is stated that Adam will die instantly if he sets foot on the earth’s surface. This is due to Sardath making it possible for Adam to remain permanantly on Rann by removing the zeta beam radiation from his body. My question is when did this change so that he could now set foot on Earth and on Rann?

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Glad he didn’t change, that really does make him a great character. Thankyou so much @HubCityQuestion, I really appreciate it.:grinning:

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The Ambigiously Gay Duo was first introduced on the Dana Carvey Show, in '96. It moved to SNL later that year. Played for laughs, like everything else on the show, the pair were clearly and obviously, thinly disguised versions of Batman & Robin. Having fun, with the ever present “cloud” of homosexuality that some, always saw in the stories. A couple of panels during the Golden Age, showed Bruce and Dick in the same bed together. That, and other “questionable” scenes, along with the outright sadism and cruelty depicted in other comics, helped give Dr. Fredric Wertham all the ammo he needed to assault the popular comics industry back then. Which of course lead to the Comics Code Authority, that oversaw everything from 1954 until 2011.

In all fairness to the good doctor (known to today’s readers, mostly by reputation), he was a very progressive psychiatrist in his day. He treated poor people of color during a time of heightened discrimination in the field of mental health. Much of his work was instrumental to the courts, which helped to overturn many segregation statutes in effect at that time. Most notably “Brown vs Board of Education.” Look it up. This was also part 'n parcel of his concern for the youth of America. Which in turn lead to Seduction of the Innocent, in 1953. So no, he was not quite the one dimensional “boogeyman” of our beloved comics industry, as has been portrayed. There was much more to him, than that. But, that was then …

Today of course, we live in a very different political climate. And not to everyone’s liking. LGBTQ personalities have finally been allowed to come out of the closet and the shadows. Superman and Batman are both experiencing their own personal dynamic family changes, in that regard. Even Wonder Woman is now giving credence to that background aspect of her Amazonian heritage, in various realities. Using current vernacular, one might even call them “woke” moments. Time and $ales (as always) will determine the final outcome of those decisions.

I can’t help but wonder what the well meaning (if perhaps misguided) Dr. would say about the comics world today? And what new definition he might apply to juvenile delinquency? He and all those who supported him, firmly believed, they were in the right. Sound familiar?

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Adam Strange crash lands on Earth in his backup feature in Green Lantern #134 in 1980. He lives and returns to Rann in the next issue. I don’t remember the in story explanation.

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Hey HCQ,
Of the first five Robins (Dick, Jason, Tim, Steph, and Damian), each one has been Batman/woman (depending on their gender, although personally, I’m with Helena, I don’t see why Steph and Carrie, and hopefully one day Maps, can’t be Batman too) in at least one storyline/alternate timeline/parallel dimension/possible future. Many of them have done it more than once, so my question is, what was the first time for each of them?
Thanks!

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Has anyone ever gotten lost in a boom tube?

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Yes, it reminds me of literally everyone ever. I’m genuinely curious what your point is.

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Carrie was Batman in the first few issues of Master Race and Batwoman in the last issue and its sequel, Golden Child.

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Oh, cool!

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Yeah, I don’t think I’m a fan of where that’s going.

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If Robin was meant to lighten Batman up, why is Batman still so dark?

Also, why is Batman so dark, when Bruce Wayne is fully capable of being bright?

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I don’t know if this is a question for the Question so much as a philosophical inquiry that different creators will likely have different answers to, but here are my answers:

To my mind, the Robin who most embodies the “lightening up” aspect is Tim, since this was the whole reason he appointed himself. And I don’t know if Tim means “light” in terms of vibe so much as in terms of morality: Bruce doesn’t kill, which, in a way, makes him lighter than candy-colored superheroes like Captain America. And I think that’s very much thanks to the rest of the family. I know most evil or chaotic neutral Batman variants have their own backstories, but I think the Bat-Family is very much the barrier between Bruce and Omega, the Batman Who Laughs, Thomas Wayne, Owlman, the other Dark Knights, etc., etc. Many of their stories involve the Bat-Family as we know it being destroyed or collapsing.

And as to why Bruce is so different in his two personas… Is he? I think Batman sees Bruce Wayne as a disguise, where he pretends to be the lighter version of himself that could have been if not for that fateful night in Crime Alley. But - and I think, oddly, Magic Tree House may have put it best - Masks can “sometimes […] bring out the truth inside”. And Bruce Wayne and Batman are both masks, in a way. And because he switches between them so effortlessly, I think even he doesn’t know which one, if either, is the real him. For me, the uncertainty over which part is an act is kind of the point, very much like Hamlet.

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That was a genius response that just opened my mind to Batman in a completely new perspective. Thanks @drewzirocks.3500!

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oh I certainly hope so I really do because nothing would make me happier but to see a Superman family animated series actually come to pass because that would be really awesome and tons of fun.

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Wow, that sounds eerily familiar. Did that issue also involve an awkward interaction with a jolly rancher? :sweat_smile:

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