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Bane, Batman, and Best Friend: GHISTORMSETHEBATMAN Evening Gothamites! For Father's Day, Thomas Wayne is celebrated but we cannot forget Bruce Wayne's father figure that aided him into becoming the man and hero he is today. Created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson, Alfred Pennyworth is Bruce Wayne's dedicated butler, assistant, best friend and father figure (left panel: Lee Weeks art from Batman Secret Files and Origins 1 (October, 1997) presented). In Pre-Crisis continuity, instead of Pennyworth he was Alfred Beagle, an over-weight clean shaven World War I field medic who by his father's last request wanted to be Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson's butler. Eventually Beagle discovered the Batcave housing a wounded Batman. Beagles medic and intelligence skills were an asset, making him an automatic family member. After William Austin's role in the Batman Black and White Serial, Beagle was changed to Alfred Pennyworth in Detective Comics (Vol 1) 83 (January 1944), returning from a health resort slimmed down with a thin mustache. Alfred was killed in Detective 328 (June 1964) and years later was revived in Detective 356 (October 1966) by scientist Brandon Crawford. In Post-Crisis continuity, Alfred was part of the Wayne family since Bruce was young, being his legal guardian after Thomas and Martha Wayne's death. After this event, he has a large part of being there when Bruce makes a vow to avenge his parent's death. Alfred is there even through the hardest times of Bruce's life, such as his back-breaking experience with the villain Bane and his apparent death against Darkseid. This particular loss of his "son" can be seen in Judd Winick's Batman (Vol 1) 687 from August 2009 (right panel: Alex Ross cover to issue 686 presented), part of the Batman R.I.P series after the death of Bruce Wayne. Continuing to be at his side in The New 52 and comics - media today, we commemorate both Thomas Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth for Father's Day, raising Bruce Wayne the man and Batman the hero. Thanks for following and stay tuned for more History of the Batman soon! [Sources: bit.ly-1tkZxoc, bit.ly-15BBsEC ; HOTB is releasing this content under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License 3.0.] ✌🏼💙🦇
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Batman, Life, and Memes: THE ARE ettiSToproF THE ATMAN We continue to celebrate the life of the late Adam West as we look at his role within the Batman universe. After the cancellation of the live action "Batman" series in 1968, for almost a decade Adam West wanted to separate himself from the Caped Crusader persona. It wasn't until 1977's animated television show "The New Adventures of Batman" produced by Filmation and distributed under Warner Bros. Television that both Adam West and Burt Ward return to voice Batman and Robin. While this illustrated brief but commercial success, 1992's episode from the classic "Batman: The Animated Series" titled 'The Gray Ghost' (left poster by VegetarianGoat on Deviantart, right poster by Phantom City Creative on Mondotees.com) introduced a new generation to Adam West's Batman. In this episode, it shows in a flashback a young Bruce Wayne watching his favorite television hero; "those with evil hearts beware for out of the darkness comes...'The Gray Ghost!" The episode, titled 'The Mad Bomber", when an unknown villain destroys a building using an explosive, becomes relevant to present Bruce Wayne - Batman (voiced by Kevin Conroy) when a similar explosion occurs in Gotham, attached a signed note from "The Mad Bomber". With a shrine to the Gray Ghost in the Batcave, Batman's fictional hero now can serve as a real life one when he seeks help from the Gray Ghost himself, Simon Trent (voiced by Adam West). A now bankrupt actor who recently sold his 'Gray Ghost' merchandise, Batman's contact with Trent was at first filled with anger and disappointment. But once the Gray Ghost realized crimes in the city were paralleled to one of his episodes at the height of his career, he finds the courage in himself and through his idol to team up and save Gotham. West's 1960s portrayal of the Caped Crusader in the television series 'Batman' turned this DC Comics character into a cultural icon. With him as Paul Dini's first choice to voice Simon Trent, 'The Gray Ghost' illustrated the dynamic duo of Kevin Conroy and Adam West, bringing together two of the most celebrated Dark Knights today. RIPBatman ✌🏼💙🦇🙏🏽
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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. ✌🏼💙🦇🎉
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Memes, Craig, and Gotham: THINGS REALLY WERE PERFECT." HISTORY OFT HEBATMAN I'M ILL HAVE TO CONGRATULATE SEVEN WEEKS DICK. PREGNANT HE'S ONLY BEEN BACK FOR THREE SHE'S PREGNANT "50 Tales for 50 Years: A Celebration of Barbara Gordon" - 2014: Older Wounds: In the mainstream continuity of Batman comics since Batgirl's debut in Detective Comics 359, the dynamic between Bruce Wayne and Commissioner Gordon's daughter has been platonic. However, in other alternate timelines, such as the animated Batman Beyond television universe created by Bruce Timm and even the extended comic book universe of this future Gotham, it is shown that Bruce and Barbara have had a romantic companionship. In the Batman Beyond comic universe, both Bruce and Barbara's dynamic and the falling out between Dick Grayson and Batman are explored in @KyledHiggins and Alec Siegel's Batman Beyond 2.0 issue 28, illustrated by Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur and Craig Rousseau. As part of the Mark of the Phantasm arc, Terry McGinnis is told about the time when Dick Grayson returns from Bludhaven to Gotham City and the romantic flame between him and Babs reignites. Come to Barbara's surprise, however, she is 7 weeks pregnant but it can't be Grayson's child; he has only been back to Gotham for 3 weeks. Barbara visits Bruce in the Batcave who asks why she hasn't been around for a while. Barbara tells Bruce she's pregnant with his child with his reaction being he wants to stay out of breaking the news to Dick. This quickly changes when Bruce talks to Dick anyway, confesses that while he was gone from Gotham he had an affair with Barbara and now she's pregnant. Enraged and hurt, as Dick gets into a fist fight with Bruce, Barbara is in an alley trying to stop a mugging when she gets hit in the stomach and falls to the ground, ending in her losing the baby by miscarriage. In an interview with DC Comics after this story originally was released, Higgins stated "From Barbara’s standpoint, it’s like trying to date your ex-boyfriend’s brother. Or, from Bruce’s standpoint, your brother’s ex-girlfriend. It’s not exactly a healthy move. Of course, that’s what makes it so interesting." ✌🏼💜💛📖🎨🎉
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