Friday, October 18, 2013

World's Finest # 175, May, 1968

This was a favorite with my friends and myself. Like the previous issue it looked very different from what we had been getting. This was, I believe, the first story where Neal Adams drew Batman.Neal's realistic, advertising art style was a shock to the system and one of the best things of the shark-jumping era that was then starting to occur at DC.

The Bat Lash ads were clever but they made him look quite mysterious when he would ultimately turn out to be a proto-hippie version of TV's Maverick.

Presented here in full, this was actually my favorite of all of the Round Table stories as it was the first I had seen of the Martian Manhunter's origin or even his John Jones identity. Oddly, this was the month where his most recent home, HOUSE OF MYSTERY, was converted to a mystery title. J'onn would appear briefly in JLA and then be written out of DC continuity for a number of years.

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