Thursday, August 18, 2011

Batman and Galactus (Retro)

 

When I did my more contemporary Batman/Galactus team up I commented that it was an admittedly odd  pairing.  If the two met in the 50's, though, I don't think this match up would seem all that out of place.  Batman was always crossing paths with outlandish monsters and aliens! As much as I like the more serious Batman that preceded and followed that era, those stories were a lot of fun.  I am glad that the animated Batman: The Brave and the Bold series has not shied away from portraying the more whimsical side of the character.

12 comments:

Cathy and Dave said...

Dave sez,

Wacky cover! Awesome!

The '50's was all about Frederick Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent, wasn't it?...

The '60's on was all about comics "policing" itself...

Good times...good times...

Randy Meyer said...

I've been looking at your cover for the Ultimate Nullifier but to no avail. I'm guessing the Whirly-Bat would be the item to save the day in this story!!!

Or more likely the robot dinosaur.

Xenorama said...

it's a pan-galactic gargle blaster that "Barman" serves Galactus. LOL

David

Rick said...

I have always thought that Galactus was bigger then Earth. So how would he be able to enter the Batcave? I'm sure if it was a real story then you would find a way.

Lizard said...

@Rick -- Galactus is usually shown as being about 30-50 feet tall. I've never seen him shown as "bigger than the Earth", but I haven't read a lot of Marvel comics in the past 10 years, so maybe that's new thing.

pblfsda said...

The "bigger than Earth" image probably comes from a 1976 FANTASTIC FOUR story in which Galactus tries to circumvent his oath to not attack Earth by attacking the High Evolutionary's Counter Earth, which shares Earth's orbit but is always on the opposite side of the sun. H.E. tries to defend his planet by confronting Galactus personally. They both expand their size to gargantuan proportions in space, and with Counter Earth in the background they both look larger due to perspective.

I think the expansion scene was Roy Thomas' way of explaining why Galactus was drawn at different heights in FF and THOR.

Ross said...

And this Galactus is from a Thor cover. But don't try to think too hard bout these covers, I use the Bob Haney approach with these - if I think something is cool, it goes in there, continuity be damned!

Rick said...

the different heights problem is one that has plagued the Watcher for years also.

Lizard said...

Re: Watcher, Galactus, height, etc: Blah blah we are cosmic entities of infinite power and we only seem to be human because your minds are incapable of comprehending our true natures blah blah. :)

Slightly back on topic, I can totally see this as a 1950s/early 1960s Batman story. Anyone who thinks it's too silly might remember when Galactus ate the Impossible Man's homeworld and got Cosmic Indigestion so he became a giant brain and disappeared. I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP. (I just got a pile of "Essential Fantastic Four" at GenCon for 5 bucks each and relived my early teens...)

Justin S. Davis said...

So very, very great.

worldmusic said...

I have to get a hold of some these "Essential.." series, and the DC's "Showcase/Presents..." as well. I'm just worried my entire weekend, if not month, will be swallowed up reading them!

Ken Roskos said...

Is it the tux?

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