This is a bit of a self-focused post here on BOF, so forgive me if you don’t give a damn — I totally get it. BUT…
Hey, this is my 23-year old website and I can post anything I want!
When I was about 7 years old in 1973, I bought a copy of BATMAN #251 off one of those old “spinning comic book racks” at a convenience store in my hometown of Groves, TX.
As someone who became a Batman fan as a child via the 1960s BATMAN TV series starring the great Adam West, BATMAN #251 — “The Joker’s Five-Way Revenge” — had a HUGE impact on me and my Batman and Joker sensibilities going forward. This Batman and Joker — as presented by Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams — had a bigger influence on me than BATMAN ’66.
“My Batman” was from that moment and to this day, dark and series and “realistic” as possible.
That’s for indulging me.
Check out my video of my original copy of BATMAN #251 finally getting a cover — the cover that it’s long deserved. – Bill “Jett” Ramey