My Journal

Comics and Burgers on Memory Lane

One of the biggest thrills of my early professional comic writing career was when I bought a comic I had written off the same rack where I bought comics as a kid. It was at Bill’s Drugs in Orinda, California. The same stand where I had bought Detective Comics #475, Spider-Man #121, Hulk #180, Uncle Scrooge #141 and hundreds of other stories I that had loved growing up. I had written a number of comics by that time, but I had always bought them someplace else. It felt very “Circle of Life” to buy my weekly comics at my childhood local place, walk down the block for a burger and shake at Nation’s and read the new books as I had done in years before…only now one of them was mine. I think every creative person has something similar that still charges them up. For some it’s hearing the orchestra play their new composition for the first time. For others, it’s when a new cartoon character speaks and it’s their voice giving them life. For comic geeks like me, it’s something like this.
I guess that’s a roundabout way of me saying that issue, The Batman and Robin Adventures #1, and many, many others are being collected into an Omnibus Volume to be released by DC later this summer. I’m in there, along with the amazing Ty Templeton who wrote and illustrated many magnificent tales of the Animated Dark Knight, and my much-missed friend and frequent DCAU compatriot, Hilary J. Bader. You can read more here: