Thursday, 5 April 2018

Batman & Enemy Ace: Ghost Of The Killer Skies

I'm back! D'ya Miss me?
And we're returning with an absolute belter. Batman meets Enemy Ace by Denny O'Neil & Neal Adams? Oh, hell yeah. Rush me my ticket, I am over 18, as they used to say. Sadly, this tribute to Kanigher & Kubert's WW1 anti-hero doesn't quite play fair, and Bats doesn't really adventure with The Hammer Of Hell. At least, not how we'd like them to.
So it's a bit of a missed opportunity here. After all, when Bob Haney had to get Bats and Sgt. Rock together in the pages of Brave & The Bold, he just did it, and ignored continuity. ( And don't bother telling me that was the Earth 2 Batman - you know Bob couldn't care less about that ).
However, this one is still a lot of fun.
And isn't it weird how many movie projects Bruce found time to get personally involved in?


  1. It seems much more likely that if that tassel did somehow manage to become tangled up in the propeller, it would only have yanked the flying cap off the pilot’s head rather than dragging him bodily out of the cockpit...

  2. Oddly enough, as I wake up here in Chicagoland, my first thought was this should be in DC's Weird War Tales because of the age issue. Bats should be a good 30-40!years younger than Ace?

  3. Well, as I say fellas, O'Neil was channelling Haney here, which means you're lucky the story makes any kind of sense at all!

    1. That's true of pretty much any O'Neil story

  4. Definitely a 'cheat' but I thoroughly enjoyed that!

  5. Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! Glad you are back complete with “Ghost of the Killer Skies”!

  6. Great to see you back as well Pete I always enjoy our blog - I loved anything by Adams back in the day and always wanted this comic (never seen it since today so thanks for showing it here) Neal's recent work whilst still showing signs of the old master have been shall we say a bit disappointing (i.e his new Deadman series)

  7. OMG ( as the kids say ) - I can't bring myself to look at his new Deadman, after suffering through Batman: Odyssey. Like the ravings of a madman, and not in a good way.
    BTW gang, I do take requests. If there's anything you've never read but wanted to, let me know, and if I have it, it'll go up.

  8. Oh man! I have loved this one ever since I first came across it in THE GREATEST BATMAN STORIES. That panel with the Enemy Ace's ghostly visage and Batman's "It's almost as though I'm getting help" panel brings a lump to my throat.

    It's kind of funny how the scarf is the killer, but Batman's cape poses no danger at all. But, like you say! Whatever works.