Sunday, February 22, 2009

March 2009 Is Bat-Mite Month!

For a blog entitled "I Believe In Bat-Mite", you may have noticed that I haven't covered any Bat-Mite stories. The reason for this is that 2009 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Bat-Mite's first appearance and I figured that would be the time to review some classic Bat-Mite tales. I was originally going to declare the month of May "Bat-Mite Month", as May 1959 is the cover date of Detective Comics #267, Bat-Mite's first appearance. I had searched, but wasn't able to find the actual release date. Then a few weeks ago, I became aware of the master list of every DC comic ever published at the excellent Mike's Amazing World of DC Comics. I gave it a look and it did indeed have the exact release date: March 31st, 1959. Several months earlier than I had planned, but luckily I already had most of the month planned out. Below is the review schedule for Bat-Mite Month. I'll be reviewing Bat-Mite stories throughout the character's fifty year history, from the Silver Age to the Modern Age to the recently released Super Friends #11, capping it off with a fiftieth anniversary review of Detective Comics #267.

Week One: Silver Age Bat-Mite
3/2 - "Batwoman's Publicity Agent" from Batman #133 (August 1960)
3/4 - "The Bat-Mite Bandits" from Detective Comics #289 (March 1961)
3/6 - "The Bat-Mite Hero!" from Batman #161 (February 1964)

Week Two: Team-Ups With Mr. Mxyzptlk
3/9 - "Bat-Mite Meets Mr. Mxyzptlk!" from World's Finest Comics #113 (November 1960)
3/11 - "The Incredible Team Of Bat-Mite and Mr. Mxyzptlk!" from World's Finest Comics #123 (February 1962)
3/13 - Superman/Batman: World's Funnest (2000)

Week Three: Bat-Mite In The Bronze Age and Nineties
3/16 - "Bat-Mite's New York Adventure" from Detective Comics #482 (Feb/Mar 1979)
3/18 - "Legends of The Dark Mite" from Batman: Legends of The Dark Knight #38 (October 1992)
3/20 - Batman: Mitefall (1995)

Week Four: Bat-Mite In The Modern Age
3/23 - Bat-Mite In Superman/Batman
3/25 - Bat-Mite In Grant Morrison's Batman Run
3/27 - "Imp-possible!" from Super Friends #11 (January 2009)

Week Five: Back To The Beginning
3/31 - Fiftieth Anniversary Review of "Batman Meets Bat-Mite" from Detective Comics #267 (May 1959)


Bruce said...

Alright! I can't wait to hear these synopses.

Pat said...

I never noticed it before but Detective #267 was an anniversary issue, wasn't it? Wow!

The reason I noticed is because the 70th anniversary is coming up, arguably in May (cover date) or April (actual newsstand date).

Jacque Nodell said...

I am so glad I have come across your blog (thanks Silver Age Comics)! I really dig Bat-Mite and I can't wait to read more of your posts!!!

Chris said...

Thanks! If you're a Bat-Mite fan, you've come to the right blog at the right time.

Sávio Christi said...

Well, has another number of World's Finest Comics with Mr. Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite (number 169); with the two imps Changed in Supergirl and Batgirl; when Batman and Superman are with a Bored tire in the Batmobile.

And the number 1 of the mini series Superman / Batman: Generations (the 1st of 3 mini series with the title Generations), the imps joined team-up again; when aliens want know who are the Best; Superman or Batman; for stop a invasion from another Planet.

Also, in an episode of the cartoon Batman: The Brave and The Bold; Called Legends of the Dark Mite, Batman meets Bat-Mite and mentions Metropolis and Mxyzptlk.