As regular ComicsAlliance readers know very well, I pretty much always take the position that any story that doesn't have Batman in it would be vastly improved if Batman was in it. Seriously, think of the best non-Batman story you can. Now imagine, say, Hamlet or whatever with a rocket car and a dude throwing Batarangs at supervillains, and just try to tell me that it wouldn't be better that way. And for the record, that theory includes picture books for babies, too.

Now, we're finally seeing this theory being put to the test with Goodnight Batcave, a brand-new parody of children's classic Goodnight Moon from writer Dave Croatto and artist Tom Richmond that's coming from MAD Magazine this November. Check out a preview below, and witness the improvement for yourself!


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And here's the official description from MAD:


Venture into Batman’s secret lair with the “Usual Gang Of Idiots” at MAD Magazine as they try to put the Dark Knight to rest in the all-new story, GOODNIGHT BATCAVE. Just in time for the holidays, the in(famous) comedy writers at MAD mix legendary DC Comics heroes and villains to create the 100% unauthorized Goodnight Moon parody, available November 2.

Batman may be ready for bed — but crime never sleeps! And before the Caped Crusader can turn in for the night, he’ll have to deal with villains like the Joker, Bane, Mr. Freeze, Catwoman and the Penguin. If the Dark Knight hopes to ever catch some Zs, he’ll have to catch Gotham’s most dangerous criminals first!

Written by MAD editor Dave Croatto and illustrated by MAD artist Tom Richmond, the ridiculously funny parody will be available in stores and online November 2 for the price of $14.99. For more information, please visit