It remains a classic 50 years later — but what did readers think at the time?
UPDATED 6/21/23: Batman #251 came out 50 years ago! Perfect time to re-present this piece from November 2020. For more on the anniversary, click here. Dig it! — Dan
Hey, we all know that 1973’s Batman #251 — The Joker’s Five-Way Revenge! by Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams — is an outright classic and one of the greatest Batman stories ever. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the best single issue in the Caped Crusader’s history — and I’m not alone in thinking that.
But it’s always fascinating to see what contemporary readers thought about a comic that has been lionized for nearly 50 years.
Well, jump ahead to Batman #254 and you’ll see what the fuss was about when the Clown Prince of Crime returned to Gotham after a years-long hiatus.
Almost universal praise, though reader Michael Sloan — where is he now, I wonder — was a bit all over the map.
But hey, they had hot takes even then.
— BATMAN #251: DENNY O’NEIL and NEAL ADAMS on Bringing Back THE JOKER. Click here.
— How Fans Reacted WHEN ROBIN LEFT FOR COLLEGE. Click here.