A classic revisited…
UPDATED 10/31/20: This is an annual tradition here at 13th Dimension — a look at the greatest Halloween comic ever: 1971’s Batman #237, by the late Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams. Read on — if you dare! — Dan
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.
— For the complete DENNY O’NEIL INTERVIEWS Index of stories, click here.
— For the complete NEAL ADAMS INTERVIEWS Index of stories, click here.