Holy Silver-Age Vintage Awesome First Comic I Ever Read, Batman!

I managed to snipe this Silver Age beauty from the late 60’s for an obscenely  low price on eBay the other week. It’s one of the first appearances (I think second, even, maybe third?) by the Scarecrow. Scarecrow is my absolute favourite Batman supervillain (everyone got really obsessed with the Joker after 2008’s The Dark Knight, for some reason. Heath Ledger was mesmerising and all, but it’s not as if the Joker hadn’t been personified amazingly before) (hello, Jack Nicholson and Cesar Romero, anyone?) but yeah. I think Scarecrow is severely underrated when you look at what he’s capable of (anything) in terms of his powers!

This was the first comic I ever read when I was about thirteen or so. I found it in my school library as part of a DC collection called Scarecrow Tales and just fell in love with not only the character and storyline but the art and line work. (Scarecrow Tales is an amazing book. I highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest with the Scarecrow).

It took me forever to track down/remember, but I’m so happy! It’s in great condition, too!

Fright of the Scarecrow #189

Now, all I want (need) is World’s Finest Comics #3 from the 40’s (Golden Age) which features possibly my favourite issue ever, maybe, called: ‘Riddle of the Human Scarecrow’. A reprint of this issue was also featured in Scarecrow Tales, understandably, because it’s a very important Scarecrow comic. Duh. It features Scarecrow’s first ever appearance, and Jonathan Crane’s initiation which I love; (a normal human transforming them-self into a supervillain and seeing their reasoning and point behind it always interests me).

Who’s your favourite DC supervillain? Do you lean more towards Joker or Scarecrow? Or one of the others? Why?

Ah. I could talk about comics for days, but I have to start getting ready and wash this bleach off my hair. I’m going out tonight and my scalp is burning. Bleh.

“How about a kiss, Santy Claus?”

Can we just talk for a minute about how god damn handsome Maximillian Shreck (Christopher Walken) is in Batman Returns? Because god. friggin. damn.

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Am I the only one?! Surely I can’t be.. LOOK AT HIM! What a silver fox.

Scarecrow sympathy/Batman Begins sucked

Am I the only one who was a little weirded out that Cillian Murphy played the Scarecrow in Batman Begins? I mean, don’t get me wrong; Cillian is a great actor, it’s just… I dunno… when I think “Jonathan Crane” I don’t picture a clean-cut, fresh-faced, 20-something year old with piercing blue eyes and devilish good looks.

Dr Crane is an expert professor in his field (the psychology of fear), and is a smart, albeit insane psychiatrist who uses people’s worst fears as a crippling weapon against them. It just seems that his bitter nature has been decades in the making; Crane is someone who’s lived life, and because of that, lost his way and built up this intense hatred for humanity. I just always picture him as a 40-year-old dude in a suit with a moustache. Cillian Murphy just does not fit the image for me. Maybe, as I’ve read the comics, that’s just how I perceive Crane because the illustrations are so integrated in my memory, but meh.

Batman Begins wasn’t my favourite, anyway… Whilst I found the compromised Scarecrow plot interesting, it didn’t really resonate with me as a ‘super villain’ plot (COME ON, JUST A WORN OUT BURLAP BAG OVER HIS HEAD?); there was nothing that really stayed true to the original ‘Scarecrow’, no costume (AGAIN, JUST A FUCKING BURLAP BAG), no clutch of straw, nothing except the fear-inducing toxins (and they could have made them so much more scarier in the film! they suucked!)

Please note: I’m fully aware that the purpose of Batman Begins was not to focus entirely on Jonathan Crane/the Scarecrow

He’s a brilliant supervillian. I think his greatness is really overshadowed by every Batman fan’s weird obsession with the Joker (I love the Joker too, but come on). The thing that drew me most to the Scarecrow is that is he’s a psychologist-turned-psychopath which in itself is interesting. Plus he has the most AWESOME of ALL superpowers. Hello, he can make you hallucinate your worst fears in a sense that it becomes so real, you turn irreversibly insane. THE SCARECROW IS PRACTICALLY INVINCIBLE (I don’t care if Batman does overcome him, if you had the power to make people’s most intense fears come to life, you’d be pretty unbeatable too).

I just think the Scarecrow is super underrated, and whilst I’m not a huge fan of Cillian Murphy’s adaptation – I suppose his undeniable good looks make up for the lack of age and moustache

Sometimes the world makes no sense…

My thoughts are with anyone affected by the inhumane and mindless acts that were carried out at the Batman screening on Thursday. It’s staggering to me that people can’t even do a simple thing like enjoy a late-night cinema showing anymore…

It also begs the question; how many innocent people are going to be caught in the cross-fire of tragic massacres before the US seriously prohibits gun-owning laws? Columbine, Virginia Tech, mall shootings, etc. It’s disturbing. I sincerely hope something is done to permanently prevent these senseless acts.

I leave you with this:

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Peace.