Saturday, November 21, 2015

Tragic and magic

Bill Finger’s story has proven to be both tragic and magic in inspiring kids to write, research, and do good in the world.

Carry on.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Bill Finger Appreciation Group is appreciated right back

The Bill Finger Appreciation Group interviewed me on film in 2009...even before I had sold my Bill Finger manuscript.

In the wake of the big Bill Finger news, the BFAG posted this kind message:

Yet again, I must thank Derek Wolfford who in creating the BFAG has gone above and bat-yond in helping raise awareness in grand style of the legacy of Bill Finger. And as a designer, he has also helped me personallyhere (Bill-related) and here (not).

Always bears repeating: if youre a Batman fan, youre a Bill Finger fan. 

And if youre a Bill Finger fan, you, too, owe a debt of gratitude to the Bill Finger Appreciation Group. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

DC superhero team-ups (one-shots)

Growing up, two of my favorite comic book series were The Brave and the Bold (which teamed Batman with another hero or heroes) and DC Comics Presents (same deal with Superman). Love me a team-up. And especially love me an unconventional team-up.

Therefore, here is a gallery of team-ups outside of those series (or any other ongoing monthlies). Most are one-shot stories but a few are miniseries. Some are typical (Flash/Green Lantern) but many are not (Shazam!/Katana). None are intercompany crossovers (Superman/Spider-Man) or superhero/non-superhero crossovers (Superman/Bugs Bunny).

 Batman/Green Arrow: The Poison Tomorrow (1992)

 Lobo/Deadman: The Brave and the Bald (1995)

 Batman/Deadman: Death and Glory (1996)

 Batman/Demon (1996)

 Lobo/Demon: Helloween (1996)

 Worlds Finest Three: Superboy/Robin #1 (1996, 2-issue series)

 Detention Comics (Robin/Superboy/Warrior) (1996); 
despite what the cover implies, the three characters
star in solo stories within

 Robin Plus Impulse (1996)

 Flash Plus Nightwing (1996)

 Green Lantern Plus Ray (1996) 

Azrael Plus Question (1996)

 Superman Plus Legion of Super-Heroes (1997)

 Batman Plus Arsenal (1997)

 Wonder Woman Plus Jesse Quick (1997)

 Supergirl Plus Shazam! (Mary Marvel) (1997) 

Superboy Plus Shazam! (Captain Marvel, Jr.) (1997)

 Sovereign Seven Plus Legion of Super-Heroes (1997)

 Robin Plus Fang (Scare Tactics) (1997)

 Catwoman Plus Scream Queen (Scare Tactics) (1997)

 Impulse Plus Gross-Out (Scare Tactics) (1997) 

Superboy Plus Slither (Scare Tactics) (1997)

 Superman/Wonder Woman: Whom Gods Destroy #1 (1997, 4-issue series)

Green Lantern/Flash: Faster Friends #1 (1997, 2-issue series)

Batman/Wildcat #1 (1997, 3-issue series)

Catwoman/Wildcat #1 (1998, 4-issue series;
two Bill Finger creations you would not
expect to see together)
Double-Shot: Atom/Impulse (1998) 

Double-Shot: Robin/Argent (1998)

 Double-Shot: Supergirl/Prysm (1998) 

Double-Shot: Superboy/Risk (1998)

 JLA/Titans #1 (1998, 3-issue series)
 Flash/Green Lantern: The Brave and the Bold #1 (1999, 6-issue series)
Green Lantern/Superman: Legend of the Green Flame (2000)

 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #1 (2000, 4-issue series)

 Batman/Lobo (2000)

 Hitman/Lobo: That Stupid Bastich! (2000)

Batman/Demon: A Tragedy (2000)
Circle of Fire: Green Lantern/Adam Strange (2000)

Circle of Fire: Green Lantern/Atom (2000) 

Circle of Fire: Green Lantern/Firestorm (2000)

Circle of Fire: Green Lantern/Power Girl (2000)
 Dead Again: Deadman/Flash (2001)

 Dead Again: Deadman/Robin (2001)

 Dead Again: Deadman/Superman (2001)

 Dead Again: Deadman/Green Lantern (2001) 

Dead Again: Deadman/Spectre (2001)

DC 1st: Superman/Flash (Jay Garrick) (2002) 

DC 1st: Superman/Lobo (2002)

DC 1st: Batgirl/Joker (2002)

 DC 1st: Green Lantern (Alan Scott)/Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) (2002)

 JLA/Spectre: Soul War #1 (2003, 2-issue series)

 Superman/Shazam!: First Thunder #1 (2006, 4-issue series)

Five of a Kind: Grace/Wonder Woman (2007) 

Five of a Kind: Metamorpho/Aquaman (2007)

Five of a Kind: Captain Boomerang/Nightwing (2007) 

Five of a Kind: Katana/Shazam! (2007)

Five of a Kind: Thunder/Martian Manhunter (2007)

 JLA/Hitman #1 (2007, 2-issue series)

  Batman/Lobo #1 (2007, 2-issue series)

Green Lantern/Plastic Man: Weapons of Mass Deception (2010)

 Starman/Congorilla (2011)

Black Canary/Zatanna: Bloodspell (2014)

I will also mention a few quirky team-ups that were ongoing series or parts of an ongoing series. I guess for me what it comes down to is this: if two character names (or, even better, logos) are on the cover, Im in.

 Super-Team Family #2 (Wildcat/Creeper; 1975);

Super-Team Family #13 (Aquaman/Captain Comet; 1977)

 Showcase '96 #1 (Steel/Guy Gardner: Warrior) 

Showcase '96 #3 (Lois Lane/Black Canary; Dr. Fate/Shade)

  Showcase '96 #5 (Green Arrow/Thorn)

  Showcase '96 #6 (Superboy/Demon)

  Showcase '96 #7 (Shazam! [Mary Marvel]/Gangbuster)

Adventures in the DC Universe #13 (Martian Manhunter/Impulse; 1998)

Adventures in the DC Universe #14 (Superboy/Flash; 1998)

 Adventures in the DC Universe #19 (Wonder Woman/Catwoman; 1998)

 Legends of the DC Universe #6 (Superman/Robin; 1998) 

Legends of the DC Universe #26 (Aquaman/Joker; 2000)

 JLA 80-Page Giant #2 (1999):

Plastic Man/Orion

 JLA Showcase 80-Page Giant #1 (2000):

Flash/Black Canary

 Justice League of America 80-Page Giant #1 (2009):

Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)/Red Arrow plus Cinnamon
Green Lantern (John Stewart)/Vixen plus Shining Knight
Black Canary/Zatanna plus Crimson Avenger
Green Arrow/Firestorm plus Bride of Frankenstein
Wonder Woman/Steel plus Black Pirate
Superman/Dr. Light plus Samurai (Super Friends!)

Justice League of America 80-Page Giant 2011 #1:

Batman/Plastic Man
Green Arrow/Ragman
Donna Troy/Bulleteer
Superman/Red Tornado
Oracle/Booster Gold
Green Lantern/Zatanna
Wonder Woman/Supergirl

 DC Universe Presents #13-16 (Black Lightning/Blue Devil; 2012)

Red Hood/Arsenal #1 (2015, ongoing series)

 Harley Quinn/Power Girl #1 (2015, 6-issue series)

Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot/Katana #1 (2016, 6-issue series, though it is an anthology so remains to be seen if the characters will actually share any stories)

Thanks to John Wells for filling in gaps.

Can you think of any I’m missing?
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