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Pope Francis, Urban, and Sword: A crusader Knight raises his sword upon the declaration of a crusades by pope urban II (1095)

A crusader Knight raises his sword upon the declaration of a crusades by pope urban II (1095)

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Crusades, Ace, and Jerusalem: Jews fighting for Jerusalem during the crusades circa 1100 ACE

Jews fighting for Jerusalem during the crusades circa 1100 ACE

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Memes, The Penguin, and Green Lantern: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILLEINGER! DAY ATMAN HISTORYOF a Hey Gothamites! History of the Batman wants to wish American comic book writer and Batman co-creator Bill Finger a bat-tastic 103rd birthday! Born Milton "Bill" Finger on February 8th, 1914, he began writing comic strips in the same studio as artist Bob Kane in 1938. After National Comics (Now @DCComics) approached Kane to create a hero just as popular as their newest star, Superman and Kane conceived the idea for a character called "The Bat-Man", Finger was brought in to ghost write on the project. Not only did Bill Finger do major design changes to Kane's original vision of the Bat-Man, such as changing the red and yellow color scheme to blue and grey, the domino mask to a cowl, the stiff bat wings to a flowing cape, but he also made Bat-Man a scientific detective (inspired by figures like Douglas Fairbanks and Sherlock Holmes), even adding gloves to the vigilante's ensemble. Those elements and Finger's brilliant stories mixed with Kane's superhero vigilante persona refined the character as the dark icon of the DC Universe to Superman's bright image, and the Bat-Man was launched in Detective Comics (Vol 1) 27 in March 1939. Bill Finger's contributions surpass just creating Batman, but he is also credited for mythology such as the Batmobile, the Batcave and naming Batman's home 'Gotham City' [original art by Paul Roman Martinez : The19XX.com]. Finger also co-created classic characters like (but not limited to) Robin, the Boy Wonder, Green Lantern, Wild Cat, The Joker (with Kane and Jerry Robinson), The Riddler (with Dick Sprang) and The Penguin. Finger passed in 1974, and in his honor, Comic-Con International established in 2005 the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing. Due to Bob Kane's contract with National Publications back in 1939 stating he was the sole creator of 'the Bat-Man', for 75 years Bill Finger was not credited with the creation of the Caped Crusader. It wasn't until September 2015 when DC Comics announced Finger would begin to see credit for Batman in DC Comics. We thank Bill Finger for being one of the most important aspects of Batman's history by celebrating his creation every day. โœŒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿฆ‡๐ŸŽ‰
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Memes, Playboy, and Poison Ivy: AMAN "50 Tales for 50 Years: A Celebration of Barbara Gordon" - 2005: Batgirl Begins: In September 2004, a new Batman centric animated show aired on Kids' WB called 'The Batman', created by Michael Goguen and Duane Capizzi. 'The Batman' follows Bruce Wayne in his apparent 3rd year of being Batman in Gotham City, juggling between fighting colorful villains such as The Joker and Penguin and being a playboy billionaire in his early 20s. Not set within the first DC Animated Universe created by Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett and others, 'The Batman' featured character designs by Japanese-American concept artist Jeff Matsuda. While keeping the same values the Caped Crusader, his allies and infamous rogues gallery sustained over several decades, Matsuda gave a sleek re-design that still presented a mysterious crime drama for a younger audience to appreciate. The original Batgirl returned to the small animated screen in this series, debuting in the two part episode "Batgirl Begins", originally debuting in September 2005. When Barbara Gordon's (voiced by Danielle Judovits) father, Commissioner Gordon, is tied up in the thorny clutches of environmentalist Pamela Isley aka Poison Ivy, Barbara transforms into the new young vigilante Batgirl in order to save her father and stop her friend. While Batman is reluctant to seek help from this new crime fighter and does his best for Batgirl to not deduce that Bruce Wayne and Batman are one in the same, throughout the series Batgirl cements her place within the Batman Family. โœŒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ“–๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŽ‰

"50 Tales for 50 Years: A Celebration of Barbara Gordon" - 2005: Batgirl Begins: In September 2004, a new Batman centric animated show aired...

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Alive, Apparently, and Batman: 78 . Merry Christmas Eve Gothamites! Looking for the perfect modern Batman tale to read in honor of the holiday? Then Lee Bermejo's one shot graphic novel 'Batman: Noรซl' is the one for you! Written and illustrated by Bermejo with interior art by Barbara Ciardo (colors) and Todd Klein (letters), the late 2011 story mixes Batman lore and elements from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". Taking place during Christmas in Gotham City, Batman tracks down a struggling worker wrapped up in a Joker scheme named Bob Cratchit. With no intel, Batman lets him go but places a tracker on him. While in the Batcave coughing from an apparent cold, Bruce watches Bob and his son Tim in their home with a surveillance camera, wanting to arrest him now. But his butler Alfred reminds him having his son involved can lead to drastic consequences, as he experienced with the late Jason Todd (represented by Jacob Marley). Then, Batman responds to the sudden Bat-Signal, where Commissioner Gordon tells Batman that Catwoman (the Ghost of Christmas Past) has information about the Joker, but demands that she only talks to Batman. Confronting Catwoman, Batman discovers that she was lying and they reminisce about old times together. After their encounter, Batman is confronted by Superman (the Ghost of Christmas Present), who after using his x-ray vision on Batman, discovers he is coming down with pneumonia, but Batman ignores his concern. Returning to his Batmobile, the vehicle explodes and knocks out the Caped Crusader. The Joker (the Ghost of Christmas Future) arrives and drags Batman's body to the Gotham cemetery and buries him alive. While buried, Batman suffers visions of Gotham in chaos after his death and reflects on his own grim black and white view of the world since Jason Todd passed. Digging himself free, Batman saves Bob and Tim from Joker. Temped to kill Joker, Batman talks Bob out of it to be a good representation for his son. Refusing to kill him and the Joker arrested, Bruce Wayne gives Bob a raise and a better Christmas Tree. In the end the narrator reveals himself to be Bob, asking his son Tim the moral of the story. We'll have more Batman Christmas stories tomorrow so stay tuned!

Merry Christmas Eve Gothamites! Looking for the perfect modern Batman tale to read in honor of the holiday? Then Lee Bermejo's one shot grap...

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