RandoMonday: Batman #469

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

Batman (1940) #469 by Chuck Dixon (story), Tom Lyle (penciler), Scott Hanna (inker), Adrienne Roy (colorist), Todd Klein (letterer), Kelley Puckett (asst. editor), Denny O’Neil (editor), and Tom Lyle (cover)

King Snake is back and out for Robin’s blood. Batman goes after the (somewhat lame) villain, defeating him mano y mano. However, one of King Snake’s associates has Batman in a rifle sight, but thanks to the Boy Wonder, Batman is spared. Of course, the Caped Crusader just yells at Robin for not obeying orders, despite the fact that the young whipper-snapper saved Batman’s bacon. Batman turns to leave, and Robin, Tim, tells him, “When are you going to realize … I’m not Jason Todd.”

This is a pretty plain-jane Batman story. As you might have guessed, I didn’t care for this C-list villain, and nearly the entire issue is devoted to him. There’s no tension here, no stakes, really (even for a Batman comic book), except perhaps for the relationship between the Dynamic Duo, but it’s fairly one-sided in this issue. The art is ok, and everybody has the same sort of cheekbones–I don’t know if that’s the penciler or the inker doing that, but it’s distracting.

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