This is the latest in a series giving you the cultural context behind certain comic book characters/behaviors. You know, the sort of then-topical references that have faded into the “foggy ruins of time.” To wit, twenty years from now, a college senior watching episodes of Seinfeld will likely miss a lot of the then-topical pop culture humor (like the very specific references in “The Understudy” to the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding scandal). Here is an archive of all the Foggy Ruins of Time installments so far.
Today, based on a suggestion by commenter Sparko, we take a look at Spider-Man referencing the Tim Burton Batman film…
Amazing Spider-Man #328 came out in October 1989, written by David Michelinie and drawn by Todd McFarlane. The issue was part of the storyline where Spider-Man was given the Captain Universe powers for a little while (just in time for the Acts of Vengeance storyline, so Spider-Man could suddenly take on villains he’d have no chance of defeating earlier). With his new powers, Spidey showed up to take out some bad guys holding hostages in the Statue of Liberty….
This leads to the moment where Spidey amusingly references the hit 1989 Tim Burton film which opened with Michael Keaton holding up a punk, who says “What are you?” and Batman answers, “I’m Batman.”
Here is Spidey re-enacting the scene…
If anyone else has a suggestion for a future edition of this column, drop me a line at email@example.com!
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