Batman #496, July 1993, written by Doug Moench, penciled by Jim Aparo
I didn’t read that many comics as a kid but I did have a few from this period. I distinctly remember that the ads in them kept promoting some kind of huge Batman storyline. I was fascinated by it, trying to figure out the plot by the cover images alone.
I’ve been waiting for Brett to post one of the images I remember and here we go. I was obsessed with this one. Really had no idea. I was like, “Robin is dead? The Joker bites hands? Batman comics are not like the cartoon.”
It’s so funny that I just bought the trades of all these issues and, 19 years later, I’m finally learning the story.
Slowly. Very slowly. As a 25 year old man, I will admit that I’m very cautious about when I can be seen reading a giant comic book on the subway.
Just read them on the subway! There’s only a stigma if we, as a society, keep behaving as if there is one. And whatever stigma there is now, it’s nothing compared to the one from 20+ years ago. I don’t think people care anymore.
I may be more fired up than I should be; in my head I’m drawing parallels between reading comics in public and the PDA society allows gay couples to show. I’m becoming a parody of myself.