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Batman - Arrested In 1952!

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A quick Google search brings up a fair few people who've been arrested for posing as Batman and either running afoul of the law, or just being idiots.  Some are benign, like the man who dresses up as Batman and entertains kids, through to the clown who posted an April Fools day joke, threatening to blow up a hospital unless paid $1,000,000 - as if calling it a joke later would wash with anyone.  However none of these guys have stumbled onto anything new - the first case I can find of anyone being seriously arrested for posing as Batman in Australia was in Melbourne, 1952.  Now that's just too ironic as Melbourne was founded by none other than Sir John Batman and the city was originally named Batmania.  And yes, I'm being deadly serious.  If the powers that be had retained the name Batmania, then I imagine that it'd be the most densely populated city on the planet by now.  I know I'd have moved there and never left.

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It's Good Friday! Kirby! Stout! Heath! Royer!

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For no other reason than it's Good Friday, here's two images that people might not be familiar with. The first is a Jack Kirby Superman sketch, a Mike Royer sketch, a Russ Heath 'Ms Thing' and a William Stout head sketch. All of them, barring the Royer drawing, were done circa 1980 and all appeared in the Panel Power ComicCon III programme - don't bother looking for it, it's rarer than any American convention programme.  Typical of the later Kirby work, the Superman logo is what Kirby thought it might look like, not what it actually was, but it's always good to see Kirby's pure Superman drawing, untouched by Al Plastino or any other DC artist. Enjoy!

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