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Comic Memories

by Chris Lambert

Do they even need uniforms?
I remember the Strange Sports Stories from DC Comics in the early-mid 1960s. The five issue run never did get its own book, but the concept came back a few times in the mid-70s and was still pretty exciting. But for my memories, those early five were the best, "The Hot Shot Hoopsters," "The Phantom Prize Fighter," and others. I've already talked about the invisible baseball team in the "My Favorite Panel" essay.
But my favorite comic of this title is easily, "The Gorilla Wonders of the Diamond!"
This is a great story of super smart apes trying to take over the Earth with a special ray that emits from an invention nine of them have created. The super smart simians decide that they could cover all of America with the ray making the humans mentally regress (think "Planet of the Apes" with bats and gloves) if they planted the ray machines in all of the cities that held baseball teams. So the gorillas challenge the league and do their stuff but are outsmarted by a brilliant anthropologist. That's right…the world of humans is saved!
"Get your filthy paws off me, you damn ugly National League ape!"
Of course this above line is only MY commentary of the situation…and a great comic memory!



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Everything Batman

by Chris Lambert

Utility Bat? Today, I'm going to have my Batman discussion tie in with the rest of the issue's theme, hence…Batman and Baseball.
And this actually does tie in as Batman #90 (March, 1955) features on the cover… "The Adventures of Batboy!"
In this story (which barely contains an appearance by Batman at all) Robin teams up with a new crime fighter who has a similar origin to his own circus/murdered loved ones, but uses baseball and baseball bats as a way to fight crime.
The writer and artist of this comic team up to make this story quite the quirky one but very detail heavy as Midge Merril (a height challenged person of 40) takes on the persona of "Batboy" to fight crime and bring to justice the killers of his circus friends from five years earlier. It's a to the point story that takes back into Robin's origin and has a happy ending not bad for a story that's over 60 years old!



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