Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Robin, Agalmatophiliac

When Batman and Batwoman go out of town, leaving their teenage sidekicks alone and unsupervised, Bat-Girl immediately throws herself at Robin.

Despite the fact that he's a red-blooded teenage boy, and the fact that young Betty Kane is a pretty teenage girl, Robin rebuffs her.

Another woman, Robin? Who could it possibly be? You and Bat-Girl have so much in common! You both fight crime in Gotham City in masks, red and green costumes and bare legs, alongside grown-ups dressed like giant bats. Is there really another girl out there more perfect for you than Bat-Girl? Who?

A statue, Robin? Really?

(Above panels from the story "Bat-Mite Meets Bat-Girl" in 1961's Batman #144, by Bill Finger, Sheldon Moldoff and Charles Paris)

1 comment:

Jacob T. Levy said...

One of the defining differences between Golden/ Silver Age DC and Silver Age Marvel is that in the former girls are presumed icky and to be avoided lest they interrupt the boys' fun, whereas in the latter girls are presumed unattainable. Clark's longing for Lois always seemed a lot less important than Superman's attempts to escape her clutches...