Batman Wins the Internet

One of the obvious perks of putting together a whole Batman-themed week is being able to spend every day re-reading comics, tracking down bootleg copies of the Batman TV show (shhh), and obsessively googling random Bat-trivia into the wee hours of the morning, all in the name of research. Now that things are winding down, we wanted to share a few of our favorite links, comics, and random stuff we’ve run across in the process of stalking the Caped Crusader all over the internet…

1) Nico and Andy Warhol as Batman and Robin (above)—when this was posted by Warren Ellis a few months ago, completely blew my mind. Warhol, of course, directed Batman Dracula in 1964 as a campy homage to the old serials (although he didn’t have permission from DC, so it wasn’t released). Another fun fact: Batman Dracula stars heiress Baby Jane Holzer, who is parodied (along with the contemporary pop art scene) in a 1967 episode of the Batman TV series, “Pop Goes the Joker” (which Sam Weber posted about earlier this week). Crazy. For more fabulous photos from the Esquire shoot, go here!

Dustin Nguyen's Batman history

2) “In the beginning, there was Bruce…” Batgirl artist Dustin Nguyen’s concise (and adorable) summary of Bat-history might be the best introduction to any comic book, ever: check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

3) Rogue Operating Systems terrorize Gotham City: Illustrator/graphic designer Fabian Glez shows us what happens when Batman villainy meets inspired computer geekery…

Sexy Batman by Kate Beaton

4) Hark! A Vagrant’s Kate Beaton presents “The Adventures of Sexy Batman.” For those who prefer their Batmen slathered in vaseline.

5) Big adventures in tiny, tiny shorts: Inspired by Beaton’s Sexy Batman, ComicsAlliance’s Chris Sims responds with a timeline of the Caped Crusader’s sexy, saucy, and often shirtless history.

6) GIF madness (or, Welcome to the most hypnotic thing you’ll see all week): All of the actors who’ve played the Joker versus all of the actors who’ve played Batman over the years. Bonus: Joker action figures are officially terrifying (via toliveanddieinlondon)

7) Loldwell presents Batman City: Where Everyone is Batman. I’m pretty sure this is what geek heaven is like. Bonus: Going to Batman City? Better figure out your Batman name first.

8) Finally (and because Irene loves it), we give you Baman Piderman once again:

These are barely the tip of the internet iceberg, of course—please feel free to post your own favorite Bat-links, videos, and comics below. After all, Bat-Week may be over (for now), but Batmania is forever…

Bridget McGovern is fairly certain that The Velvet Underground & Batman is currently the greatest album ever in a parallel universe somewhere, and would very much like to go there.


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