THE BRAVE & THE BOLD #150
(Cover by Jim Aparo)
Published and © by DC, May 1979
“Today Gotham … Tomorrow, the World!”
Synopsis: Batman is captured by a terrorist organization, but gets some unexpected help from one of his keepers.
Writer: Bob Haney
Penciler: Jim Aparo
Review: Reviews of The Brave & the Bold run the risk of sounding the same: Bob Haney (making his 117th B&B appearance here, according to the credits) puts Batman and a guest star du jour through their paces in a madcap, often over-the-top adventure. Along the way, he’ll toss in a kernel or two with real potential (this time out: the Keeper Karns character). In turn, Haney’s scripts are beautifully illustrated by the criminally underrated Jim Aparo (making his 49th appearance). This issue is a typical of their run — and that’s not a bad thing.
Cool factor: Not to sound like a broken record, but let’s go with Jim Aparo here. He’s one of the best Batman artists ever, and doesn’t get nearly enough love.
Notable: This issue’s “The Brave and the Bold” letters page includes a checklist, with credits, of all the team-up issues (#50-150).
Collector’s note: According to the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, there’s a Whitman variant of this issue.
Character quotable: “Wayne? What could those terrorists want with that playboy??” — Commissioner Gordon, showing why he’s not the world’s greatest detective.