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Classic Comic Cover Corner – Batman #219

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Batman #219 – February, 1970

Cover art by Neal Adams

Batman #219 – February, 1970
Batman #219 – February, 1970

Did you see Batman appear before Congress last week? Well, Ben Affleck, who plays the caped crusader in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film, made an appearance anyway; and he made reference to the Dark Knight while lobbying for U.S. aid for Africa, one of the actor’s charity causes.

Bats typically sticks pretty close to his home in Gotham City (Presence knows he’s got enough problems there to keep him busy), but this “Batman goes to Washington” news story made me wonder if the comic book hero ever had any adventures in our nation’s capital.

Superman #268 - October, 1973
Superman #268 – Oct. 1973
Cover art by Nick Cardy

In Batman #219, in a story titled, “Death Casts the Deciding Vote,” by writer Frank Robbins, Bruce Wayne is accompanying Senator Lincoln Webster on a flight to Washington D.C. to promote one of his pet political projects. But when the plane is hijacked, Bruce’s amazing alter ego has to spring into action to save the day.

But Batman isn’t the only Chiroptera-themed crime-fighter to make a mark on the District of Columbia. Back in October of 1973, in Superman #268, Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) is semi-retired from her costumed escapades and is living in Washington D.C. – serving as a congresswoman in the United States House of Representatives.

When Clark Kent makes a trip to Washington, Batman talks the Man of Steel into going on a date with his former protégé (knowing that they are both super-nerds). But as things are apt to occur in comics, Clark’s trip goes awry and Babs has to don her congressional bat-suit in order to help save him.

On a side note, the real-life Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has appeared in three Batman films and Ben Affleck has confirmed that the politician will be also have a cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as well. So who says Congress can’t get anything done?

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Bob Leeper

Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.