Classic Comic Cover Corner – Detective Comics #82

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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 #82 – December, 1943

Cover Art by Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson

Detective Comics #82 - December, 1943
Detective Comics #82 – December, 1943

Super Bowl XLIX is happening this weekend, right here in Nerdvana’s back forty (AKA Glendale, Arizona.) So we’d be remiss in our pop culture documentation duties if we didn’t join in the “excitement” and focus this week’s classic comic cover on football. (That is until Half-Time act, Katy Perry, starts making comic book appearances.)

In Detective Comics #82, from December, 1943, Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder (and even their butler, Alfred) hit the gridiron against the “Quarterback of Crime.” Of course, despite the claims of many Seahawks fans, we’re assuming there is no relation to New England Patriots Quarterback, Tom Brady.

Detective Comics #82 - December, 1943
Detective Comics #82 – December, 1943

The NFL could certainly use the “world’s greatest detective” on the case of their recent “Deflate-Gate” controversy. And who wouldn’t want to see Batman going up against the Patriot’s hard-nosed Head coach, Bill Belichick?

On a side note, in addition to the fun Batman feature and Bob Kane cover, this anthology issue is also remarkable in that it contains a WWII “Boy Commandos” story by comic legends, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.

If you can’t get enough of Arizona and “the big game,” you’ll want to check out Nerdvana contributor Russ Kazmierczak’s “Operation: XLIX” themed Amazing Arizona Comics #10.

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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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