Friday, July 20, 2007

Batman #195

Batman #195 (On Sale: July 20, 1967) has a strange cover by Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson. I like where Infantino was going with this cover, but the big red caption chopping off a huge chunk of the cover real estate (note that the cover does not continue above the caption) is poorly thought out.

Inside "The Spark-Spangled See-Through Man" is by Gardner Fox, Sheldon Moldoff and Joe Giella. Thief Ned Creegan robs the laboratory of scientist Nevil Logan, stealing specials gems that Logan had been using in radiation experiments. Creegan takes the jewels to a nearby fence to sell them when Batman and Robin arrive. During the fight with the Dynamic Duo Ned is transformed into a skeletal figure possessing an electrical touch. The electrical charge is able to stun Batman and allow him to escape.

Ned returns to the lab where Logan explains that Ned was exposed to radiation. He blackmails Ned into helping with his experiments, then gives him a pill that will temporarily cure the skeletal effect. Logan warns that every second Ned spends in that form will cost him a day of his life.

Edited by Julius Schwartz.


Dave Potts said...

You know, with that big red rectangle placed at the top of the villain's legs, the caption "...we don't even dare show you the rest..." kind of takes on a different meaning than what they intended.

Turbo said...

Batman rules!!!!!!! One of the most loved and watched superheroes of all time is Batman!!! Enjoyd every comic and cartoon and movie bout him!!!!