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Classic Comic Cover Corner – Detective Comics #339

Every Sunday morning we showcase a classic comic cover, complete with compelling commentary, for your cordial contemplation. It’s the Classic Comic Cover Corner!

Detective Comics #339 – May 1965

Cover art by Carmine Infantino & Joe Giella

Detective Comics #339
Detective Comics #339 – May 1965

Nearly thirty years before Keanu Reeves helmed the infamous explosive-filled bus that would blow up if dropped below 50 MPH (see 1994’s Speed), the Batman had a similar situation – but instead of bus with a bomb it was a gorilla with a bomb-belt strapped to its chest.

In the Detective Comics #339 story titled, “Batman Battles the Living Beast-Bomb,” the caped-crusader must hold an 800-pound gorilla (assuming that is its weight), named Karmak, over his head until the bomb’s timer runs out – otherwise Gotham City goes bye-bye.

As if Batman having to hoist a gorilla over his head isn’t cool enough, this classic comic cover also has one of the greatest lines ever when the Boy Wonder encourages the hero by yelling, “Hold that gorilla, Batman!” Awesome!

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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.

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