Posts Tagged ‘Batwoman’

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.

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.

[table caption=”Comics Needed” width=”450″ colwidth=”20|100|150″ colalign=”left|left|center|left|right”]
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.

Why Comics

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

A friend asked me recently when and why I got into comics. I waited for a response; my brain, seemingly stumped by the question, soon kicked into overdrive, trying to come up with an answer. Internally, on a separate channel, I kept thinking “this should be easy”.  After what seemed an eternity, I bought time by saying the obvious thing about reading comics as a kid and that my favorite was The Hulk.

picture of The Incredible Hulk, Issue 1

Issue 1

This was true, but I don’t remember how long I stayed with comics as a kid. I began reading novels in the fourth grade, and I think comics soon became a thing of my past.  On that particular day, I don’t believe I ever came up with a satisfying answer for either me or my friend.  But I have continued to think about it, and I believe I finally remember what spurred me back into comics and how it blossomed from that. (more…)