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. 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. 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?