As pretty much anyone who has ever done comics blogging can tell you, PhotoShop is a wonderful thing. Not only is it an essential tool in making characters say horrible things to each other, it’s a way for fans to make their dreams come true.
That’s the premise behind Brave and the Bold: The Lost Issues, a totally awesome blog where a fan named Ross creates team-up issues for Batman that, like a lot of Great Comics we talk about here at ComicsAlliance, never actually happened, thus making him the Internet’s Foremost Hypothetical Batmanologist. I’ve been following it for a while, but if you haven’t, you’re missing out on some great fun stuff, which is why I’ve put together ten of my favorites!
A great execution of a simple concept that’s put way over the top with the promise of KISS performing “The Music of Batman.”
Considering that Godzilla’s mid-70s Marvel comic actually involved him being shrunk down to a few inches tall and fighting rats in a sewer, growing back up to six feet tall and boxing Dum Dum Dugan, and giong back in time to fight Devil Dinosaur, swapping him in for Swamp Thing in the issue above seems pretty logical.
Speaking of Devil Dinosaur, here’s one where Ross found a Jack Kirby Batman and then created the mashup I’ve been wanting my entire life.
One of the things that makes “The Lost Issues” so great is seeing Ross find the perfect two images to combine, like Frank Miller’s Elektra dropped in in place of Jim Aparo’s Nemesis. The end result is something that looks like it actually could’ve happened!
Another great thing are the covers that you see and then immediately know the story: A cryogenically frozen Dr. Hugo Strange gets thawed out in the 30th Century when the Guardians mistake him for the legendary Batman, and hijinx ensue.
Batman + Flaming Skull + Supernatural Motorcycle + Mephisto + “The Unlikeliest HQ Of All!” = RAD. That’s math.
This is another one put over the top by Ross’s attention to detail, putting not just Batgirl Alfred, Robin and Commissioner Gordon (who I recognize from an equally awesome cover where the Joker has them tied the rocket candles of a giant birthday cake) into a cover that I would pay good money to see.
Probably the best example of “believability” on the site, Ross did an amazing job with this one, making something that actually looks like it could’ve happened. And should’ve.
What this one lacks in believability, with “Sandman’s” gothity Death clashing a little too much with Jim Aparo’s bondaged Batman, it more than makes up for in the sheer hilarity of Death and her pleasant smile yelling boldfaced threats at Batman as he struggles with The Worst Deathtrap Ever on what appears to be a dune right next to Archie and Veronica’s picnic.
This one pretty much speaks for itself, but c’mon: What about Robin and Batgirl being kidnapped in space in the future
There are plenty more awesome pieces to check out on the site, and more coming all the time!