Archive for the ‘Batwoman’ Category

DC Yanks the Emergency Brake & Derails Kate Kane (aka Batwoman’s) Love Life

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Batwoman and Maggie SawyerIt was the kiss that rocked DC Comics Universe/s and kept LGBTQ comic fans coming back for more, waiting to see what would happen next. Well, now we know, and as usual when it comes to DC’s forward thinking universes, we are left sorely disappointed, yet again.

After so many well told Batwoman Stories, writers J. H. Williams, III and W. Haden Blackman are calling it quits on the series as of December and leaving DC to deal with the backlash that is certain to happen. I’m left wondering what will become of yet another Batwoman character? Until 2009, when Greg Rucka (W) and J. H. Williams, (III) (A) revived the character in a meaningful way, Batwoman had always been a second rate super heroine, always playing second fiddle to another main character’s story line. In the 50s & 60s she was Batman’s reason for NOT being gay, and in 2006 she was Rene Montoya’s (the Question) side kick. It never ends well for Batwoman when she’s paired with egotistical super heroes, but there was hope this time that Batwoman/Kate would find happiness in a world full of corruption and evil.

After reading the news last night, however, all hopes for Batwoman’s happily ever after are dashed. Here’s the thing, why? Why will the editors at DC not allow this marriage to happen? Everyone knows that Gotham mirrors New York, and DC’s main headquarters . . . New York. Last I knew same-sex marriage was legal in New York, so why not Gotham? But of course that’s not how this will end. They won’t have the balls to be honest in the comic and have the characters deal with the inequality of marriage when it comes to homosexuals. Truth be told, I don’t expect it will be dealt with at all. I really don’t expect the series to continue without Williams and Blackman. If DC decides to bring new writers on board for the series, I don’t expect it to last long. Batwoman has flourished with the exceptional writing of these two guys, but she does not have a history that will allow her to continue without them. She simply does not have what Batman, or any other main stay character does. She’s been brutally stabbed to death, stabbed in the heart yet again, but survived, and beaten and bruised since her inception in 1956. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her go the way of previous Batwoman characters.

Bottom line here is that I’m angry. I’m angry that DC accepted the GLAAD award back in 2012, I’m angry that they got all the attention they did for introducing the first mainstream transgender character in Batgirl (which they’ve not really done anything with, by the way), and I’m angry that they would make such a stupid decision like this one. It seems to me that DC has been making a lot of bad decisions of late when it comes to their approach to equality (having Orson Scott Card write a Superman story comes to mind). I now have to decide whether or not I’m willing to quit the DC universe completely to protest such bad decisions.

Batman complete

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

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I’m thrilled to report that I have managed to complete the issues of Batman that I need. Thanks to all of those who helped make this happen. While I had to buy some issues from EBay, I managed to not pay astronomical amounts to get those. Once I’ve finished this project, I hope to donate all of the issues I’ve bought to the MSU Comics Special Collection. I would like to see others have access to these comics.

So as of now, I’ve managed to collect all but like two comics I need. Actually, maybe just one now thar I’ve learned the other Detective Comics I still need is actually reprinted in a Batman Family issue. Otherwise, all I need is Justice League of America #7. If anyone has this and can send me a digital copy of the cover and the story that Batwoman appears in, that would be great.

batwoman: 17 issues and we finally have an ending . . . what an ending

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

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What can I say . . . WOW. Comics are known for beginning a story arc, letting it run for 4-6 comics, and then concluding it. Well, that hasn’t been the way of DC’s New 52 Batwoman. If you are not reading the series and want to, beware of the upcoming spoilers.

It all began with issue one of the new Batwoman with missing children: lots of missing children. From there the series’s primary focus has been on finding them. Maggie, of the GCPD, is the lead detective on the case, and it’s a very sensitive case for her because her ex-husband refuses to let her have custody of their daughter. Probably something to do with her being a lesbian, but hey, I could be wrong (although we all know I’m probably not).

In the midst of this chaos we learn that Maggie and Kathy Kane are in a relationship. It’s a rocky one though, because Kathy, as Batwoman, is often not there when Maggie could really use her moral support and general company. Maggie is questioning whether or not the relationship between her and Kathy will ever work.

And to top that off, Batwoman scurries around the globe and reunites with many old friends, some new, and a long lost relative thought dead. All the while looking for these missing children.
J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman pull out all of the stops in this 17 issue story arc. True, there are some lines of the story that tie up here and there, but the overall story of the missing children is carried throughout.

I do have some issues with these first 17 issues, however much I love them. At times it was confusing to even attempt to follow the story line, and I have to admit that I need a brush up on my mythology to even know who all of the players are. I know Medusa, and I know I’ve heard of Ceto and others, but I’m not confident in my general knowledge of these characters back stories. Not to mention the entrance of Wonder Woman several issues back. I have to admit that for me, things really got interesting at that point.

The BIG surprise, however, comes at the end of the comic, and it’s not just one surprise, but two. I won’t give the comic away, but let’s just say that perhaps secrecy is not the most important thing in the world, and lost relatives are not always as lost as we believe.

If you are not reading this series, you really need to. The writing and art work are unlike anything I have ever seen in a comic. They don’t just change things up for one or two comics, but they keep it changing. Pick up Batwoman and ENJOY!!

do you own silver or bronze age dc comics? Help needed!

Friday, February 1st, 2013

As mentioned in the previous post, I am searching for all comics that have an appearance of either Earth One’s Batwoman or Kathy Kane.  Yesterday, in pursuit of this goal, I visited MSU’s Comics Collection and was able to get pictures of the stories with Batwoman/Kathy Kane from

  1. Batman #116 – June 1958
  2. Batman #122 – March 1959
  3. Batman #125 – August 1959
  4. Batman #126 – September 1959
  5. Batman #128 – December 1959
  6. Batman #133 – August 1960
  7. Batman #135 – October 1960

I think this is a fairly good start, but I’m not there yet.  In Batman’s alone I still need 15 comics.  I’ve been watching them on Ebay, but they often go for much more than I can afford on a teacher’s salary.

Here is where you come in, if you have any of the following issues I would appreciate it if you would contact me using the “Contact” button on the left.  I do NOT need the actual comics, I just need HD pictures of the cover, letters to editor, and the actual story in which Batwoman/Kathy Kane appears.  This is not ALL of the comics I need, but I’ll post the others in another entry.  Thanks for your help.

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No.,Comic,Number,Month,Year
1,Batman,#105,February,1957
2,Batman,#129,February,1960
3,Batman,#139,April,1961
4,Batman,#140,June,1961
5,Batman,#141,August,1961
6,Batman,#145,February,1962
7,Batman,#147,May,1962
8,Batman,#150,September,1962
9,Batman,#153,February,1963
10,Batman,#155,May,1963
11,Batman,#157,August,1963
12,Batman,#159,November,1963
13,Batman,#162,March,1964
14,Batman,#163,May,1964
15,Batman,#233,August,1964
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Silver and bronze age batwoman

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

I have been working on locating all of the issues in which Batwoman appears from her creation in July of 1956 until her death in January of 1979.  I have been using DC’s Comics Database Wiki, but I have been finding some errors with it.  Not so much in the comics that they list her appearing in, but perhaps some they don’t have listed where she clearly does appear.  For instance, I stumbled on to the fact that she appeared in Batman #131.  She is even on the cover as Kathy Kane with Bruce Wayne, but DC’s Database does not list her appearance in this comic.  Luckily, I’ve also learned that the story she appears in in #131 is reprinted in Batman #254, which the DC Database does list.

I’ve determined that tracking down all of the appearances of Earth One’s Batwoman or Kathy Kane is going to be more challenging than I thought.  I think I have a fairly decent idea of most of her appearances, and I have created a timeline.

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I’m actually really surprised that she appears in as many comics as she does. It slacks off quite a bit from the mid to late 60’s throughout most of the 70’s.  I’m not surprised they killed her off in ’79.  This iteration of Batwoman never fit with any feminist ideals, although I think, from what I’ve read so far, that I’ll find they tried to take both her and Batgirl that direction, but with little luck.  I’m looking forward to getting into the Comics Collection at Michigan State University soon to begin taking pictures of the comics they have from the list.  The ones they don’t have, I’ve slowly been trying to get for a reasonable price on Ebay, but that is proving to be quite tough.

If you know of anyone who has the old silver and bronze age Batman Comics or Detective Comics maybe you could put them in touch with me.  I don’t really need to comics, just scans or high grade photos of the covers and stories she appears in.

SDT (not to be confused with with STD) and Me

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

What is SDT?  Basically, the way I understand it right now, it is the theory that all humans have three psychological needs: coherence—how confident we are in our ability to perform; relatedness—our relationships not only with others, but with our society in general; and autonomy—whether or not we feel we are in control of our lives.  These three basic needs determine our quality of life, or they are the things that are “essential for ongoing psychological growth, integrity, and well-being” (Deci 229).  With that understanding (limited as it may be), how can I relate this to my own experiences and work.

I was about half-way through the Deci and Ryan article when I began thinking about my work in comics, specifically Batwoman.  That lead me to thinking about the other female superheroes like Black Canary, Wonder Woman, Phantom Lady, Black Angel, and many others that were prominent prior to and during WWII.  But, as Mike Madrid points out, “the end of World War II also brought an end to much of the freedom and lives of derring-do that these women enjoyed” (21).  Like these superheroes, many women who had enjoyed unknown freedom during WWII had it suddenly pulled out from underneath them when the men returned home.  Rosie the Riveter was to return to homemaking . . . and be happy about it.

While reading Deci and Ryan, I began to make connections between these ideas of autonomy  coherence, and relatedness and the beginning of the second wave of feminism.  During WWII and the absence of many husbands, women became aware of their ability to function outside of the kitchen, the contribution they could make to society, and the control they could have over their lives, making decisions for themselves rather than having them made for them.  Once the husbands returned, they were forced back into their previous lives.  Many could no longer be happy with these lives because, based on SDT, their base psychological needs were no longer being met.

While reading the Deci and Ryan article often made my head spin, it enabled me to make some connections to things that interest me.  Perhaps it can shed new light on some of my superhero research.

Batwoman Part II: A Digression

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

I will eventually get to the Batwoman Picture of Detective Comics #233, featuring Batwoman on the cover riding a motorcycle, outrunning Batman and Robin comics that are currently on shelves, but before I do, I feel I have to do my due diligence in introducing the original Batwoman character.  I believe that it is only through understanding how and where she began that one can truly appreciate where she is today.  While the cover of that issue seems quite progressive for the 1950’s, as you can see to the right, the actual story line is more like two steps forward and three steps back. (more…)

Batwoman Part I: The Beginning

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

As promised in the last post, I am beginning a multi-part series on Batwoman.  Before I begin, however, I would like to discuss a bit about Picture of Batman: The Dark Knight in trade paper backwhat got me interested in this character in the first place.

As mentioned in the last post, DC came out in November 2011 with the New DC 52.  Many feature our favorite characters, but with a freshstart, some are new characters, and some are characters who have never had their own series.  I had recently read TPB (trade paper back) of Batman: The Dark Knightby Frank Miller with art by Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley. So when a new series of Batman: The Dark Knight began, I started buying it every month.  What the hell does this have to do with Batwoman, right? (more…)