Silver Age Christmas - “The Silent Night of the Batman"

All December 2014, we have been celebrating a Silver Age Christmas, with great Silver Age comics about Christmas. For the sake of this endeavor, "Silver Age" will be defined as 1956-1970 (the annoying part about that is that 1951-1955 sort of fall into no man's land, as it is not yet Silver Age but also seems to be a bit late for Golden Age).

We finish with 1969's Batman #219...

“The Silent Night of the Batman" was by Mike Friedrich, Neal Adams and Dick Giordano and this offbeat tale open with Batman swinging by the Gotham Police Department when he sees the Bat-Signal...

Throughout the rest of the eight-page story, people throughout Gotham are stopped short of committing crimes (or other drastic measures that people take when their spirits are down) when they think they see Batman, all the while, Batman is singing carols.

That's some pretty out there stuff for a Batman comic of the modern era.

And what a beautiful shot on the next page, as we learn that it was all part of a Christmas spirit...

What an out-of-the-box idea by Friedrich for the plot, and it is amazing how cool Adams and Giordano make Batman singing look - like it is totally natural. Boy, what a great story. One of Adams' greatest efforts and that's saying something!!

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