Welcome to the five hundred and seventy-first in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to update it in a while). This week, did Batman first introduce the “What If?” comic? Was DC Comics almost re-named Dynamic Comics in the 1980s? And what’s the deal with the “missing” pilot episode of M.A.S.K.?
NOTE: The column is on three pages, a page for each legend. There’s a little “next” button on the top of the page and the bottom of the page to take you to the next page (and you can navigate between each page by just clicking on the little 1, 2 and 3 on the top and the bottom, as well).
COMIC LEGEND: Batman had a “What If?” comic years before Marvel’s What If? series debuted.
Reader Thomas N. wrote in with this awesome piece of comic book history.
Over a decade before Marvel’s first issue of What If…? in 1977…
Batman had his OWN What If? comic!
Obviously, the idea of “imaginary stories” had long been a piece of DC Comics history, like the classic Death of Superman and alternate reality stories have long been a common fiction trope. However, in late 1965’s Detective Comics #347, we got something much different. The cover of the comic even knew how different it was…
As did the first page of the comic…
The story, by Gardner Fox, Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella, was a normal enough story, where Batman defeats the villainous Bouncer at the end of the tale…
but then things get weird…
Robin works at his revenge and finally succeeds…
I don’t know what the response to DC was like, but soon after this, the Batman TV series blew up, and I suspect that this new idea was just swept away, as DC didn’t need to come up with new ideas when the TV series was making them sell pretty much anything with a bat on it.
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