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Bizarro Back Issues: Joker TV! (1967)

Detective Comics #365, DC Comics

You know how every now and then, you'll see a cover on an old comic, and it'll stick with you even if you don't actually read the issue? That happened to me with Detective Comics #365. Ever since I spotted it on the wall at the comic book store where I used to work, I've held on to that image of that Carmine Infantino image of Batman and Robin attacking a house shaped like the Joker's face, a brick facade shaped into the ramshackle rictus of their arch-nemesis, with guns emerging from his eyes and mouth.

It's an amazing image, but it wasn't until I saw it floating around Tumblr the other day that I realized I should actually read the comic --- and it turns out that it's one of the weirdest stories with one of the most fun ideas that I've ever seen in a Silver Age Batman comic.

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The Weirdest Silver Age Batman Comic Panels

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For as much as I love the madness that was the comics of the 1990s, I cannot even imagine how incredible it must have been to be a comic-loving kid (or weird comic loving adult) in the 1950/60s period known as The Silver Age.

Within this gallery, I've put together only the smallest of fractions of some of the entertaining, out-of-context fun that Batman's 75 years of non-stop published stories have afforded us. Try your best to make sense of them.

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‘The Flash’ Post-Show Analysis, Season 3 Episode 11: ‘Dead Or Alive’

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This week, Cisco vibes with a lady, Iris and Wally crack a case, and we throw some shade at Tom Felton's hairline.

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‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 2, Episode 10: ‘Legion of Doom’

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This week’s episode, “Legion of Doom,” takes a closer look at the working relationships between this season’s team of bad guys, while the Legends try to work some stuff out on and around the Waverider. Eric Laneuville wrote the episode, which was written by Phil Klemmer and Marc Guggenheim.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Meet Vanderveer Wayne, Batman’s ‘Powerless’ Cousin (1962)

Batman #148, DC Comics

I'm a sucker for stories that explore what life in a superhero universe is like for the regular people who live there, so I've been pretty interested in the DC superhero sitcom Powerless, debuting February 2 on NBC, ever since it was announced. The thing is, while I knew it was set in a superhero-adjacent business in the DC Universe, and that relatively obscure characters like Crimson Fox were going to show up, there was one connection to the larger DC that I was extremely surprised to hear about; Vanderveer "Van" Wayne, Bruce Wayne's terrible, terrible cousin, played in the show by Alan Tudyk.

That dude is an extremely deep cut, showing up in one issue back in 1962, but really? If you're looking for a grandstanding and somewhat oblivious boss for a piece of the Wayne family's corporate empire, he's pretty much perfect.

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‘Gotham’ Post-Show Analysis, Season 3, Episode 14: ‘Mad City: The Gentle Art of Making Enemies’

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Welcome to Wayne’s World, the latest ComicsAlliance TV recap series, jumping right into the middle of the third season of Fox’s Gotham, the show about the childhood of Bruce Wayne and the world of Batman before Batman.

This week, the city of Gotham plunges into chaos as Jerome takes Bruce Wayne out to the carnival in the Gotham winter finale.

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‘The Daily Show’ Realizes Trump Is Somehow Also Heath Ledger’s Joker

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There’s a certain theatrical nihilism to Donald Trump that lends itself well to Batman’s greatest nemesis, as we’ve seen Mark Hamill repeatedly demonstrate with his Joker-ized take on Trump tweets. As it turns out, the parallel works eerily well with other Jokers, as The Daily Show discovers with horrifying precision.

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‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 2, Episode 9: ‘Raiders of the Lost Art’

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The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow follows a time-traveling team of misfits that includes historian Nate Heywood, Arrow’s Atom and White Canary, both halves of Firestorm, and Flash rogue Heat Wave. Recappers Matt Wilson and James Leask are on hand to deliver our Legends of Tomorrow post-show analysis, Stuff of Legends.

The show returns from a brief hiatus this week with "Raiders of the Lost Art," in which the Legends find an old friend and save Howard the Duck from being erased from movie history. No, really. The episode was directed by Dermott Downs and written by Keto Shimizu and Chris Fedak.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Green Arrow Plus Aqua (1959)

Adventure Comics #267, DC Comics

Last week, I wrote about "Manhunt on Land," an Aquaman story where he drove around in a pickup truck full of fish to track down a sea crook who had taken to land for the express purpose of avoiding being dragged back to jail by Aquaman. That in and of itself is a solid premise, but what really makes it interesting is that it was a strange little rarity of the Silver Age: It was actually a crossover with a Green Arrow story in the same issue.

Sadly, the second half doesn't have the immediate hook of a pickup truck that's also an aquarium, but it's definitely a story worth talking about --- not just because of the unusual crossover element, but because it has one of the most shocking endings I've ever read. And for the Silver Age, that's saying something.

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‘Gotham’ Post-Show Analysis, Season 3 Episode 13: ‘Mad City: Smile Like You Mean It’

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Welcome to Wayne’s World, the latest ComicsAlliance TV recap series, jumping right into the middle of the third season of Fox’s Gotham, the show about the childhood of Bruce Wayne, and the world of Batman before Batman. Your Gotham guides are Dylan Todd, an old hand at the recap game, but completely new to the show; and Tara Marie, a new recapper, but a dyed-in-the-wool Gotham fan.

In this episode, Barbara schemes, Selina gets played, and the proto-Joker's face gets taken out for a spin. "Smile Like You Mean It" was directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi, and written by Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt.

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