Sunday, November 24, 2013

The High Standards For DC Reprints, Circa 1976

In the letters column of Batman Family #4 (1976), prolific letter writer Bob Rodi has some criticisms of the choices DC was making for the reprints in each issue--too much Batman, not enough Family:

Gee, DC trying to ignore it's rich history...who ever would have thought?

Anyway, Bob Rozakis has a reply:

Ah, yes. We've seen before that in this era, DC was ultra-concerned that stories from their past might not be up to "modern standards." They simply couldn't allow the majesty of 1976 DC to be tainted by stories that aren't "worthy of being reprinted." (Of course, modern DC loves putting out expensive Archives or Omnibi; the fear of reprinting "lower quality" work has been trumped these days by their love of money. Or else DC no longer has standards. Discuss)

Oh, and reprinted, in the very same issue, an example of a story that DID meet those alleged high standards:


Set that bar high, DC. Set that bar high.

 "Batman Meets Fatman" is originally from Batman #113 (1958)

1 comment:

Smurfswacker said...

This story was significant because it was the first appearance of the legendary Fatman, the Human Flying Saucer.