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80’s Era Mark Waid Gets Poetic About Ace The Bat-Hound

Mark Waid is a comic book writer whose reputation writing superheroes precedes him. But the current BOOM! Studios EIC wasn’t always Mr. “Kingdom Come” or Sir “Irredeemable,” though. Once upon a time, a younger Waid was simply a fan with a pen for poetry and a love of super-heroic pets.

As pointed out by Kiel Phegley, The Captain’s JLA Blog found what is perhaps the greatest poem anyone has ever read regarding Batman’s hound Ace, taken from the 1986 issue of “Amazing Heroes #102.”

Ace had very recently been wiped from DC Comics continuity by the events of “Crisis On Infinite Earths” when this poem was published, but the lovable mutt has since made a striking comeback as a supporting character in the Cartoon Network’s 2005 series “Krypto The Superdog” and more recently on “Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” where he chases Catman up a tree!

Perhaps it’s time for Waid to write volume two? (Insert resounding “Yes” here)

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