Collection Stories- Batman: A Death in the Family

14 07 2010

Batman: A Death in the Family TPB cover. Art by Jim Aparo

My county is currently under a tornado watch, so if this seems rushed don’t blame me 🙂 

Batman: A Death in the Family written by Jim Starlin, drawn by Jim Aparo with inks by Mike DeCarlo 

  I remember one day when I was a young little boy I was reading a copy of Batman#442. I don’t remember exactly how the conversation happened, but my dad and I started talking about Batman and Robin. That conversation lead into my dad mentioned the story where Robin (Jason Todd) was killed by the Joker. I was intrigued by this story so I wanted to hunt it down and read it.

The next comic book convention my dad and I went to guess what I found? Yes, I found the trade paperback of Batman: A Death in the Family for only $2! I also found a copy of Amazing Spider-Man#200 for $2 as well, but that’s a story for another time. So one night my family went out for dinner at Perkins. I came along and brought Death in the Family with me. At that time I had already finished the first 2 parts of the story. So as we were seated and waiting for our food I was reading Part 3. That’s the part where (possible spoilers for those who haven’t read it yet, but this story has been out for 20 years so it’s your own fault if you haven’t read it yet) Joker beats the crap out of Robin while Robin’s mom stands unable to do anything about it. That was when anger started to boil up inside of me. Then I got to this page:

Art by Jim Aparo

Jim Aparo did a great job with the expressions of the characters because looking at the characters expressions and emotions brought a pain that really got to me. In fact I got so angry at Joker for killing Jason Todd and his mom that I started yelling and getting angry IN PERKINS. So imagine, if you will, a young kid at about the age of 7 or 8 complaining and getting mad over a comic book inside of a restaurant. Fortunately my parents calmed me down so nothing seriously embarrassing happened.  To this day that splash page of Batman carrying Robin’s dead body remains as one of my favorites. Reading A Death in the Family when I was young brought many years of hating the Joker. I had a serious dislike of his character. I still do although not as much. 

Reflecting back on this story makes me want to re-read this soon 🙂


Collection Stories: Amazing Spider-Man#141

12 05 2010

My copy of Amazing Spider-Man#141 signed by Gerry Conway

In the blog post series called Collection Stories I will talk about something from my collection and tell you guys the story behind it.

This happened a few years ago when I was at a Half-Price Books store. I was looking through the bargain section for comic books. After looking through a few rows of comic books I couldn’t find anything I wanted. A couple more rows later and I still can’t find anything. Finally, I get to the last row and I find the copy of Amazing Spider-Man#141 (pictured above, except it wasn’t autographed at the time) for .25 cents. I kid you not I found it for a mere quarter. I couldn’t believe my eyes. As I was flipping through it I was thinking, “What on earth could the previous owner of this comic done to this to make it worth a quarter?” As I finished analyzing the book there were a few things like a cut-out coupon inside, a few bent pages, blah blah blah. I’m not a big stickler about condition when it comes to comic books unless the book is beaten up beyond the point of readable. However, that was not the case for this book so I bought it along with a few issues of Ultimate Spider-Man.

Just recently last year I was at a convention in my hometown and it just so happened that Gerry Conway (the writer of ASM#141) was going to appear at the convention. So bringing this to the convention to have him sign it was a no-brainer. I now have this issue sitting in a shelf above my bed where some other special comics are on display.

Stay tuned for more Collection Stories!!! My plan is to tell one of these stories every Wednesday, so be sure to come back next week! Thanks for reading and feel free to leave a comment!