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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 305

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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 305

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!

Today we look at another Alan Brennert one-off classic, “The Autobiography of Bruce Wayne” from The Brave and the Bold #197 (with art by Joe Staton and George Freeman)…


By the time Brennert wrote this issue, the Earth 2 Bruce Wayne and his wife, the Earth 2 Selina Kyle, had both been dead for awhile, and their daughter, Helena, had become the Huntress.

In this issue, Brennert has Bruce tell us the story of how he and Selina got together. It is a charming, heartfelt story exceptionally told by Brennert, who really is a master of the short comic book story.

Joe Staton does a marvelous job on the story evoking a Dick Sprang-esque style to achieve a sort of subtle way of showing that this is the Earth 2 Batman (the Golden Age Batman). And Brennert uses the auto-biography aspect of the story to great effect…

This issue takes place about fifteen years into Batman’s career, and he is mostly worried about being alone…

This fear of being alone is exploited by the Scarecrow’s fear gas…

In a clever solution, showing that even when his mind is altered Batman is still thinking strategically, since the Scarecrow’s gas has made all those that Batman cares about disappear, Batman turns to someone he DOESN’T care about, Catwoman!

Naturally, though, the two are drawn together during their case (which Batman tells her is a case about Robin and others being kidnapped). Here’s a great scene together…

And here’s an even better one…

But now that they are close, what happens when Catwoman ALSO disappears? And how do they stop Scarecrow? Pick up this issue to find out (or read the various “Best of” collections it has appeared in)!!!

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