Comics are awesome


That is all.


PS: Okay, we couldn’t leave it unmentioned that this cover by Sheldon Moldoff has everything that a comic book cover needs: a screaming Robin in the corner; a Batman who is so freakish and powerful that he is bending lamposts with his freakish power; tiny silhouetted men who flee in terror while exhibiting the perfect body language of flee-ers; and of course an innocent bysander whose hat is blowing off in shock at the awful sight before him—Batman, a menace to all with his zebraness.
Taken as a group, this would still be a perfect comic book cover — throw in a zebra Batman and you have hit the jackpot!


  1. Torsten Adair says:

    It gets an honorable mention.

    True, it is one of the greatest Batman covers of all time, but it fails when the Donenfeld Theory is applied.

    Fire: no
    Gorilla: no
    Motorcylce: no (careening car could be a suitable substitute)
    Dinosaurs: no

    Here’s the Donenfeld Theory applied:

    The letters column in that issue of Secret Origins explains the theory in detail.

  2. Michael says:

    The Secret Origins cover also has the color purple (sans Whoopi Goldberg). I seem to recall that having some significance as well.

  3. When I first saw this cover as a kid (it was in the late 1980s), I instantly had to know what was going on – why was Batman dressed in zebra stripes? Why was Robin warning everyone to get out of the way? Batman – a menace?!

    I’m a child of the ’80s and ’90s but I miss the 1960s. Does that make sense?

  4. Steve says:

    Now let’s see the modernized Alex Rossified version!

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