BATMAN #237: O’Neil & Adams on the Greatest Halloween Comic Ever

A classic revisited.

There are a gazillion Halloween-themed comics out there but there’s one that stands above them all: Batman #237 — 1971’s Night of the Reaper! by Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams.

It’s probably the first cover I can remember seeing on the spinner rack:

And the story itself is a high point in the celebrated O’Neil-Adams collaboration:

Batman and Robin (and some of Dick Grayson’s very familiar-looking friends) find themselves in Rutland, Vt., for the annual Halloween Parade. A killer dressed as the Grim Reaper stalks the town — and it’s revealed (SPOILER ALERT) that he’s a Holocaust survivor bent on revenge. It’s a story that begins with a lot of atmospheric humor and ends in poignant tragedy.

It’s the best Halloween comic I’ve ever read — and it’s not even close. Adams himself called it “one of Denny’s richest and fullest stories.” And that’s saying something.

I spoke to O’Neil and Adams about Batman #237 separately a few years ago as I was launching 13th Dimension. Each interview was a part of THE NEAL ADAMS INTERVIEWS and THE DENNY O’NEIL INTERVIEWS, respectively.

I like to highlight those discussions every Halloween, so here they are, once again:

— DENNY O’NEIL talks about the genesis of Batman #237. Click here.

— NEAL ADAMS talks about creating the classic cover. Click here.

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— For the complete DENNY O’NEIL INTERVIEWS Index of stories, click here.

— For the complete NEAL ADAMS INTERVIEWS Index of stories, click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. O man… dig the floats. Thanks for bringing this memory back. I need to pull the comic out of the files now.

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