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February 11, 2008

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Pat Curley

Here's a couple I can recall:

Batman #103 features Bathound, Movie Star, with Ace getting the red carpet treatment, and Detective #232's cover story was The Outlaw Who Played Batman, in which a major motion picture is made of the Caped Crusader's life. The latter is kind of an interesting story because it's done like a "reality" TV show where Batman supervises the choice of an actor to portray him. Of course, there were a lot of what I call "Celebrity Batman" stories in the late 1950s that touch on Batman as the equivalent of a movie star; see Batman #91's Batman's Publicity Agent, or Batman #92's The Fanmail of Danger for some examples.

suedenim

And Charlie Vicker played Green Lantern on a TV show, then wound up actually becoming a GL:

http://glcorps.dcuguide.com/profile.php?name=charlievicker

Rich

Man, how long before some writer takes the Goblin's rocket broom out of storage? I could totally see Fred Van Lente getting that into a Marvel Adventures book.

Nice to see the glasses/secret identity thing doesn't just work for Clark Kent.

Mark Engblom

Pat, you're amazing! I really appreciate your exhaustive Silver Age knowledge (as well as your excellent website).

Superman also had plenty of run-ins with movie makers. One that springs to mind is Superman's "Return to Krypton", where he not only got involved with shooting a movie, but he also fell in love with one of its stars, Lyla Lerrol. But you already knew that, didn't you?

Still...no DC stories (including the ones you cited) come to mind that involve nefarious movie makers like Marvel was so fond of.

Mark Engblom

suedenim-

That's right...I'd forgotten about that guy. Thanks for the refresher!

Mark Engblom

"Man, how long before some writer takes the Goblin's rocket broom out of storage? I could totally see Fred Van Lente getting that into a Marvel Adventures book."

Yeah, that would be a great idea for a story. I could imagine some two-bit thug or third-string villain finding the Goblin's old Flying Broomstick and using it for his own hairbrained schemes.

"Nice to see the glasses/secret identity thing doesn't just work for Clark Kent."

You'd think Hercules would recognize his dear old Uncle....but then again...it's Hercules.

Marionette

Also note that the lady on the right in that last Hercules picture is Wonder Woman's mom, Queen Hippolyta, in a rare non-DC appearance.

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